29 Mar 2019
The popular annual Cabaret evening took place this year on Saturday, 16th March and was a wonderful showcase of the lighter musical genres with starring roles from the Jazz Band, Schola Cantorum and numerous soloists. The evening was compered by U6th pupils Cleo Bourne and Camilla Myers who throughout ensured a lively and upbeat commentary to accompany the musical items on stage. The show opened with the Jazz Band’s punchy rendition of the Hawaii Five – O theme before numerous individual items showcased the range of vocal and instrumental talents. The Saxophone Ensemble portrayed a wonderful relaxed mood in their rendition of ‘Just another Lazy day’ whilst the newly formed Jazz Quartet performed Bolling’s evocative ‘Sentimentale’. Schola Cantorum performed the Beatles classic, ‘Blackbird’ before transporting the audience to the South American climate with ‘The Girl from Ipanema’. Melissa Terzi and Sophie Crooks joined forces to perform movements from Mike Cornick’s ‘Jazz Suite’ before Effie King sang ‘The Look of Love’ with great drama and poise. The Jazz Band brought the first half to a close with the moving ‘The Way we were’ featuring Laura Crooks on Trombone before a rousing conclusion with the energetic ‘Latin Quarter’.
Following the intermission in which delicious food was served, there was opportunity for Oliver Pilgrim to perform in his final Cabaret whilst he would sing a duet with Abigail Horton, Ella Fitzgerald’ ‘They can’t take that away from me’. Schola would return to the stage to sing the popular favourite, ‘Over the Rainbow’ showcasing their skill in an 8-part acappella arrangement before a contemplative performance from Abigail Horton, singing ‘Send in the Clowns’ accompanied by the Jazz Band. In fitting style, the Jazz Band would close the show with ‘We can work it out’ to end a wonderful evening of music making. Roll on 2020!