Sonic Universe Concert
Rick Wakeman performing live on stage in Tenerife!
Friday, 26th September 2014
We are very pleased and excited to announce that Rick Wakemen the legendary keyboard player with the progressive rock band YES will be performing live on stage in Tenerife on Friday, 26th September, as part of the Starmus Festival 2014.
This once in a life time performance is included as part of the delegate package for the Starmus Festival attendees, but we are very pleased to confirm that tickets for this event will also be available to everyone that would like to attend.
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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.
As a much sought after session musician in the late sixties and early seventies, he played on more than 2000 records including such hits as Cat Steven’s Morning Has Broken, David Bowie’s Space Oddity and Life on Mars and worked with a real eclectic mixture of other notable artistes such as Donovan, Cilla Black, Marc Bolan, Black Sabbath, Lou Reed, Mary Hopkin, Dana, Al Stewart, Elton John and John Williams.
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In March 1970 he joined Strawbs and his first album with them , “Just a Collection of Antiques and Curios” , paved the way for “Folk-Rock” and reviews from their concert at The Queen Elizabeth Hall on July 11th of that year, did much to take Rick’s career to a new level.
He joined YES in August of 1971 and has been in and out of that band on quite a few occasions totalling 13 years as their “in and out” keyboard player. Both as a artist and with YES he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums.
Rick’s connection with all things “Space” is well known. From the 1990’s onwards, much of his music has been sent up into space by NASA and he has produced 2 albums relating to Space. No Earthly Connection and Out There, with the latter being produced after much help from astronauts and friends at the Kennedy Space Centre.