30 Silver Street, Reading, RG1 2ST
The Blackheart Orchestra are award-winning British songwriters, composers and multi-instrumentalists Chrissy Mostyn & Richard Pilkington. The band blend musical styles in a non-conformist way seamlessly sidestepping boundaries to create their unique, highly individual, emotion-drenched music.
Combining fragility and pulsing electronica, The Blackheart Orchestra’s experimental approach combines acoustic instrumental dexterity and 80’s synthesisers with classical composition. Often mistaken for an 8-piece band on first listen, The Blackheart Orchestra can be found on stage with a multitude of instruments as they continuously change from electric and acoustic guitars, bowed guitar, piano, bass and electronic percussion to vintage synthesisers, omnichord and melodica.
One moment their sound is minimal and fragile, weaving melodies and atmospherics with silence to create ethereal musical landscapes that leave audiences and critics describing their music as haunting, enchanting and captivating. The next they build a mountain-like wall of sound with vast energetic symphonic climaxes.