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Friday, 13 February 2015

Review: An Evening With Rick Wakeman


Rick Wakeman has written tonnes of film scoresGETTY
Rick Wakeman has written tonnes of film scores
Aging rock stars are two a crotchet these days and I would normally run a mile to avoid seeing them perform but Rick Wakeman is something different. Having come to fame as a member of the group Yes in the 1970s, he has maintained an on-off relationship with them more or less ever since, while taking time off to write and perform his own albums, write film scores, play keyboards from organ and grand piano to a bewildering variety of synthesizers, appear on shows such as Just A Minute, The News Quiz and Grumpy Old Men and generally stun audiences with his extraordinary musicality and versatility as raconteur. 
It was all on show at the South Bank's Queen Elizabeth Hall where he teamed up with the young and talented Orion Orchestra, two school choirs and two soloist singers, whom he referred to as his "sing-people" for an evening of music and chat.
He began by looking the very model of the aforementioned aging rock stars by shambling, smiling onto the stage, taking his hands out of his pockets, sitting at the piano and launching into a wonderfully energetic jig (played not danced) accompanied by the orchestra
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