This year’s Cabaret Concert again saw Perrins Hall filled to its absolute maximum capacity last Monday. The evening was compered by Upper Sixth pupils James Phillips and Alice Mitchell, and opened with the full RGS Big Band playing an exciting rendition of the Cole Porter classic ‘Easy to Love’.
The RGS Big Band, led by the Senior Jazz Ensemble, were joined by a series of vocal soloists, selected from Years Ten to Upper Sixth: Isabella Hulbert with a reggae version of, ‘I’m in the Mood for Love’, Alice Mitchell with a classic arrangement of ‘Don’t Know Why’, Ellie Jones with ‘You are the Sunshine of my Life’, Abigail Marsh with ‘Walk on By’, and Heini Hughes with Mr Adlington’s arrangement of ‘Pennies from Heaven’. The first half closed with an excellent a cappella arrangement of ‘How Deep is Your Love’, performed by the Musical Singing and Dancing Boys, led by Bertie Pryke. It was lovely to see past members of this ensemble supporting the boys in the audience.
The second half of the concert opened with the Senior Jazz Ensemble performing ‘Lester Leaps In’ by Lester Young, with solo spots from Beatrice Price, Upper Sixth, on Alto Saxophone, and Year Eleven pupils, Samuel Ford on Tenor Saxophone, Dafydd MacDonald on Trumpet and Liam Leonard on Bass guitar. They were joined by soloists James Phillips, singing ‘All of Me’, and Bertie Pryke, Upper Sixth, singing ‘Love is a Losing Game’. In a change to the ensemble, Ella Cleary, Upper Sixth, sang a heartfelt version of, ‘Turning Tables’, accompanied by the Phoenix Strings ensemble.
The Big Band then returned for our three, Upper Sixth form, guest vocalists: Georgia Padbury singing, ‘Big Spender’, Beth Rabjohn singing, ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square’ and to close the night, Grace Moseley singing, ‘Ain’t Nobody’.
This excellent concert was enjoyed by all in attendance and we look forward to seeing them and many more at the Big Band’s next performance at The Creative Arts Evening on 27 June.