Monday 29 October 2012

Serious Cabaret

My career has included a number of forays into cabaret, as composer, arranger and artistic director and I am always impressed with people who can make the genre work in new ways. I loved Mary Carew and Philp Mayers disc Serious Cabaret but missed their performance at Kings Place last month. Now they return with their programme for two further engagements this weekend at the CBSO centre in Birmingham on Friday 2 November, and at the Oundle Festival on Saturday 3 November. Or you could always simply buy the CD, its one of my favourites, a wonderful mixture of cabaret items old and new with some great discoveries and some lovely arrangements (Diamonds are forever to William Bolcom, Friedrich Hollander to Marc Blitzstein, taking in Zemlinsky and Stefan Wolpe on the way. Serious Cabaret is on the Orchid Classics label.

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