Chichester Jazz Club

Heather Cairncross and David Newton with Steve Thompson

Friday, February 21, 2014

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After graduating from the City of Leeds College of Music, David Newton worked in musical theatre mainly for playwright Alan Aykbourn. He became the musical director for Carol Kidd in the late 1980s and then in 1995, started a long association with American songstress Stacey Kent, with whom he spent the next ten years touring the world. In that time, he won the British Jazz Awards eleven times as a pianist or soloist and appeared on over seventy albums, fifteen of them being his own.

Heather Cairncoss’s uniquely versatile voice has allowed her to sing internationally at the highest level in many genres. Her career has included concert performances at Carnegie Hall with Stephane Grappelli, operas at La Scala, Milan, and solo engagements with leading ensembles including the Monteverdi Choir with Sir John Eliot Gardiner, and the Chicago, Boston and London Symphony Orchestras. She is equally in demand in the recording studio. In addition to the fifteen albums she recorded as a member of The Swingle Singers, she has sung for artists such as Tony Bennett, Björk, Mike Oldfield and Michael Jackson. She has also recorded many film scores including Lord Of The Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars and La Vie en Rose (BAFTA 2008 winner).

Of her recording ‘At last’ pundits have said:-

“I am not overstating it to suggest this recording is absolutely exceptional… is as good as any vocal album I have ever heard for a very long time. Just superb!” Just Jazz Magazine

“...a remarkable example of empathy and understanding…as near to perfect as you’re likely to get.” BBC Radio Ulster

“When Cairncross sings……she makes every word count. Her voice, technically excellent and emotionally engaging, gives each lyric a very personal perspective, as if these are her stories, not just her interpretation of others' tales. It's the mark of a great jazz vocalist.” All About Jazz

MUSICIANS: David Newton – piano; Heather Cairncrosss- vocals; Steve Thompson – bass.

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