Rick Wakeman to perform special gig for Birmingham Lord Mayor’s Charity – Thursday 8th September

Rick Wakeman

Legendary keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman is to play an intimate warm-up gig for just 300 fans in Birmingham this September to raise money for the Lord Mayor’s charity.

The event is being overseen by Carmen Watson, Chair of Warwickshire-based Pertemps Network Group, who is both a trustee of the charity and chair of its Women in Business group.

Rick is the first celebrity to support the Lord Mayor’s Charity’s new celebrity series of ‘An evening with….’ fundraising events.

The virtuoso musician, who was famously part of the prog-rock group Yes and played on hits for Cat Stevens and David Bowie, goes on his Grumpy Christmas Stocking tour in November and December.

But before that, Rick will perform at Millennium Point on Thursday, September 8, where fans will also be able to ask him questions about his exceptional career in a more intimate setting.

The event is expected to be a sell-out and raise thousands of pounds for the Birmingham Lord Mayor’s Charity, which supports good causes around the city.

Rick said: “I am really looking forward to supporting the Lord Mayor’s Charity and doing what I can for such a good cause.

“It is going to be quite intimate with a mix of music and chat, so I am really looking forward to it.  I may even ask the audience a few questions!”

Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Maureen Cornish, added: “I am so grateful that Rick is giving up his time to support the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity, the charity for Birmingham, which helps so many good causes benefitting people and communities right here in the city.

“Don’t miss this chance to see him before anyone else on his UK tour and we’re sure the tickets will go fast, so make sure you get yours now!”

Rick made his name as a session musician and collaborator in the late 1960s and early 1970s, notably playing mellotron on David Bowie’s breakthrough 1969 hit Space Oddity, while giving Cat Stevens’ 1971 version of Morning Has Broken its famous rolling piano sound.

He went on to be a founding member of prog-rock band Yes before enjoying a successful solo career spanning a number of decades, selling more than 50 million copies of his albums.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity supports the people of the UK’s second city by helping not-for-profit groups and registered charities supporting the citizens of Birmingham.

VIP tickets are strictly limited – only 40 are available at £85 each – and include an arrival drink plus meeting Rick himself. General admission is £45. Please note all tickets purchases are subject to a booking fee.

To buy your tickets, go to  https://an-audience-with-rick-wakeman.eventbrite.co.uk