Jazz Vocalist

Julie Roberts

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THE CONCERT THAT COVID COULDN'T KILL -  raised

£1088-00 for British Heart Foundation

Musicians win through in spite of last minute disaster

Our Jazz and Blues concert was planned with Julie Roberts vocals, Michael Hinton piano, and Herbie Flowers double bass – in aid of British Heart Foundat​​ion – for Sunday 10th April, in Ditchling Village Hall.

​​First man down
Ten days before the concert Herbie Flowers was ill and phoned to say he couldn’t
take part in the concert. We were very lucky that an outstanding bass player, Terry Pack, was available and willing to play on that date. Many people were especially looking forward to seeing and hearing Herbie so there were a number of returned tickets.
​​All set for success, then disastrous news
In spite of this setback we sold out and looked forward to playing to a full house.
On the morning of the concert Michael Hinton phoned to say that he had woken with a fever and had tested positive for covid.
He suggested that we should phone pianist, Mike Hatchard, as a pianist who had the ability to make a success of a performance without preparation, although he (Michael Hinton) would make available all his carefully prepared chord charts for every song in the show.
Julie phoned Mike Hatchard who was about to leave home to rehearse the Shoreham Singers by Sea choir in Shoreham. In spite of a full morning’s schedule Mike readily agreed to take on the challenge.

Countdown
By 2pm the stage was set and Mike, Terry and Julie could have a quick look at the chord charts. At 2.30 the doors opened with much of the programme still unseen by Mike.
At 3pm I introduced the show and explained that we had an extraordinary situation which relied particularly on Mike Hatchard’s musical talent and quick thinking to carry the show through – and of course the nimbleness of singer and bass player to work with an accompanist working without preparation.
The show began. The atmosphere was charged with an unusual degree of hope, fear, and excitement. At that moment no-one knew what might happen in the coming minutes and hours.
​​Triumph over adversity
Mike especially, but also Julie and Terry, were by general agreement, amazing. The warmth, humour, musical variety, and talent of the performers delighted everyone present.
​​The concert raised £1088-00 for British Heart Foundation, money that will go to fund further research into the prevention and treatment of heart disease, strokes, vascular dementia, high blood pressure and related circulatory problems.

David Roberts, 11 May 2022.

British Heart Foundation Concert Musicians 10 April 2022

Julie Roberts vocals, Mike Hatchard piano, Terry Pack double bass - British Heart Foundation Concert - 10 April 202

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Heart Foundation poster for concert
Julie Roberts with Michael Hinton

Julie sings mainly with the superb piano accompaniment of pianist/composer/arranger, Michael Hinton.

Hear Julie Sing

Julie’s beautiful and powerful performance of Feeling Good, with Michael Hinton on piano, recorded live at the Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham UK 22 October 2017.
You can hear more tracks on the “Hear” page.

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Feeling Good

  • "Feeling Good" Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton. 2017
Julie Roberts Cuckfield Music Festival flyer
Julie Roberts NSPCC concert
Julie Roberts at Hassocks Hotel
2019 at The Hassocks Hotel, sold out, shortly before the first covid lock-down.
Julie Roberts and Herbie Flowers 2021pic

Julie with legendary bass player, Herbie Flowers, in Brighton Fringe Festival in the Spiegeltent, 27 June 2021. Michael Hinton played the piano.

"Julie is a fabulous singer...

       “Julie Roberts is a fabulous singer…  I love that dark smoky voice . . . She’s really brilliant. . . Really  sophisticated  . . . a great singer.”
Claire Martin, speaking on BBC South Live. (Claire Martin is an internationally renowned jazz vocalist and recording artist.)  

        “Julie is a wonderful interpreter of jazz standards,”  –    Mike Hatchard,  jazz pianist.    

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