Entries by 7 Star Arts

Meet the Artist – Alex Hall

I’m quite meticulous about repertoire. I take into account venue size, who I’m performing with, even the day of the week, promoters, general audience etc. I think people are collectively much more in an upbeat mood on a Friday evening compared to Monday so it’s important I don’t ‘offend’ them with a 250BPM aggressive bebop track on a Monday evening, for example!

“For me, success is journeying towards ever more authentic and creative personal expression” – interview with Jasmina Kulaglich of Trio Bohème ahead of their concert at The Jazz Room on 9 July

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? My cousin, a pianist, put me on the piano at the age of six. I immediately fell in love with the instrument because of the range of colours that can imitate the whole orchestra. For me, one of the great challenges for the pianist […]

“I’m a balladeer at heart” – interview with Matthew vanKan

Ahead of his Nat King Cole Centenary Celebration at The Jazz Room at The Bull’s Head, we caught up with singer-songwriter Matthew vanKan to find out more about his musical influences and inspirations….. Matthew vanKan Nat King Cole Centenary Celebration is at The Bull’s Head on Monday 24 June. BOOK TICKETS Who or what inspired […]

Meet the Artist – Mei-Ting Sun, pianist

Mei-Ting celebrates the birthdays of Franz Schubert and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in a special concert on 27 January. Find out more about Mei-Ting’s musical influences and inspirations…. Who or what inspired you to take up the piano and pursue a career in music? I started piano when I was three, so the question wasn’t so […]

Interview with Rick Simpson, jazz pianist

Award-winning jazz pianist and composed Rick Simpson makes his 7 Star Arts debut at The Jazz Room at The Bull’s Head on 26th June Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in music? Hmm…that’s hard to say. I think by the time I knew I wanted to music I hadn’t really met anyone […]

Meet the Artist – Natasha Hardy, singer-songwriter

I just love performing wherever I have an audience We talked to Natasha Hardy about influences, inspirations and more ahead of her Lost in Love concert at The Jazz Room on 20 May….. Who or what inspired you to take up singing and pursue a career in music? The thought of singing and acting appealed […]

Classic Gershwin Showreel

A taster of Classic Gershwin, 7 Star Arts’ most popular mixed genre production, starring Viv McLean (piano) and Susan Porrett (narrator). Music by George Gershwin  

Anthony Hewitt wows The Jazz Room

The Jazz Room in Barnes, SW London, affectionately known as “the suburban Ronnie’s Scotts” (and almost as longstanding as the eponymous Soho jazz club), resonated to a different vibe on Sunday evening when internationally-renowned pianist Anthony Hewitt – an artist more used to playing in hallowed gilded spaces such as the Wigmore or Carnegie Halls […]

Meet the Artist – Duncan Eagles, saxophonist

Saxophonist and composer Duncan Eagles chats to The Cross-Eyed Pianist (AKA Frances Wilson) about his musical influences and inspirations, and more….. I think there are many moments that define what kind of musician you are / will become. One of the earliest I remember was borrowing a John Coltrane double album from school. It was […]