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PREVIEW: London Festival of Cabaret

LondonFestivalofCabaretlaunchThe inaugural “London Festival of Cabaret” opened their doors this evening at the Hospital Club’s brand new cabaret space, the luxurious Oak Rooms. Owing to an explosion of cabaret rooms in recent years, there is definitely a calling for a London Cabaret Festival and Artistic Director of the Festival, Neil Marcus has taken it upon himself to supply the demand.

The Festival, which runs from the 13th October to the 17th November, promises a fantastic line up of experienced and well-loved performers such as Elaine Paige, Claire Teel, Barb Jungr and Alexander Armstrong.This is ‘high end’ cabaret, so you can expect West End singers and seasoned professionals, well-polished material and a genuine celebration of The Great American and European Songbooks.

To launch the Festival British born singer-songwriter Barb Jungr opened by sharing her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” followed by Bob Dylan’s “Sara”. True to the style of cabaret, her performance is intimate and highlights that special closeness of relationship between audience and performer that is synonymous with this genre.

West End Theatre singer Leigh Zimmerman and her rocker husband Domenick Allen also shared a sneak peek into their show “A Love Affair From A2Z”. What’s interesting is the dynamic between this husband and wife duo as they seamlessly bridge the gap between rock and musical theatre in a light fun and quirky take on their marriage. With fresh lyrics, reflecting all things familiar including our fascination with the royal baby and love of Boris Bikes as they reveal to us how they have once again “fallen in love with London”.

The Festival also offers a taste of emerging talent on the cabaret scene with artists such as Tamar Broadbent, recently returning from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her one woman show “Almost Epic”. Broadbent will be appearing at The Crazy Coqs as part of a “Night Of Emerging Song Writers”. She sings to perfection, plays keys and writes fabulous well-structured lyrics, she’s certainly uplifting and definitely a talent worth catching during the festival.

A grown up and sophisticated evening out celebrating some of the best voices and performers to come out of past and present decades of cabaret from both sides of the pond, and a great taster for the forthcoming London Festival of Cabaret and its celebration of the Great American and European Songbooks. Full details of the festival can be found on their website here.

Photo: Christine Hayter

Kate Gilbert

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