Kate Dimbleby, the singing daughter of Britain’s great broadcasting family of voices weaves powerful,soulful a capella original songs with stories of singing with Bobby McFerrin, stepping out of Peggy Lee’s shadow and listening to find the song in everyone.
Doors open at 6:45 pm on Wednesday 21st June at St Mary Magdalen Bermondsey.
Songbirds weaves songs from Kate Dimbleby’s critically acclaimed original a capella album Songbirds (released in February by Folkstock Records and featured on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6 Music) with a personal story. Using techniques inspired by her work with virtuoso Bobby McFerrin, directed and devised with Katy Carmichael from Theatre Damfino and using a vocal looper to layer her voice and interact directly with her audience. The result is a unique and engaging audience experience, different at each performance.
For years Kate Dimbleby has made shows about other people’s voices and stories – Peggy Lee, Bessie Smith, Dory Previn. But she has always had another nagging voice in her head – what’s her true story, why is she not singing it and who are the people on that journey? So she started listening… from London to the forests of Canada, the streets of New York and Bristol, recording the sounds and people around her.
This special performance of Songbirds is in aid of Dimbleby Cancer Care, which helps provide care and support for people living with cancer through its work at Guy’s Cancer Centre, its national research fund and online information and advice services.
Tickets for Kate Dimbleby presents Songbirds
£12 Adults/£6 Children (6-18 years old)/Children under 6 free
Door open at 6.45 pm with the performance starting at 7.30 pm. Ticket price includes pre-show drinks, and you are welcome to join Kate for an informal reception after the show.Buy Tickets
“Stunning vocal virtuosity. An artist absolutely at the top of her game.” Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Part concert, part confessional. A project that is anything but conventional” **** The Times
“Halfway between pop and spirituals. Crystalline and credible” ****Mail on Sunday
“Subtle, fresh and at times gently startling” The Guardian
“Artist of the Week” Clive Davis in the Sunday Times – the “uncatagorisable Kate Dimbleby”