West End Does: Christmas 2019
19th December 2019
What kind of Christmas would it be without the brilliant West End Does: Christmas concert? Now in its second year, West End Does managed to put together another great selection of West End talents to celebrate the festivities including Maiya Quansah-Breed, Ricardo Alfonso, Laura Pitt-Pulford and Louise Dearman.
Back at the legendary Cadogan Hall in London the audience were instantly welcomed to the festive season with a gorgeously decorated Christmas tree taking centre stage and a complimentary Santa hat for each guest. Hosted by the hilarious Matt Lucas, the show featured a range of much loved Christmas tunes from the traditional ‘Oh Holy Night‘ which brought out the goosebumps after Louise Dearman’s incredible rendition to the more up beat Christmas hits such as ‘Jingle Bells‘ sung by Craig Mather.
Ricardo Alfonso’s rich, deep vocals suited ‘White Christmas‘ brilliantly and his duet with Louise Dearman, ‘Fairy Tale of New York’ was a hit with the audience. Emma Lindars blew the audience away with her insane vocals in her beautiful rendition of ‘O Come All Ye Faithful‘ which added new meaning to the song.
A clever combination of a traditional Jewish song, sung in Hebrew, alongside ‘Good King Wenceslas‘ by the host Matt Lucas and Craig Mather was brilliant to hear as was the clever Christmas Rock Medley by Maiya Quansah-Breed who added a feel of gospel to the modern hits with her glorious riffs.
Emma Kingston’s ‘Last Christmas’ was clearly a favourite with the talented GSA choir who supported several songs throughout the evenings entertainment. Laura Pitt-Pulford brought a tear to the audiences eyes during her emotional song ‘Christmas Lullaby‘ and Fra Fee brought the evening to a fun finish with the upbeat number ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ to which all the audience joined in.
The show also featured a talented group of dancers from Urdang Academy and the talented singers from GSA and Stage Box Musical Theatre Choir. All of the cast were engaging and brought great spirit to the evenings events. The orchestra, directed by Samuel Wilson, were fantastic and as always it is brilliant to hear, and see, a large orchestra onstage – especially at Christmas.
With a collection for the charity Mousetrap which helps young people access theatre regardless of their cultural, social or economic background, intimate concerts like these are not just about entertainment but help to support the wider theatre community. It was great to see so many familiar faces back onstage again helping to support West End Does and with West End Does: Love already announced for 2020 there really is no excuse not to see their brilliant productions for your own eyes.
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