Karen Carpenter In Words and Music

17 June 2023 - 7:30pm


A celebration of the life and music of Karen Carpenter, vocalist and drummer of iconic 70s pop band the Carpenters. The event is led by world class pianist and arranger Janette Mason featuring award-winning biographer Lucy O’Brien and singer songwriter Jo Harrop.Lucy’s new book Lead Sister traces Karen’s poignant story with fresh insight and in-depth interviews.

An evening of classic songs beautifully re-arranged, and an informative book reading/Q&A giving fans the opportunity to ask questions about Karen’s life and music.


Lucy O’Brien - Words

Lucy is a writer/academic and broadcaster. She is author of Dusty: The Classic Biography, She Bop: The Definitive History of Women in Popular Music and Madonna: Like An Icon. She played in all-girl band The Catholic Girls and is currently working on a memoir about punk and feminism.

Janette MasonMusical Director

Janette has garnered a reputation for her stunning arrangements and has produced a hugely successful series of shows including, Wall To Wall George Michael and Aretha Queen Of Soul.

She has a long list of credits including performing with Oasis and Pulp to writing music for film and television. She is currently keyboard player for Tony Visconti’s Best of Bowie project alongside being Artist In Residence at The Exchange Theatre Twickenham.

Jo Harrop - Vocals

Born in Durham and raised on a heady musical diet of Nina Simone, Billie Holiday and Aretha Franklin, Jo Harrop cut her teeth as a session singer, working with a host of iconic artists including Neil Diamond, Rod Stewart, Gloria Gaynor and Enrique Iglesias. Her current release The Hear Wants is receiving huge praise from Jo Whiley BBC2.

Simon Little  - Bass

Simon is a session bassist from London. A graduate of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Simon joined The Divine Comedy whilst still at college and is still a regular member of the band. He has also performed with Clare Teal’s band since 2004, as well as touring and recording with The Duckworth Lewis Method, Maggie Reilly and Duke Special amongst many others.


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