News of Living & Alive, the new album from the latest incarnation of Beatrix Players.
And they say things come in threes, so (1) Beatrix Players have announced details of their second album, a concept one too, (2) there’s a new expanded eight piece line up to get excited about and (3) live dates are in the pipeline
The band’s sophomore album Living & Alive will be available digitally from 22nd September 2023 and, for fans of vinyl and CD, it can be pre-ordered from this weekend at the fine online music emporium, Burning Shed Shed with a limited edition of just 500 copies pressed on coloured vinyl.
Founding member, writer and vocalist, Amy Birks says, “Living & Alive is an honest album, that explores how life isn’t just about living, but that it’s about having the courage to really be alive and own it. Simply put; you are your best you, and will only ever be second best if you’re trying to be something other than you…“
Amy Birks is joined on the album by her co-writers from the original Beatrix Players line-up, Helena Dove, and guitarist Tom Manning. Also joining this expanded group are doyen of progressive music, flautist John Hackett, guitarist Oliver Day (That Joe Payne, Yes Please), drummer Andrew Booker (Tim Bowness) and storied cellist Jane Fenton (LSO, LCO, RPO, Britten Ensemble etc) with pianist Matthew Lumb and bassist Kyle Welch completing the octet.
A trio incarnation of the band released the band’s debut album, Magnified in March 2017 and they went on to appear as special guests on UK dates with artists such as Steve Harley, Carl Palmer and Big Big Train. In October 2017 they performed two songs at Prog Magazine’s star-studded annual awards event at London’s Globe Theatre and walked away with the best newcomer prize.
Beatrix Players will return to the live stage on 26th November making their debut in this incarnation at Acapela – Cardiff, Wales
4th Feb – 1865 – Southampton
22nd Feb – Band on the Wall – Manchester
Further UK dates are planned for 2024.