Presented by Whitstable Sessions Music Club
Five original members of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra perform the beautiful and incredible music they created with Simon Jeffes and the Orchestra.
The Penguin Café Orchestra first appeared in 1976 and subsequently performed and recorded extensively throughout the 1980s and ’90s. Pieces such as ‘Music for a Found Harmonium’ and Telephone and Rubber Band’ became well-known through their use in film soundtracks and advertisements. Sadly the band’s founder, Simon Jeffes, died in 1997. For ten years the band played only privately, but returned in 2007 for three sold out concerts at the Union Chapel in London. The Orchestra That Fell To Earth, comprising a core group of original members, came together after those concerts, and continue to play in the same spirit. Geoffrey Richardson, Jennifer Maidman, Steve Fletcher and Annie Whitehead, all recorded and toured extensively for many years in the original Penguins. Percussionist Liam Genockey, long standing member of Steeleye Span, also performed with the original band.