Sunday, 5 October 2014

Springfield Hall, Sandiacre.

Take a group of ridiculously talented singers and a ridiculously talented music tutor and you are guaranteed an evening of musical aural gorgeousness.

Josh Kemp and his band of merry students put on an absolute brilliant evening of song which felt like a virtual hug from a long lost friend. There was music from lesser known musicals like Jason Robert Brown's "Parade" and "13", "Wicked", Sondheim's "Into the Woods", "Miss Saigon", Disney's "Hercules" and the best song from "Ghost The Musical", "With You", sang beautifully by Emma.

Josh also showcased his own little showcase of some of the music that he has been working on including a couple of tracks from his forthcoming Chatterbox E.P. due out at the end of this month called "Stupid Cupid" and "Four Letters". there was also a first airing for a new song from a musical that Josh is working on about the Brothers Grimm, called "Grimm", and if this teaser called "Let Me Go" is anything to go by, I can't wait to hear the full production. All this plus something very special in the form of a six piece harmony choral piece to commemorate the start of the First World War, which was so evocative.

Throw into the mix a beautiful version of Lakme's "The Flower Duet" by Rachel and Emma, a rousing version of Pharrell Williams' "Happy" and a slightly nervous version of "Can't Help Falling In Love" by Josh's newest recruits Martin and Meg,Singing in front of a crowd is bound to make any one nervous, and I for one am in awe of anyone who has the guts to do what these lot did tonight, so be proud of what you have done, because I would not have had the guts to!.

So to Jess, Chloe Hopcroft, Graham, Erin, Rachel, Emma, Martin, Meg, Adam Guest, Tom Hopcroft, Becky Morley and Josh Kemp, I salute you and thank you for an amazingly entertaining night of music and the conversations afterwards.

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