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Giggin4Good, Actor’s Church

6 Feb

After last year’s very successful Giggin4Good summer showcase, the second Giggin4Good showcase took place on Sunday in the Actor’s Church in Covent Garden, again with a cast of both established and up-and-coming performers. I think the Actor’s Church is the perfect location for concerts and those of us who braved the weather were in for a wonderful evening, all in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Ziggie Sky Ward set the bar very high with her beautiful rendition of Lance Horne’s “Last Day on Earth”. David Brewis’ “Till I Hear You Sing” from Love Never Dies was very impressive and I loved his duet with Joseph Connor (“For Good” from Wicked). Joseph also sang “If I Didn’t Believe in You” from The Last Five Years.

Shaun McCourt

One of the highlights of the evening for me was Shaun McCourt, who sang “Last One Picked” from the musical Whoop-Dee-Do! and “Younger Than Springtime” from South Pacific. In the first song he got to show his excellent comic timing, while the second song highlighted his beautiful voice. He is currently understudying the part of Joseph in the UK tour and I would love to see him play it. A name to remember!

Another highlight was, of course, Rebecca Caine. Her “Somebody, Somewhere” from Happy Fella was simply stunning, as was her Follies duet with Rosie Clarkson. Their voices sounded sublime together.

There were some other great duets from Victoria Hamilton Barritt & Nathan Amzi and Twinnielee Moore & Max Milner. Victoria Hamilton Barritt also sang an amazing “Don’t Rain on My Parade”. I loved Alexia Khadime‘s “Easy as Life” from Aida, it just suited her voice perfectly. Annabel Lloyd‘s Neverland (Scott Alan) was just lovely and so was Rosa O’Reilly‘s “Astonishing” from Little Women.

Sabrina Aloueche

Ross Hunter has an incredible voice and his “Memphis Lives in Me” was superb, as was his duet with Sabrina Aloueche (“High Enough”/Rock of Ages), who also sang a breath-taking “The Honour of His Name”. His fellow Legally Blonde cast member Lincoln Stone sang a wonderful “Honesty”, but his “Anthem” from Chess was even better and a wonderful way to finish the evening.

There were also a couple of songs from two new musicals: My Land’s Shore, written Robert Gould and Christopher Orton, and Roundabout, written by Joe Sterling and Robert Gould.

The music from My Land’s Shore completely blew me away. I especially loved “I Know I Love Him”, which was sung by Kelly-Anne Gower, Sarah Lark and Laura Selwood and of course the rousing “My Land’s Shore/Finale” sung by Jonathan Williams and Kelly-Anne Gower, Sarah Lark, Laura Selwood, Christopher Orton, Gareth Richards, Alexis James and Joe Sterling. The cast recording has just been released and I’d urge you all to buy it. It’s a truly exciting new musical with a compelling story. More info can be found HERE.

The two songs from Roundabout, “Those Eyes”, which was sung by Joe Sterling, and “What We Are Here For”, which was sung by Christopher Orton were lovely too and I can’t wait to hear more about it.

I enjoyed Giggin4Good very much, so a big thank you needs to go to the organisers who put on such a superb concert and I hope they managed to raise a lot of money for GOSH. I’m already looking forward to the next one (whenever that may be).

Self Taught, Still Learning – Chris Passey (Album Review)

15 Nov

Chris Passey’s debut album Self Taught, Still Learning has just been released in aid of the MS Society and Cancer Research. It contains 11 original songs, which are performed by well-known performers.

The first number, Comedy Introduction is by Miranda Sings (aka Colleen Ballinger), who introduces the album, the concept of charity work (or rather her idea of it) and her song. As the title suggests, it’s very funny and just typical Miranda.

Blue Sky Thinking is the first song, sung by Lauren Samuels. It’s very catchy with a beautiful melody and lyrics. Lauren sounds great.

In My Arms: This is sung by Liam Tamne. It is one of the highlights of the album for me, especially because of the lyrics.

Take Me With You: This is a duet sung by Siobhan Dillon and Simon Lipkin. Their voices sound incredible together and it’s a beautiful, yet sad song.

Lifeline: Caroline Keiff sings this stunning song. It’s got a very sad undertone, but it’s also full of hope. I really like it.

You Were Mine: This is a more upbeat, yet still melancholy, song sung by Chloe Hart, Trevor Jary, Zoe Rainey and Wayne A. Robinson.

How Would They Feel? This song is sung by Chris Passey himself and is my favourite song of the album. It’s a very, very moving song and Chris’s voice sounds magnificent. Just perfect.

Three Tiny Words: I heard this song at the A Night For Jennifer Gala and loved it. Here it is sung by Allyson Ava-Brown, who does a great job with it. It’s a very powerful ballad.

If They Only Knew: I love Kieran Brown’s voice on this. It’s another stunning ballad, beautiful in every way.

Sin That I Am: This is sung by Mark Evans and Ross Hunter. It’s a very catchy, quite upbeat song and I think it suits both their voices perfectly.

Room For Me: Another highlight for me, sung by the talented Richard Meek. A wonderful ballad.

Worthy: As Miranda, Colleen Ballinger does her best to convince us that she can’t sing at all, but here she shows just how beautiful her voice is. Another ballad with powerful lyrics.

Worthy (live): The Miranda Version of the song. It’s as hysterical as you’d expect it to be.

What I noticed most when listening to this album is the beauty and expressiveness of the lyrics. Together with the rich and catchy tunes, this makes Self Taught, Still Learning a unique listening experience. For me, it exceeded any expectations I had beforehand and shows yet again just how many talented British composers are out there who just wait for their chance.

You can buy Self Taught, Still Learning on iTunes, from Dress Circle or British Theatre.