RYE BAY CREW was formed in 2014 when two old school friends (one who went off to train in classical music, the other to study performing arts) got together to sing again. Joined by a professional sailor, who is a trained singer, plus a versatile guitarist, & award-winning pianist, these five have performed a wide variety of music from Bach to Bacherach.
Mezzo, Rebekah Gilbert, studied singing at the Royal Academy of Music, & has performed extensively as a professional classical soloist in leading London venues including the Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John's Smith Square & St Martin in the Fields. She was recorded live for the first Classic FM Christmas evening broadcast, & has recorded for EMI, the BBC, & at Abbey Road Studios.
Baritone, Jonathan Breeds, studied Performing Arts at Middlesex University. He has appeared on BBC TV & is a highly sought-after local soloist. Jonathan has been a baker, a teaching assistant, mortgage advisor, & much more! He runs the Queen’s Head Inn in Rye, has served on Rye Council for a number of years and was until recently Mayor of Rye.
Tenor, Andi Rivett originally from Wakefield, Yorkshire, trained as a boat builder in Faversham in the early 1980s. He is a skilled engineer, professional shipwright & highly experienced sailor.
Trained in both folk & classical singing styles, his versatile repertoire also includes narrations & tales of the sea. He has run Rock Channel Marine since 2006, & remains a keen runner.
Chris Fisher sings, teaches & plays a range of stringed instruments including octave mandolin, bass, tenor & acoustic guitars. He has a wide experience of supporting music in Sussex through education & roots events. His experience includes solo concerts, accompanist & band member from pub rock to ceilidh, plus supporting younger & emerging talent onto the local music scene.
Anne Marshall, pianist, is a regular accompanist for Sir James Galway appearing in concert with him around the world; she also performs at international flute festivals. Recent broadcasts include accompanying Sir James Galway in September 2016, February 2014 and August 2012 live on the BBC Radio 3 program “In Tune”. Anne has a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal College of Music in Advanced Performance. Anne lives in Rye and is also a visiting teacher of piano for advanced students at Benenden School.
Graham Slack, pianist & composer studied at Trinity College of Music, London followed by the National Film & Television School. He has performed at the Edinburgh Festival, Purcell Room, London Southbank and Blackheath Concert Halls. As a composer he has written music for Google, CBeebies, Sky Sports, feature films and documentaries.