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Too Darn Hot!

RNCM Big Band and Singers

RNCM Theatre, 25 June 2016

It had pretty much everything you might wish for.

There were captivating performances of just short of 30 songs, the bulk of them taken from the Great American Songbook, with terrific choreography and costumes an’ all. Various RNCM singers – sopranos and baritones, a mezzo-soprano and tenor – gave it their all, ably assisted by the RNCM Big Band.

Doubt it not: Cole Porter is a poet, so too Ira Gershwin and Irving Berlin. Highlight of the evening was clearly ‘A Flower is a Lovesome Thing’, Billy Strayhorn’s beauty, and when Kimberley Raw sang it the audience held its breath – as in the Frank O’Hara poem.

Somehow, there is something companionable about the sentiments in these songs; and the recognition that others have felt these sentiments too.

The best RNCM Big Band concert so far.