Rick Wakeman is at his best in front of an audience, as we're sure many of you know. This page contains details of all forthcoming performances worldwide.. We also try where possible to list appearances on TV and radio.
Following the hugely successful Piano Portraits tour last year, in support of the album of the same name, Rick Wakeman will return in Autumn 2018 with a new show based on the follow up release, entitled Piano Odyssey. The fourteen-date tour will feature even more classic tracks given Rick’s unique piano treatment, and will travel to towns and cities not previously visited in 2017.
Rick says, “In the footsteps of Piano Portraits, the new album Piano Odyssey features a collection of music old and new that includes some particular favourites of mine. I’m looking forward to performing tracks from it live on my own odyssey around the UK in the autumn!”
Upon the release of his Piano Portraits album in January 2017, the YES keyboardist made chart history, becoming the first solo piano album to enter the UK’s Top 10, eventually reaching number 6. Inspired by the unprecedented public reaction to his cover of Bowie’s Life On Mars on BBC Radio 2 a year earlier, the album features instrumental versions of hits that Rick was originally involved with, such as Space Oddity and Morning Has Broken, as well as others which he chose for their melodies, including Stairway To Heaven and Help!.
The 2018 concerts will be based on a selection of tracks from both Piano Odyssey and Piano Portraits, showcasing music that has a special connection with Rick’s own personal musical journey, all accompanied by his hilarious memories and anecdotes about the tunes, plus a few musical surprises.
In December, an additional special Christmas tour will follow, in which the setlist will be given a distinctly seasonal twist.
Expect a night of beautiful piano arrangements, interspersed with Wakeman’s renowned comedy interludes.
|20/09/2018||7pm||Gala Theatre Durham||Tickets||Piano|
|27/09/2018||8pm||City Hall Salisbury||Tickets||Piano|
|28/09/2018||8pm||Westland Leisure Complex Yeovil||Tickets||Piano|
|29/09/2018||8pm||Waterside Theatre Aylesbury||Tickets||Piano|
|30/09/2018||8pm||Barbican Centre York||Tickets||Piano|
|04/10/2018||8pm||The Hexagon Reading||Tickets||Piano|
|05/10/2018||8pm||Corn Exchange Kings Lynn||Tickets||Piano|
|12/10/2018||8pm||Royal and Derngate Northampton||Tickets||Piano|
|13/10/2018||8pm||The Baths Hall Scunthorpe||Tickets||Piano|
|19/10/2018||8pm||The Forum Bath||Tickets||Piano|
|20/10/2018||8pm||Wycombe Swan High Wycombe||Tickets||Piano|
|21/10/2018||8pm||The Sheldonian Theatre Oxford||Tickets||Piano|
|26/10/2018||8pm||The Corn Exchange Ipswich||Tickets||Piano|
|01/11/2018||8pm||The Pavilion Worthing||Tickets||Piano|
|03/11/2018||8pm||G Live Guildford||Tickets||Piano|
|07/11/2018||8pm||The Cressett Peterborough||Tickets||Piano|
|09/11/2018||8pm||Victoria Theatre Halifax||Tickets||Piano|
|11/11/2018||7pm||The Regal Cinema Evesham||Tickets||Piano|
|15/11/2018||8pm||Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells||Tickets||Piano|
|17/11/2018||8pm||Dorking Halls Dorking||Tickets||Piano|
|08/12/2018||8pm||De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill||Tickets||Piano|
|11/12/2018||8pm||Town Hall Birmingham||Tickets||Piano|
|16/12/2018||8pm||St George's Bristol||Tickets||Piano|
|17/12/2018||8pm||Union Chapel London||Tickets||Piano|
|18/12/2018||8pm||Corn Exchange Cambridge||Tickets||Piano|
|19/12/2018||8pm||Royal Northern College of Music Manchester||Tickets||Piano|
|20/12/2018||8pm||Union Chapel London||Tickets||Piano|
At the beginning of December, Rick is performing 3 concerts on grand piano, with an orchestra and choir under the direction of Guy Protheroe.
|01/12/2018||7pm||Moravian Philharmonic Concert Hall Olomouc, Czech Republic||Tickets||Orchestra|
|02/12/2018||7pm||Prague Castle Prague, Czech Republic||Tickets||Orchestra|
|05/12/2018||7pm||International Center of Culture and Arts Kiev, Ukraine||Tickets||Orchestra|
On January 19th 2019 at 8pm, Rick and his jazz trio featuring Dave Colquhoun and Matt Pegg will be appearing at the Devizes Corn Exchange.
Tickets are available from Devizes Books or directly from the promoter on +44 (0)7970 810810 or by emailing info at longcroftproductions.com.
In addition to the above formal tours, this is a list of one off dates.
These tour programmes are presented as PDF files. My thanks go to the contributors of these programmes.