A short reminder to inform you about the upcoming Memorial Concert for Robert Kirby.
It's lining up to be a wonderful evening, we hope you can make it.
ROBERT KIRBY MEMORIAL CONCERT
A handful of friends and collaborators gather together to celebrate the music of Robert Kirby - one of the world's most beloved pop/folk string arrangers, on the first anniversary of his untimely death.
This is a special one-off concert featuring Robert Kirby's arrangements, conducted by Harvey Brough with performances by Teddy Thompson, Vashti Bunyan, Steve Ashley, Luke Jackson, Ben & Jason (reformed for this show only!), Harvey Brough & Clara Sanabras, and a one-off appearance from Fab Cabs, Robert's choral group from Caius College, Cambridge in 1967!
Date & Time: Sunday 3rd October at 2.30pm
Tickets: £18.50 available here to go to 'we got tickets.com' or click image below.
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Steve Ashley has long been regarded as one of British folk’s finest singer-songwriters, from his award-winning debut album Stroll On (Gull Records, 1974) through to his latest album Time and Tide (Topic Records, 2007). Many folk artists have covered Steve’s songs, including, Fairport Convention, Anne Briggs, Wizz Jones, Martin Simpson, Phil Beer, Grace Notes, The Bushwackers and St Agnes’ Fountain, among many others. His friendship with Robert Kirby dates back to 1971, when they first worked together on Stroll On. Robert’s strings and recorder arrangements were crucial elements in the album’s success, as were the strings and brass on the follow-up, Speedy Return, which Robert also produced. In all, Robert wrote 13 orchestral arrangements for Steve and his work appears on five of his albums. Robert and Steve also performed live together in three separate orchestral concerts. The last of these was at Cheltenham Town Hall in February 2009 - one of Robert’s last public appearances - in a headline concert at Cheltenham Folk Festival.
For the last 30 years he has worked in an extraordinary number of musical styles, always with the best and most interesting collaborators in each discipline.
He started his musical life aged six, as a choirboy at Coventry Cathedral, singing Bach Cantatas and recording Benjamin Britten compositions by the time he was thirteen. He studied at the Royal Academy of Music with Lady Barbirolli and then at Clare College Cambridge. Since then he has worked professionally in music, as a performer, arranger, conductor, producer and composer.
FAB CAB / THE GENTLE POWER OF SONG
featuring Robert Kirby (far left - click for larger image)
Six choral exhibitioners at Caius College, Cambridge, took to singing Yale Song Book classics (songs 1 and 2 today), other barber-shop songs, psalms with rather un-religious lyrics and pop songs from the Beatles (song 3), Beach Boys and others at parties and May Balls. This was in 1966-67 and Robert was a key contributor of voice, musicality, arrangements and pranks. Initially the group was called Fab Cab (derived from “fabulous cabaret”) and was usually six male a capella singers drawn from a group including John Potter, David Sloan, Marcus Bicknell, Alan Fairs, Martin Nelson, Chris Cole, Chris Johns, Hugh Dibley and one Robert Kirby. The first five of these singers appear at Robert’s memorial concert on 3rd October, for the first time in 43 years, assisted by two other Cambridge singers, Edward Bailey and Marcus’s brother Julian Bicknell.
The group was spotted by producer Richard Hill the Caius May Ball in June 1967. He saw the value of choral harmonies in a pop setting and he set about creating the concept of The Gentle Power of Song. A pop single, an album of carols (Peace, Polydor 583017), the pop choral album Circus (Polydor 583034) and appearances on BBC TV’s Dee Time and Late Night Line Up were the result. So Robert was a bit of a star before he became so well known for arranging.