Rick Wakeman CBE. FRCM. Prof (Hon) LCM. Hon FGMS.
Rick performed two sell out concerts at The London Palladium in February and tours are already booked for America, the UK and Europe with his band the English Rock Ensemble for 2024. with an American tour to follow.
Life is rarely dull for Rick or those around him!
After studying piano privately for 12 years, Rick gained a scholarship to the Royal College of Music where he studied piano, clarinet and orchestration. In March 2012 Prince Charles presented him with his Fellowship of the RCM. He was also made a Professor at the London College of Music.
He joined YES in August of 1971 and has been in and out of that band on quite a few occasions! (One journalist likened the relationship to that of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, in as much as they can’t live with each other but in the same breath, can’t live without each other! Rick told the journalist he didn’t disagree as long as it was accepted that he was “Richard Burton!”)
Both as a solo artist and with YES he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums, although he says that only a clairvoyant would be able to tell you where the royalties went!
He has written two film scores for Ken Russell, ('Lisztomania' and 'Crimes of Passion'), two scores for Harry Palmer films starring Michael Caine, ('Bullet to Beijing' and 'Midnight in St. Petersburg'), and the award winning 1976 Winter Olympics film 'White Rock' as well as 'Gole', 'Hero', 'A Day After The Fair' and two horror films, 'Creepshow 2' and 'The Burning'.
He has also carved out quite a television career in the UK , appearing on every single programme of the 'Grumpy Old Men' series, just under 100 appearances on Countdown plus numerous invites onto 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks', 'Have I got News For You', 'Pointless, The Chase', and had 6 years as a regular presenter on 'Watchdog'. On Radio 4 he can be regularly heard on 'The News Quiz', 'Just a Minute' and 'It’s Your Round'. He also hosted the stand-up show Live at Jongleurs on television for five years which was shown around the world .
He has two current books available ... 'Grumpy Old Rockstar' and 'Further Adventures of a Grumpy Old Rockstar', both of which made the best sellers list. The third in the series is due for release in 2024.
He still finds time each year to perform concerts around the world which can range from his extremely popular one man shows to extravaganzas with symphony orchestras and choirs .
In 2013 he performed 12 consecutive sell out one man shows at the Edinburgh Festival,
In 2014 he toured his highly acclaimed 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth' with a symphony orchestra, choir and band to more than 30,000 people in the UK and was also two further concerts were performed in 2019 at The Royal Festival Hall to celebrate Rick’s 70th birthday.
In 2018 and 2019 he released two albums, 'Piano Portraits' and 'Piano Odyssey' reaching the Top 10 in the UK and recorded a piano album especially for Xmas entitled Christmas Portraits .
The 2020 pandemic hit the music industry extremely hard, especially when it came to performances and subsequently all Rick’s concerts and tours were put on hold . Many were rescheduled for 2021 and 2022 as some countries were able to return to some semblance of normality when it came to live performances, but as the lockdowns continued, 2021 became a washout, as indeed it was for much of the entertainment industry.
During this period, he recorded the highly acclaimed prog rock album, his first for many years, entitled 'The Red Planet' which achieved a top 20 chart position and continues to be a best seller.
He followed this up in 2023 with 'A Gallery of the Imagination', another top 20 album.
Dining tickets include a table reservation for the evening and a delicious two course dinner. Upon arrival you will be shown to your table where you can enjoy dinner & drinks before kicking back to enjoy the show. There are always vegetarian/vegan options on the menu and we are happy to cater for any other dietary requirements - although we kindly ask (in the case of major allegies) that guest notify us in advance where possible.
Premium booths require a minumum of 4 persons and there is a small additional surcharge for booking. Contact our showroom on 01825 790 200 to learn more and make a reservation. All guest are welcome to explore the showrooms (which are open all evening) before and after dinner and our friendly staff will be on hand to assist with any questions you have or purchases you may wish to make. Please follow social distancing guidelines at all times and pay attention to any one way systems arranged around the venue.
Although we recommend dining tickets as the best way to experience our events, we also have limited room for standing guests at most shows. Due to the nature of our restaurant, standing guests are invited to use our bar and shopping areas until 30 minutes before the event. Standing guests are welcome to browse the Roger Dean Gallery, make use of the heated decking area and browse our showrooms until shortly before the show begins.Please note there is no allocated seating for standing guests.
Please note our doors open at 7pm. Tickets are non refundable however in the unlikely event a concert is cancelled, a refund will be offered or a credit note issued.
Unless otherwise stated all concerts will begin approx 8.45pm - 9pm and generally finish between 11.15pm and midnight.
Shows will usually consist of two 45 minute sets with a short 20 minute interval although this may vary between events. Please check the event specific information on your tickets after purchase.
In line with the relaxation of Government guidelines we have made the following changes to our Events Policy. The measures below are for all of our upcoming events from 28 February 2022.
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