What to expect at Audley End Summer Concerts this weekend

Amy Dickson. Photo: Chris Dunlop Amy Dickson. Photo: Chris Dunlop

Friday, August 1, 2014
5:40 PM

Audley End has just about stopped shaking from The Modfather’s gig last Saturday – only for things to be stirred up again by ‘the James Bond of classical music’.

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The Greatest 80s Party...Ever will showcase the talents of Tony Hadley, Midge Ure, Heaven 17 and Johnny Hates Jazz on Saturday, before a host of classical acts grace the stage for the Last Night of the Audley End Proms on Sunday.

Joining Gardar Thor Cortes, the Icelandic tenor blessed with the suave nickname, will be classical saxophone player Amy Dickson.

The 32-year-old, born in Australia but who now lives in London, chatted to the Reporter about her upcoming appearance at Audley End.

“I have spoken to a few other people who have performed at Audley End and they’ve told me how it’s a really fantastic event. It’s going to be great – I can’t wait,” said Amy, who has played at world class venues across the globe.

“It’s so lovely doing concerts outside. I think the main difference between them and performing somewhere like the Royal Albert Hall or Sydney Opera House is that there’s a more fun element to it.

“Other outdoor concerts I’ve done have been such a nice experience because everybody’s been in great mood and they just want to have a lovely evening. As a performer, you feed off that and want to give it back to them.”

Asked what the audience can expect, Amy, who won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2013 Classic Brit Awards, said: “I get quite a unique sound out of the saxophone. Without fail, I have people coming up to me at the end of every concert I do and they say ‘I’ve never heard the saxophone played like that before’. It’s a tone I’ve been working to be perfect my whole life.

“It is much more classical but a sax being a sax, obviously there is a jazz element to it. The great thing about a saxophone is that you can generate such different sounds from it.”

Among the songs performed will be Moon River, off Amy’s new album due out on August 25, which she is playing live for the first time.

As for Gardar, 30, who has just taken four years out to focus on his new-born son and family, he is looking forward to a potential collaboration between the various artists. Laura Wright and Camilla Kerslake are also on the bill, while there will be an appearance by The Grace Spitfire and a fantastic firework display.

“I’ll be performing stuff from my new album,” said Gardar. “The great thing about my music is that it features a lot of cross-over between genres, which opens up a huge market of people who are interested in classical music but not quite sure if it’s something for them.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

Visit audleyendconcerts.com for more information

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