Mid-July four hundred (and one!) years ago, the Mayflower Ship set out to sail the Atlantic. The voyagers, both religious separatists and fairer-fortune seekers, did not reach land until over nine weeks later. The vessel's master and crew were Rotherhithe men. Tuned In London invites you to take a pew as they would have done in St Mary’s Church, for a socially distanced live concert of new music that sets the scene as we slip into the shoes of those migrating adventurers, whose arrival on American shores had such an impact on the indigenous people already there and on those who were to follow. One Voice, One Cello & A Mad Belgian is a unique collaboration between two singer songwriters, cellist Rupert Gillett and soprano saxophonist and melodeon player Jennifer El Gammal. We are delighted to welcome back American actor Nathan Osgood as narrator.
On sale will be the duo's recently released CD of the live performance of the premiere last October, which includes narration by Nathan Osgood.
On sale too will be the last few copies of the beautiful book that features historical context, quotes, original illustrations and lyrics.
Local historian Graham Taylor, whose expertise was so invaluable to us in preparing this concert, will be selling his book The Mayflower In Britain at a special reduced price, and will be on hand to sign your copy too.
As lockdown measures continue, we will be seating you in a socially distanced fashion. If you or anyone you live with feels unwell, has been asked to isolate or has any of the symptoms of COVID 19, we ask you to stay at home. Please wear a mask. In order to keep interaction to a minimum and safety at a maximum, we invite you to pre-order your drinks. The church will have been aired during the day, and is spacious.
We urge you to book in advance on the Tuned In London website. Doors will open 7pm.
Rupert and Jennifer delve into jazz, rock, folk and pop, in playful fashion using only a cello, soprano sax and voice, while at the same time singing songs, when not about the Mayflower, about robots, space invaders, bogey men and other serious issues of the day.
Rupert Gillett is a highly active performer and session musician on the London scene and abroad. In 2018, he was a featured artist at the prestigious New Directions Cello Festival in Cologne, Germany. His unique 2 cello and violin jazz-fusion/crossover ensemble “Arcopia” with renowned jazz cellist Gunther Tiedemann (String Thing) and London-based violinist Chris Haigh (Bob Geldof, Michael Ball) performed at St Mary’s at Easter last year. We have also seen him as part of Dai & the Ramblers, and he plays with She’Koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet and many more. Rupert has performed with Alison Moyet, as well as being featured live on BBC 2 television, BBC Radio London, BBC3 and BBC 6 Music with various ensembles.
Musician, writer, comedian, sociologist, Blue Badge tour guide and magician, Jennifer El Gammal, aka “A Mad Belgian”, was born and bred on the Brussels music scene. There, she has worked extensively in theatre and music. Her musical projects include the modern jazz trio Uživati and the unique folk band Virevoltes, featuring melodeon, celtic harp and percussion. She also runs the blog & podcast A Mad Belgian. Jennifer is now based in London, but still travels around Europe with her fold-up bicycle and two instruments.
Nathan Osgood has been in numerous movies, including playing Mark Twain in Holmes and Watson, and appearing in Florence Foster Jenkins and Mission Impossible. He has been in Holby City, The Honourable Woman, and Undercover on television. On stage he was most recently on Broadway in All The Presidents Men and has done seasons at the National Theatre, The Royal Court, Chichester, and the West End. He won an Earphones Award for his audiobook read of Bill Bryson’s The Road to Little Dribbling and had read other high-profile audiobooks, including Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides. He has voiced many videogames, notably playing Old Luke Skywalker in Lego Star Wars as well as The Fixer in Cyberpunk 2077 and other roles in Golden Eye 007, Looks to Kill and The Division. Nathan runs his own Acting Studio in the West End, and is also an experienced jazz musician.