Love Is In The Room
On Sunday, 27th August, the sound of music will be heard coming from St. Andrew’s church ruins (or from inside, if wet). Walberswick’s resident composer Denis King has arranged an evening of songs and swinging jazz with international concert artist Sarah Eyden, including selections from their forthcoming album Love Is In The Room.
“I am so enjoying collaborating with the fantastic Sarah Eyden. Her instinctive musicality coupled with her amazing vocal range makes working together even more of a joy. And she swings! (In the nicest possible way.) Can it get any better for a composer? Oh, to be 60 again…” - Denis King
Denis and Sarah met performing on a Baltic cruise last April. After show time, everybody gravitated to the piano bar where Denis would take over on the keys, Sarah would grab a mic, and a partnership was formed.
“I am thrilled to be working with the composer Denis King on a new album. He is steeped in the world of jazz and theatre, and has a knack of creating such wonderful, timeless melodies that would work in any setting. And the fact he is a singer and understands how it feels to sing them, makes the whole process so relaxing and enjoyable. We are having a great time working out new ways to present his work and he generously allows me huge amounts of creative input. He's also one of the funniest men I know so this 'work' leads to much hilarity in the studio.” - Sarah Eyden
Denis’s career encompasses almost every aspect of show business from singing and performing to producing, recording and composing. He was a member of Britain’s first ever boy band The King Brothers. He is both an award-winning TV composer (including the Black Beauty theme and Lovejoy) and theatre composer (Privates On Parade), has collaborated with theatre legends such as Alan Ayckbourn, and worked with everyone from Jimi Hendrix to Nina Simone, from Dame Edna Everage to Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra. He is the author of Key Changes - A Musical Memoir. As local residents know, Denis also swims in the North Sea every morning of the year.
Sarah’s father was a trumpet player in the Royal Artillery Band and a lover of jazz, her mother a music teacher. She grew up listening to Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan and was performing with a local jazz trio at the age of 15. At 19, Sarah joined the internationally renowned a cappella group The Swingle Singers and toured the world, performing at Carnegie Hall, La Scala, The Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, Lincoln Center and The Brooklyn Opera House in New York among others, and working with the world’s great orchestras and conductors.
Sarah is a session singer with an impressive list of film credits to her name including: Spectre, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Moulin Rouge, Love Actually, Lion King, Beauty and The Beast, Mamma Mia and many more.
She is a member of the acclaimed vocal harmony group Access All Arias and in 2016 made her debut solo performance at The Royal Albert Hall for the Proms, with The BBC Concert Orchestra. As a soloist, she has enjoyed singing with many orchestras including The Royal Philharmonic, performing a varied repertoire from Cole Porter and Gershwin to John Barry, Adele and David Arnold.