After a 2018 that included being voted #4 Best New Band of 2018 in PROG magazine’s readers’ poll, a nomination for The Limelight Award in the 2018 Progressive Music Awards and performances at the UK’s most prestigious festivals and auditoriums including Birmingham Symphony Hall and The London Palladium, The Blackheart Orchestra have become one of the must-see bands of 2019.
Described by the Daily Express as “Ethereal”, BBC Radio 2 as “A great band”, Rock Society magazine as “One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere” and by Genesis Legend Steve Hackett as “Beautiful, powerful and inspiring” The Blackheart Orchestra are award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn and Rick Pilkington.
The pioneering duo blend musical styles seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create music huge enough to fill a cathedral. Always producing a product beyond all easily marketed genres, their multi-instrumental sonic landscapes have been described as “Liberating and unconventional” No Depression, ”Delicate and fragrant” PROG, “Breathtaking” After Dark, “Mesmerising” Louder Than War and “All stand-alone masterpieces” Fatea.
Beautifully fusing acoustic fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra collide stringed instruments with 80’s synthesisers and indie, pop and experimentalism with classical influences. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, the duo’s stage scene has been described as a ‘musical spaceship’ where they are continuously changing from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, organ, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica in a complex choreographed weave of musical moods and textures. One moment their sound is minimal and molecular, the next a mountain-like wall of sound with vast symphonic climaxes.
Their critically acclaimed album ‘Diving for Roses’ and mesmerising live shows have won them obsessive worldwide fans, plaudits from musical giants and placements on TV commercials and films. Chrissy Mostyn’s haunting vocals, the Mike Oldfield-like multi-instrumental playing of Rick Pilkington plus their fearless combination of conventional and unconventional all reflect their self-created universe where art meets sound and words paint pictures that take you with them on their deep musical journey into the human psyche.
2019 will see the much anticipated release of their second album ‘Mesmeranto’. Their music and mesmerising live shows continue to receive rapturous reviews and the band continue to print their unique mark on the music scene.
“A great band”
BBC Radio 2
“One of the most extraordinary female voices singing anywhere”
Rock Society Magazine
“Pure five star, a perfect album, one that I will listen to for the rest of my life”
James Douglas KCW Today
“Easily one of my albums of the century”
John Brodie-Good Gonzo Weekly
“Their songs are all stand-alone masterpieces”
“One of the truly great song-writing partnerships”
Kensington Chelsea & Westminster Today
“Phenomenally talented – a fantastic show”
“Everything else almost seems boring in comparison”
Rear View Mirror (Australia)
“Captivating, graceful and elegant”
“The band’s fresh new sound is delicate and fragrant”
“Listening to Mostyn’s voice for the first time is a breathtaking experience” After Dark
“Haunting, mysterious…impeccably technical and proficient”
Steve Gould Midlands Metalheads
“These are the musicians that the creative musicians listen to”
Scene & Heard
“A mesmerizing powerhouse – Mostyn’s vocals are a force to be reckoned with”
“Expect the unexpected, a refreshing lack of boundaries”
Louder Than War
“Liberating and unconventional – an avant-garde musical utopia with an impeccable vocal capability sending you weak at the knees”
“Beautiful, powerful and inspiring”
Steve Hackett, Genesis
Annie Haslam, Renaissance
“A special and singular voice”
“Smouldering and brooding, a mesmerizing performance”
Louder Than War
“Cinematic yet intimate, from intense and soaring to dreamy and tranquil…exquisite”
“They remind us why music lifts us up”
Dalton Delan, American Public Broadcasting (USA)