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SUNDAY 12th OCTOBER 2014, 7.30pm
SUNDAY NIGHT JAZZ
PUTTING ON THE RITZ
with Edward D'Arcy Hatton (voice) & Tim Mottershead (piano)
We invite you to a very special musical evening in the company of our guest artistes, vocalist Edward D’Arcy Hatton, and pianist Tim Mottershead.
As the title of the event suggests, the evening will be primarily devoted to songs of the Jazz era, with many taken from musicals, films, or the ‘Great American Songbook’ by composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers; together with related European songwriters such as Henry Mancini, and Leslie Bricusse.
Edward and Tim will present their own unique take on songs which are closely associated with legends such as Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Nat King Cole & others.
To include (amongst others):
Feelin’ Good (as popularised by Nina Simone)
Summertime by Gershwin
Smile by Charlie Chaplin
Ol’ Man River (as popularised by Paul Robeson)
Moon River (from Breakfast at Tiffany’s)
Wonderful World (immortalised by Louis Armstrong)
I’ve Got You under my Skin by Cole Porter
...together with some more recent popular items, a piano solo or two, & the odd surprise perhaps?
Having gone their separate ways since their undergraduate days in Liverpool, Edward and Tim met again a decade ago and decided to perform together. Audiences and reviewers alike have commented on the breadth of their programmes, their attention to detail, and the obvious rapport of their musical performances. They were nominated for two awards at the 2008 Buxton Fringe Festival.
Tickets £7 available soon on the bar or online
Edward D'Arcy Hatton
Edward hails from Liverpool and studied singing with Jean Gordon Brown at Sandown College of Performing Arts, where he first met Tim. Whilst a post- graduate student at the prestigious Royal College of Music with Professor Edward Brooks, he won both the Exhibitioner and Opera scholarships. Subsequent engagements included: Wexford Opera; Covent Garden; English National Opera; the English Bach Festival, and Madrid Opera. Ed's performances in recital and on the concert platform have taken him all over the UK and also to Europe. With a command of numerous languages, recent recitals have included performances in Russian of works by Mussorgsky and Shostakovich, where Russian audience members thought Ed was, in fact, Russian! Whilst being a seasoned performer in operatic roles and bass-baritone repertoire, he is equally at home in an eclectic mix of different genres. Ed is also an accomplished conductor, actor, playwright, and director.
Tim Mottershead was born in Cheshire, and studied at Sandown College of Performing Arts followed by postgraduate research at Aberdeen University, where he was in receipt of a Ralph Reader Memorial award. However, he feels he has learned most from a long friendship with the composer-pianist Ronald Stevenson. Tim has taught piano since 1987, and in the 1990s lectured in music at various colleges in North West England. His musical interests are wide ranging. He is regarded as an authority on the English composers Edmund Rubbra and Alan Rawsthorne, on whom he has published a biography. He regularly contributes to scholarly publications, notably TEMPO, Piano Professional, and earlier this year wrote the leading article ‘Gerard Schurmann at 90’ (at the request of the composer) for the re-launch of Musical Opinion. As a composer of more than a 150 works, he now writes mainly for specific performance projects. Besides performances with Edward, Tim is active as a solo pianist in a wide range of repertoire from film music to contemporary classical composers. He is a founder member of the Indian Raga Jyoti who, shortly after their formation were awarded first prize at the Buxton Fringe Festival, and also performed for Ravi Shankar – with national tours taking place in 2010 & 2012. The venues Tim has performed at include: Acton Town Hall, London; the Arts Depot, London; Bolsover Castle, Derbyshire; Bramall Hall, Cheshire; Bridgewater Hall, Manchester; Conway Hall, London; the Curve, Leicester; Fairfield Hall, Croydon; Imperial War Museum North; Leamington Spa Art Gallery; Leeds Town Hall; the Lowry, Salford; Lyme Park, Cheshire; RNCM, Manchester; Sewerby Hall, Bridlington; Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood; the Tate and Walker Art Galleries, Liverpool; besides festivals, universities, libraries, etc