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An Evening with Chris Passey and Friends, Leicester Square Theatre

24 Jan

An Evening with Chris Passey and Friendswas presented by Carrie James Productions and Big World Theatre Company in aid of Cancer Research UK and the MS Society.

Chris Passey released his debut album “Self Taught, Still Learning” (Review) late last year and this was a great showcase of his music. He was joined by some very talented performers as well as the students of the Musical Theatre Academy.

There were no highlights for me, simply because I thought each and every performance was outstanding, so I decided to just go through the whole set list:

Sin That I Am In – Joseph Connor & Nathan Taylor. What a great way to start the evening. Both Joseph Connor and Nathan Taylor did a great job.

Ziggie Sky Ward

Getting Married Today – Ziggie Sky Ward. I know I’ve said it before, but with this performance Ziggie showed again just how talented she is. Amazing.

How Would They Feel – Chris Passey. My favourite song from the album, it sounds even better live.

Love Will Find a Way – Nadine Cox. Nadine Cox is simply phenomenal. Loved her performance, as well as the two Musical Theatre Academy students who supported her.

Lifeline – Amy Carroll. It’s such a beautiful song and Amy’s performance was very moving.

Stevie Webb

Three Tiny Words – Allyson Ava Brown. Another great performance, Allyson has a wonderful voice.

Room For Me – Stevie Webb. Great song and great performance by Stevie and the students of the MTA. It sounded amazing with the choir.

One Day More – Chris Passey. A lovely song by Georgia Stitt (aka Jason Robert Brown’s wife) and performance by Chris.

Kiss the Air – Joseph Connor. Joseph sounded great singing this Scott Alan song.

David Brewis

In My Arms – David Brewis. I’d never seen David in anything else before, but he completely blew me away with his performance. Another incredibly talented young performer to watch out for and what a way to finish the first half!

You Were Mine – Zoe Littleton, CiCi Howells, Kieran Kuypers & Anthony Matteo. The MTA has incredibly talented students! Great performance by all four of them.

If They Only Knew – Matthew Barrow. I like this song very much anyway, but Matthew’s performance took the song to a whole new level.

Matthew Barrow

Proud of Your Boy – Chris Passey. A lovely song from Disney’s Aladdin

Superman – Shona White. Great performance from Shona and the two supporting students from the MTA.

‘Till I Hear You Sing – David Brewis. I didn’t like Love Never Dies when I saw it, but there are undoubtedly some great songs in it. This one works so well out of context of the show and David’s performance was amazing.

Taylor the Latte Boy’s Response – Nathan Taylor. I love this song and Nathan’s comic timing was spot on.

Nadine Cox

Your Loving Arms – Stevie Webb. Chris Passey wrote this song especially for him. It’s a stunning ballad and Stevie was superb as always.

Being Alive – Danny Lane. I saw Danny sing this song at A Night For Jennifer and hearing him again just confirmed what an amazing voice he has.

Worthy – Carl Au.I loved his rendition of this stunning ballad, very emotional.

Take Me With You – Nadine Cox & Chris Passey. Great duet of a great song.

Blue Sky Thinking – Kayleigh Stephenson. Lovely way to end the evening, again with a more uptempo number. I really Kayleigh’s voice.

An Evening with Chris Passey and Friends really was an evening to remember. Great songs, amazing performances by everyone involved, lovely banter in-between songs and even a short (video) appearance from Miranda Sings – all for a good cause. Chris writes such beautiful and moving songs and seeing them performed in such a tiny space was wonderful.

If you haven’t bought “Self Taught, Still Learning” yet, you can get it from iTunes, Dress Circle or British Theatre, with all proceeds going to the MS Society and Cancer Research UK.

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Sunday in the Pub with… – MTA Fund-Raiser

28 Sep

Sunday in the Pub with… was a cabaret fund-raiser for and organised by two current students of the MTA, Lorin Jane Forster and Kieran Grant. The MTA (Musical Theatre Academy) is a unique institution which offers a 2 year fast track course in musical theatre. However, as they are a very new institution, the students at the MTA are not eligible for grants or student loans and have to fund the whole training themselves. Therefore those two students came up with the idea of this cabaret. It seemed to me that they did not expect so many people to turn up, because the venue was very crowded (and incredibly hot!), but the excellent performances on stage more than made up for that.

There was a mix of current and recently graduated students as well as some special guests. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening, but there were some songs/performers that stood out for me.

I Want A Man sung by Lorin Jane Forster and Sophie O’Shea. I love this song by Michael Bruce and they did a great job with it.

Touch of Love is a song from Dougal Irvine’s musical In Touch (which will get its first full-length performance at the MTA – exciting!) and is also on Stuart Matthew Price’s album All Things In Time. Fantastic song and performance by both Dougal Irvine and Stuart Matthew Price.

CiCi Howells sang Tim Prottey-Jones’s song Rain On Me. This was another highlight for me. I loved her voice!

In Short from Edges never fails to make me laugh and Aaron Lee Lambert (who is currently in Shrek) had the audience in stitches.

Next up were some songs from Dougal Irvine’s musical Departure Lounge. First, Robbie Durham and Kieran Grant sang Do You Know What I Think Of You? and then Steven Webb, Jack Shalloo and Stuart Matthew Price (all Departure Lounge alumni) joined Dougal Irvine on stage for the other four songs. I really enjoyed hearing them sing the songs again. Steven Webb sang Sophie and he was superb and then they all sang Why Do We Say Gay and Left Spain. My favourite however was Jack Shalloo’s Picture Book, because it was the best I have ever heard him sing it.

From Up Here was sung by all the MTA students and I really enjoyed it. Their voices blended so well and it’s a lovely song.

Tir Nan Og is another song from In Touch and I can only agree with Ziggie Sky Ward (who was great), I also fell in love with it when I first heard it.

Lorin Jane Forster sang Laurence Mark Whythe’s David’s House. I heard that song sung by someone who has already played a leading part in the West End only a couple of weeks ago, but I prefered Lorin’s version by miles. Not only does Lorin have a stunning voice, but she also acted the song. Probably my favourite performance of the evening!

Jack Shalloo came back on stage to sing a song from his album London Soul. She Takes Care Of Me is a very catchy song and I liked it a lot.

I have heard Stuart Matthew Price sing Road To Heaven before, but it is such a beautiful song that it is always a treat to hear it again.

For the last song of the evening all the MTA students came on stage again to sing Sunday from Sunday in the Park with George. It was the perfect ending for the evening and a great reminder of just how much talent had been on that stage in the past three hours.

I hope Lorin Jane Forster and Kieran Grant managed to raise lots of money and I wish them (and the other students at the MTA) the best of luck for the future. They did a wonderful job in putting that evening together and I am glad I managed to go.

Now I am looking forward to seeing some of the recent MTA graduates in the UK premiere of Nevermore in a couple of weeks…