Review of ‘Cabaret’ by the King’s School Ely at the Hayward Theatre on Saturday 23rd February 2013

The King’s School Ely certainly knows how to nurture musical talent and their ‘Cabaret’ featured a delightful array of talented singers. The evening opened with one of their finest performers, Will Oliver, singing ‘Why God why?”. Astrid Robertssen’s ‘Someone like you’ and Adrienne Schneider ‘s ‘Send in the Clowns’ preceded a  moving duet by Will and Naomi Meese-Grove ‘All I ask of you’. Emma Jones’ ‘The way we were’, Minjoo Kim’s ‘I could have danced all night’, Emma Tarshish ‘Old Devil Moon’ were followed by Matt Diss singing (in a noticeably in a luxuriously rich bass voice) ‘Old Man River’. Sammy William’s ‘I have confidence’, Will Oliver’s ‘Bring him Home’ and Naomi Meese-Grove’s ‘On my own’,  were followed by another duet by Will Oliver and Oona Gradwell singing a new and uplifting love song: ‘Lucky’. Next, was one of the major highlights before the interval: Georgia Schneider’s amusing song ‘The Physician’. All the singers sang with aplomb, their voices assured and well-placed. Although some were performing in public for the first time, there was not a singer who did not entertain.  Other delights included Will Oliver’s ‘Bring him home’, Naomi Meese-Grove’s beautiful performance of ‘All I ask of you’ and Adrienne Schneider ‘s ‘Send in the Clowns’. I have heard the latter song many times and have enjoyed the sound of it and its unusual words, but tonight, Adrienne sang with such clear diction and meaningful phrasing that the sentiments behind the words became clearer than they ever have before.

The singers were expertly accompanied on piano by Peter North (MC of the show and Director of the King’s Barbers), Melody Day and Jonathan Lilley.

After interval the King’s Barber’s rounded the evening off well with their highly accomplished a cappella numbers in readiness for the competition in Manchester they will be taking part in next week. Their agreeable and secure voices, cohesive close harmony and vibrant movements give grounds to believe that they should do very well!

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