On Friday, 26 October a concert will take place in St Alban’s Church, featuring violin virtuoso Mike Piggott, with his quartet, in an evening devoted to re-creating the magic of one the world’s finest  violinists, Stephane Grappelli.  

Mike has been described as “one of the best swing/jazz violinists anywhere” by no less than the “New York Jazz Times” and a “master of the jazz violin” by “Jazz U.K.” magazine.    Mike has toured,  recorded, and broadcast with a wide range of artists, (as both violinist and guitarist, and was at one time lead guitarist with the famous group Pentangle) including Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, Phil Collins, John Etheridge, etc.   Recent festival appearances include Brecon, Swanage, Marlborough, Keswick, etc. playing with top U.S. guitarist Marty Grosz, and in Xabia, Spain with Martin Taylor.  Mike’s many recordings have enjoyed great reviews in both U.K. and U.S.A. publications, and have been featured many times on BBC radio.

The quartet, with Mike on violin, comprises Nils Solberg, guitar, Andy Lawrence, double bass, and Rod Brown, drums/percussion.  Members of the quartet have also worked with, amongst others, Bryan Ferry and Nigel Kennedy.

The evening’s programme includes music by Fats Waller, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and many more, as well as favourites from the  “Quintet of the Hot Club of France”, which featured guitar maestro Django Reinhardt, whose place will be taken tonight by Nils!  The concert will illustrate highlights from Stephane’s time in Paris, to his later collaboration with Yehudi Menuhin and George Shearing.

The concert starts at 20:00. Tickets £10 from Frant Country Stores, or telephone Paul Barber (01892 750665) or Jane Emler  (01892 532233           Paul Barber

Diary dates for future concerts:
Friday 16 November  the David Rees-Williams Trio
Saturday 1 December  a double bill - Peter De Croos will entertain at the newly refurbished organ, Martin Hall-Nicholls, baritone, plus soprano (tbc) with Derek Watmough, piano, will give a recital of traditional English songs by candlelight!

In addition to the above, a date is yet to be confirmed for the inaugural recital at the organ by Simon  Preston.