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Too Darn Hot @ RNCM photos

Too Darn Hot @ RNCM photos

For two nights only, we’re going to transport you back in time to the halcyon days of the Big Band era, taking in classic standards such as Too Darn Hot, On the Street Where You Live and What is This Thing Called Love. For this journey through the music of the 30s, 40s and 50s, we’ll be guided by Mike Hall and the RNCM Big Band who for this exciting collaboration, will be joined by students from our School of Vocal Studies and Opera to bring these stunning songs to life.

The whole show opened with three girls dressed in 1940s army uniform and in true Andrews Sisters close harmony style performed Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to perfection, even down to the choreography

The whole show opened with three girls dressed in 1940s army uniform and in true Andrews Sisters close harmony style performed Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy to perfection, even down to the choreography

What can I say? It may have been Too Darn Hot for a Summertime concert but as soon as the piano, bass, brass and Drum Boogie with Some Stuff Like That There it was Almost Like Being In Love, and when you started to Sing Sing Sing you too Soon had All Of Me, so Let's Face The Music And Dance!

"The magnificent singing by Sarah Foubert as Greta Fiorentino should be mentioned since her impressive high top notes were memorable."

"The magnificent singing by Sarah Foubert as Greta Fiorentino should be mentioned since her impressive high top notes were memorable."

Read the full Seen and Heard International review here

Video Mise en Scène at the RNCM Concert Hall

Video Mise en Scène at the RNCM Concert Hall

Very proud to have worked on this collaboration between the Royal Northern College of Music and the Manchester School of Art. This video has been made by John Lloyd, who will start his MA at the Manchester School of Art coming academic year. You can hear me sing a bit of Berlioz' Villanelle 42 seconds into the video. 

Vocally, Sarah Foubert (Hanna) stood out as the strongest soloist with a beautiful voice

Vocally, Sarah Foubert (Hanna) stood out as the strongest soloist with a beautiful voice

Of Franz Lehar’s 41 operas and operettas, Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) with a libretto by Viktor Léon and Leo Stein after Henri Meilhac's L'attaché d'ambassade, is undoubtedly the most familiar, if not the most popular operetta ever written. Making her debut at the Theatre an der Wien in 1905, The Merry Widowhas achieved staggering success at home and abroad, and she remains a constant visitor to both the best international opera houses and the amateur stage. The Royal Northern College of Music’s new production is a visual treat, and the perfect musical accompaniment to Manchester’s ever increasing festive zeal throughout the Christmas period.