Chess The Musical 27-31 October

And so to rehearsals for Sainsburys Singers‘ performance of Chess The Musical at The Hexagon, Reading on 27-31 October. Having just got home from the first run-through I must say I am impressed by the quality of the singing of what is a very difficult score. Soloists are strong and the cast at full bore nearly took the roof off the rehearsal venue. Exciting!

Sister Act – better than the film?

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We went to see Sister Act at the London Palladium on a trip organised by Sainsbury Singers on 6 October. I had heard that it was quite different to the film and so it proved.

It was hard to fault the show. The first couple of numbers in the nightclub seemed a bit ordinary. But then things took off with the appearance of the nuns and the evening roared through.

La Belle Helene 3-7 March

I am currently scheduled to create the lighting design for four shows this year, all of which I have not worked on before, or even particularly know well, which should be an interesting challenge. They span everything from classical 19th Century opera to 1950s, 60s and 80s era musicals.

The first of them is Reading Operatic‘s production of Jacques Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène