Memories of the Mayflower: A Song Cycle by One Voice, One Cello and a Mad Belgian for Tuned In London


Tickets and livestream available from Tuned In London

September four hundred years ago, the Mayflower Ship set out to sail the Atlantic, a journey that was to take over nine weeks. By mid October, the voyagers, both religious separatists and fairer-fortune seekers, had still not reached land. The vessel's master and crew were Rotherhithe men. We invite you to take a pew as they would have done in St Mary’s Church, for a socially distanced live concert of new music that sets the scene as we slip into the shoes of those migrating adventurers, whose arrival on American shores had such an impact on the indigenous people already there and on those who were to follow. One Voice, One Cello & A Mad Belgian is a unique collaboration between two singer songwriters, cellist Rupert Gillett and soprano saxophonist and melodeon player Jennifer El Gammal. 

On sale will be a beautiful book that with context, quotes, original illustrations and lyrics, perfectly accompanies the CD they are launching. You can pre-order it when you buy a ticket to the concert, or if not attending the concert in person order the CD and book here.

Some practicalities

We intend this concert to be livestreamed for audiences at home, both near and far, to enjoy, so we will have cameras in place. This will be our first time livestreamed event from this church so wish us luck and bear with us!  If attending in person please wear a mask in the church. There will be no bar, and it is possible that your seats will be allocated before your arrival. The church has two metre distancing clearly in place already.  The church will have been aired during the day, and is spacious but we urge you to book in advance as seats will nevertheless be limited.  As we will be filming the event we kindly request you to arrive in plenty of time.  In the event of further lockdown measures rendering this concert impossible in person, we will offer to reimburse you and plan to reschedule. Our hope is to livestream whatever happens. 

The musicians

Rupert and Jennifer delve into jazz, rock, folk and pop, in playful fashion using only a cello, soprano sax and voice, while at the same time singing songs, when not about the Mayflower, about robots, space invaders, bogey men and other serious issues of the day.
Rupert Gillett is a highly active performer and session musician on the London scene and abroad. In 2018, he was a featured artist at the prestigious New Directions Cello Festival in Cologne, Germany. His unique 2 cello and violin jazz-fusion/crossover ensemble “Arcopia” with renowned jazz cellist Gunther Tiedemann (String Thing) and London-based violinist Chris Haigh (Bob Geldof, Michael Ball) performed at St Mary’s at Easter last year. We have also seen him as part of Dai & the Ramblers, and he plays with She’Koyokh, The London Klezmer Quartet and many more. Rupert has performed with Alison Moyet, as well as being featured live on BBC 2 television, BBC Radio London, BBC3 and BBC 6 Music with various ensembles. 
Musician, writer, comedian, sociologist, Blue Badge tour guide and magician, Jennifer El Gammal, aka “A Mad Belgian”, was born and bred on the Brussels music scene. There, she has worked extensively in theatre and music. Her musical projects include the modern jazz trio Uživati and the unique folk band Virevoltes, featuring melodeon, celtic harp and percussion. She also runs the blog & podcast A Mad Belgian. Jennifer is now based in London, but still travels around Europe with her fold-up bicycle and two instruments. 

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