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12 Nights of Christmas ends a great 2017

We created an ambitious December programme of 12 evenings of great entertainment which has seen the venue see our biggest crowds ever. Across the 12 nights we achieved 8 full houses , 1 special pizza night and a BBC radio broadcast!

Kate bush Cloudbusting

Thanks to everyone who attended these events we look forward to repeating the 12 nights of Christmas in 2018…any ideas on who we should invite to perform please do let us know.

The 12 nights in order of appearance were:

  • Abba Arrival

  • Parry Isaacs

  • Ross Leadbeater

  • Keith James – the music of Nick Drake

  • CalanMade in Liverpool Beatles tribute

  • Mike Sanchez

  • Special Christmas Pizza Night with the Vocelle Choir

  • Made In Liverpool – Beatles Tribute

  • Cloudbusting – Kate Bush Tribute

  • Christmas By Candlelight – Alwyn Humphries

  • CK Gospel Choir

  • Lucie Jones

Thanks also to all the artists who took part in December and for giving us so many great times to remember.

Chris Difford of Squeeze to perform at Acapela in April 2018

Chris Difford in concert Cardiff WalesWe are delighted to announce that Chris Difford of Squeeze will appear at Acapela in April 2018 – another great event so please do ensure you book early.

The Squeeze co-founder has made a lasting contribution to music with hits such as ‘Cool For Cats’, ‘Up The Junction’, ‘Labelled With Love’, ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Tempted’. Despite the fact that Chris has helped soundtrack so many fans’ lives since his first release in 1977, the passion for innovation and love of playing still drives him to carry on writing rather than sit back and admire his handiwork.

Over the course of a 13 album career with Squeeze, it was clear from the very beginning that Chris Difford has few peers when it comes to smart, pithy lyricism. His ‘kitchen sink-drama’ style has drawn plaudits from fans on both sides of the Atlantic, while his influence is keenly felt today. The likes of Lily Allen and Mark Ronson, Kasabian, Razorlight and The Feeling have all recognised the debt they owe to Squeeze’s music and to Difford’s way with words, while journalists were moved by his winning combination with Glenn Tilbrook to dub the pair ‘The New Lennon and McCartney’.

Boo Hewerdine (The Bible) will be his special guest for the evening.

Tickets are available from 6.00pm Thursday 21st December

Look who’s recording at Acapela Studio – DECCA Records and Trystan Griffiths

Trystan Griffiths recording at Acapela Studios for DECCADecca Music recording at Acapela Studios in Pentyrch CardiffWhilst the concert activities are well publicised to all, the studio recording work at Acapela is less well known.

We were delighted at the weekend to welcome Decca Records who utilised our great studio and performing space to record an album for Welsh tenor Trystan Griffiths.

The recording session was set up to record Trystan’s first CD for Decca and included Ar ÔL Tri the male voice choir from Cardigan, pianist David Doidge and cellist and conductor Steffan Morris.

If you ever wondered what the room to the right of the stage is for, then the photos reveal all…..no he’s not locked in it’s the vocal sound booth!

Check out Trystan singing for the Welsh rugby union below

Singing for The Welsh Rugby Union at half time!

Posted by Trystan on Saturday, 2 December 2017

Magenta Concert Review

Magenta returned to the unique Acapela Studios just outside Cardiff for what is fast becoming an annual visit to perform a very different set to their standard concert.

The set included the full Magenta line up with Rob Reed minus his electronic keyboard playing grand piano, together with assorted guest musicians including cello and oboe.

The concert commenced with a guest appearance by Les Penning best known for his work with Mike Oldfield on the album Ommadawn, playing an amazing series of pieces with Magenta from the incredible Ommadawn and Rob Reed’s Sanctuary . It was clear from the rapt attention from the crowd that the audience were aware of his contribution to such prog classics as they enthusiastically showed their appreciation. A quite amazing start to the evening.

Further tracks followed from Sanctuary with Christina Booth then taking to the stage to perform tracks from her solo album which included wonderful versions of Same Old Road and The Way Back to My Heart. But the stand out track from the Booth segment was the laid back, jazz, funk rendition of Devotions with Rob Reed showing what an excMagenta cardiffChristina Booth Magenta Cardiffeptional pianist he is!

After the interval the band went into overdrive with Magenta classics coming fast and furious with beautiful performances of Gluttony, and Envy from the album Seven as well as the beautiful Call Me with the converted Welsh chapels tremendous acoustics ensuring that the hairs stood proud on the back of everyone’s neck! It was obvious in a past life that Christina must have been a choir girl as her voice was as clear as a bell in the chapels surroundings, bringing an intimacy to each song that you can only experience in an acoustic performance.

But tonight, was all about being different and Magenta delivered the most wonderful mix of acoustic versions of old Magenta and solo band member favourites together with a fantastic selection of covers. As the concert reached its conclusion Les Penning re-joined the band on stage for a superb rendition of Mike Oldfield’s “In Dulci Jubilo” with Chris Fry effortlessly reproducing the original guitar solo. With the band finishing the encore with the Yes prog classic “Wonderous Stories” – (Rick Wakeman eat your heart out as Rob Reed again shone on piano faultlessly running up and down the keyboard) bringing the song to life as the high ceiling of Acapela allowed the notes to resonate around the venue.

And finally, the last word to Christina Booth who smashed the final song, a magical performance of Kate Bush’s “Hounds of Love”. If you missed this special concert by Magenta at Acapela then don’t worry as the November 2018 concert tickets are already on sale.

Barbara Dickson tickets – HUGE DEMAND

If you haven’t bought your Barbara Dickson tickets yet then you had better be quick……they went on sale at 6.00pm yesterday and have almost all gone!!

Buy them online at the Barbara Dickson ticket page on our website.

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

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