Event Review: Cabaret 2012

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Cabaret has become, undoubtedly, one of the most exciting, innovative and enjoyable events in the Bede's calendar.

One expects a school concert to be filled with talented students, dedicated staff and a superb atmosphere. Cabaret 2012 was all of this, and more.

The brainchild of Maestro Extraordinaire Andrew Barclay, Cabaret this year was a simply stunning occasion: the main hall at the Senior School was turned into a '70s-style disco, complete with glitter ball, star cloth and movie reels depicting Saturday Night Fever, the Bee Gees and the Manhattan skyline.

Can 58Students, staff, parents and other invited guests were treated to a sumptuous meal, all with a '70s theme. Classic Atlantic prawn cocktail awaited guests as they arrived from a blustery November evening; music played around the hall, whetting people's appetite for an unforgettable evening.

Divided into three 'concerts', the evening ran seamlessly from one item to another, divided by a short 'interval' where diners enjoyed chicken cordon bleu or beetroot, asparagus and yellow pepper tart.

Supper was completed by a pudding of black forest gateau and a wild berry coulis.

In concert one, the students excelled. Dancers, big band and singers came to the fore in the opening medley where the audience were transported to the late 1970s. Roy Hilton arranged some wonderful musical items accompanied by our visiting music staff. There are simply too many outstanding performances to mention here, but some notable solo performers were Idris Ellis singing Baker Street, Alice Auer singing the reflective ballad Somewhere That's Green, Sophie Rudge singing and playing Time After Time and the very talented Georgia Mae Ellis making us feel nostalgic with The Way We Were.

In concert two, the Orchestra shone in Medley from Les Misérables. The Bee Gees and Andrew Lloyd-Webber featured in the choir's performance of How Deep Is Your Love and a Lloyd-Webber medley.

In concert three, Andrew Barclay declared the dance floor open; students and parents alike took to the black-and-white checked floor under the glitter ball and were treated to yet another musical feast.

As the Jazz Choir, under the direction of Louise Morris, singing Night To Remember and If I can't Have You, everyone danced the night away in spectacular style.

The evening was then crowned by Maestro Barclay declaring: 'It's good night from me, and it's good night from them'.

A truly remarkable and great occasion: one that will forever live long in our memories.

Robert Scamardella

Organist in Residence

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