Barbara Thompson Memorial Concert

Barbara Thompson Memorial Concert

Margins Cafe Open at 17:30. Scroll down for info on reserving a pre-show meal.

Doors 6pm.
Tickets available on the door - cash only.
Concert begins 6.45pm.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.


Celebrating the life and musical legacy of virtuoso saxophonist, composer and bandleader Barbara Thompson MBE in music and song. This unmissable event brings together performers from the Jazz, Rock and Contemporary Classical worlds drawing upon Barbara’s rich and diverse catalogue and decades-spanning career as a performer, composer and all-round force of nature.

A distinctive presence on the British music scene, her well-documented battle with Parkinson’s disease and subsequent death in 2022 prompted tributes from all corners of the music world.

“Formidably talented saxophonist at the heart of many jazz line-ups who blazed a trail for female instrumentalists”
John Fordham’s obituary, The Guardian

“…one of the most inspirational women and saxophonists I know…"
Jess Gillam MBE

Together with new interpretations of Barbara’s work from British saxophonist and BBC radio broadcaster Jess Gillam, her critically-acclaimed band Paraphernalia will be joined on stage with Gary Husband on drums and guest saxophonists Emma Rawizc, Snake Davis, Tom Ridout, Andy Scott and Kim Cypher alongside performances by colleagues from Colosseum –  the Jazz/Rock fusion band founded by her husband drummer Jon Hiseman, their daughter singer/songwriter Ana Gracey and more recent collaborations with chamber music trio Trifarious, String Quartet, the Raschèr and Marici Saxophone Quartets, and choir Big Sky.

Ticket sales and donations on the night will go to Cure Parkinson's.


Book For A Pre-Show Dinner

Make your free dinner reservation to eat at our Margins Café before the show!

You must have a general admission ticket for the show to gain entry for dinner.

Doors will open for early dinner ticket holders at 17:30. 

The Margins Café serves delicious, freshly prepared food at gigs and events.  All profits go towards The Margins Project, based here at the Chapel which works with people who face issues of homelessness and crisis.

Book Your Dinner Reservation HERE


More Information:

The venue has unreserved seating and are taken on a first come first serve basis. Please arrive early before event door times if you have preferred seats. Due to the nature of our venue, please be prepared to queue for entry.

The venue is fully accessible, with use of ramps and the upstairs bar is accessible with use of a platform lift. Please email [email protected] with your accessibility requirements.

The bar is located on the first floor of the venue and will be open from the stated door time and will remain open after the show.

Alcohol consumption will be limited to the bar area only, it is not permitted to take alcohol to the main chapel space.  An array of soft drinks and snacks will also be available and are permitted in the main space. (Please note, no food or drink may be brought from outside into the venue).