Grammy-nominated singer Becki Biggins to perform in hometown of Shrewsbury
PUBLISHED: 15:17 03 April 2014 | UPDATED: 15:28 03 April 2014
Award-winning vocalist and composer Becki Biggins will visit Shrewsbury School on May 16 as part of her Spring Tour, giving her local followers an exclusive first listen to tracks from her forthcoming EP.
Since releasing her debut album in 2007, Becki has had three albums reach no.1 in the US Smooth Jazz chart with co-writer Paul (N-n-n-Nineteen) Hardcastle, which have earned her the American Billboard Award for Best Smooth Jazz Artist and a Grammy Nomination. Becki also has fans rather closer to home, including Sir Michael Parkinson, who said: “Becki Biggins is a great lass, with great talent.”
Before turning her attention to singing, Becki studied the tenor saxophone, gaining a BA in Jazz Studies from Leeds College of Music. She attended The Thomas Adams School in Wem, and toured extensively as both a vocalist and saxophonist with the school’s Big Band, Adjazz. Whilst still in her teens, Becki performed in Los Angeles, Florida and at the New Orleans Mardi Gras, as well as numerous European venues, and appeared on television programs including This Morning, Blue Peter and The Big Breakfast. During this time, she also won the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition and a New Composition Award at the National Festival of Music for Youth.
After releasing three Smooth Jazz albums and two independent albums of jazz classics – 2007’s First Love and 2010’s The Positive – Becki’s forthcoming EP will consist of original songs, written by herself and with co-writers including Joe Stilgoe and her Musical Director Malcolm Edmonstone. Malcolm, who plays piano, is Professor of Harmony at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and will be joined onstage by Julian Jackson on bass and Harold Fisher (long-time favourite of Tom Jones and Englebert Humperdinck) on drums.
Shrewsbury School is a setting close to Becki’s heart; her brother attended was a pupil there, Becki herself worked at the Maidment Building for a year following her degree and her Dad, town legend Steve Biggins, is the school’s Director of Football.
Becki says of the gig: “I’m very excited indeed to come home to Shrewsbury, and to play my new songs in front of a home crowd. I’m looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and to performing in a lovely venue, and one I know so well.”
The concert will take place on Friday May 16 2014, at The Maidment Building, The Schools, Shrewsbury, and will begin at 7.30pm. Tickets are available from www.beckibiggins.ticketsource.co.uk or by calling 01743 280810.
For further information please contact:
Abigail Holloway Hellens
Laurian Consultancy Ltd.