Acclaimed genre-busting multi-instrumentalist pioneers, back at the Acorn with music ‘huge enough to fill a cathedral’
Described by Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington are The Blackheart Orchestra.
After 10 years of concert touring across the world, four acclaimed albums, appearances on Good Morning TV, Radio 2 and awards ranging from winning Best British Duo in the Exposure Music Awards, to fourth Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s readers’ poll and then being nominated for The Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards, the unique Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019.
The pioneering duo blend musical styles, seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Well known for producing music beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have always been too unpredictable for pop, too adventurous for the mainstream and too plain weird for folk. Fusing acoustic fragility and electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra bring together stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and classical influences. Often mistaken for an eight-piece band on first listen, their stage has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ or ‘laboratory’ where they are to be found continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex, choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their four critically acclaimed albums and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals and the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington, plus their fearless combination of the conventional and the unconventional, all reflect their self-created universe- where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
Nominated for The Limelight Award, 2018 Progressive Music Awards
Voted ‘Best British Duo’, Exposure Music Awards
Voted #4 Best New Band of 2018, PROG Magazine Readers’ Poll
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” – Rock Society Magazine
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant” – PROG Magazine
“Listening to Mostyn’s voice for the first time is a breathtaking experience” – After Dark
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces” – Fatea Magazine
“Phenomenally talented – a fantastic show” – Uber Rock
“Everything else almost seems boring in comparison” – Rear View Mirror (Australia)
“These are the musicians that the creative musicians listen to” – Scene & Heard
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with” – Xune Magazine
“Expect the unexpected, a refreshing lack of boundaries” – Louder Than War
“Liberating and unconventional – an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees” – No Depression
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” – Steve Hackett, Genesis
“Wow…just wow!” – Annie Haslam, Renaissance
“A special and singular voice” – Highclouds
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance” – Louder Than War
“Cinematic yet intimate, from intense and soaring to dreamy and tranquil…exquisite” – Sonic Bandwagon
“They remind us why music lifts us up” – Dalton Delan, American Public Broadcasting (USA)
“From heartbreaking to uplifting in a single song” – Western Star (Australia)
“Absolute brilliance” – A Journal of Musical Things (Canada)
“An ethereal musical landscape, an enchanting masterpiece” – Purple Revolver (UK)
“A great band” BBC Radio 2