In concert at Acapela Studios, Pentyrch, Cardiff.
Beatrix Players are a London-based all-female trio who make florid, adventurous music that operates at the interface between folk, singer-songwriter acoustica, prog and quasi-classical baroque chamber pop. There is a light, translucent quality to the music, and yet when it is not being hushed and reverent, it has the attack and thrust, the surging dynamism, of rock. It can be soft and intimate, but it can also be fiery and intense, epic and immense. There are tempestuous passages in their music that you can imagine being delivered by traditional rock instrumentation but it is the very absence of guitars and drums that means that there is nobody out there quite like Beatrix Players.
Beatrix Players’ music is sung, and largely performed, by Amanda Alvarez (cello), Jess Kennedy (piano, backing vocals) and Amy Birks (lead and backing vocals), with a little help from friends on violin and double-bass.
They came from Staffordshire, Melbourne and Madrid, this metalhead, grunge girl and classical folkie, converging on the capital, and getting together via a site called find-a-musician.com. “We were all newcomers to London from different parts of the world, different musical backgrounds, wanting to find a musical outlet and people to play music with,” recalls Jess. They consider their development to have been “natural”, the music they make the inevitable corollary of their easy relationship.
As for Beatrix Players, they are getting used to acclaim, and all manner of genre names being ascribed to what they do, from modern folk and baroque exotica to dark classical pop. They have been written about in Prog magazine, but they could easily be featured in Folk Roots or MOJO as well as Classical Music given their chamber music influences which come through in their song structures and arrangements, focused as they are on cello, violin, double-bass and piano.
The latest step on that journey is their debut album Magnified, so-called because “it is an introduction to the core; an intimate sounding trio, which deepens and intensifies through expansive arrangements and carefully crafted cinematic soundscapes”.
In 2017, Prog magazine readers voted the band best newcomers winning the Limelight Award…high praise indeed!
” Treasure the fragile beauty on show here and one which stands out far from the current crop of releases to be a unique and evocative piece of art” classicrocksociety.com
“Full of darkly etherial beauty…They all met in London and created a masterpiece called the Beatrix Players. Yesterday they released a masterpiece, their new album Magnified.” bearlyrambling.com
“Music is a wonderful thing; there are times when an album resonates with you and this has happened here for me.”
The Progressive Aspect
This concert was originally scheduled for 22nd April, all tickets from this date are valid for the new date.
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