Most recent Concert
A sold out concert in aid of the NSPCC, organised by the Hurstpierpoint and Hassocks NSPCC support group.
With singer Julie Roberts, pianist Michael Hinton. Special guests Claire Lacey, cello, and Herbie Flowers, tuba and electric bass.
Jazz, blues and contemporary songs
Venue: the Great Hall of Danny House, the Elizabethan mansion in Hurstpierpoint, 7 August 2022.
Thanks to the generosity of the audience the concert raised £1075-00
Julie, Claire and Michael
Julie Roberts, Claire Lacey and Michael Hinton at Danny House, 7 August 2022. Photo by George Cox.
Herbie Flowers entertaining with his vintage tuba. Photo by George Cox.
Julie Roberts. Michael Hinton, Herbie Flowers
Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton 7 August 2022 in Danny House
Julie Roberts, Brighton Fringe Festival, Herbie Flowers Jazz Breakfast, 2022
Danny House, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex, BN6 9BB UK. Elizabethan Mansion.
The British War Cabinet (including Lloyd George and Winston Churchill) met here in the great hall
in November 1918 to consider the terms of the Versailles Treaty.
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 Foundation – 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.
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.
Julie Roberts vocals, Mike Hatchard piano, Terry Pack double bass - British Heart Foundation Concert - 10 April 2022
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.
- "Feeling Good" Julie Roberts and Michael Hinton. 2017
2019 at The Hassocks Hotel, sold out, shortly before the first covid lock-down.
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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