Charlie Johnson. Picture by Robin Crossley.
MUSICSING, the song for the diamond jubilee composed by Take That’s Gary Barlow, was a wonderful showcase of vocal excellence at All Wight Music Extravaganza II.
There were also tunes from top shows, such as Phantom of the Opera, Chorus Line, Kiss me Kate,The Lion King and Miss Saigon.
Performers included Jan Hibberd, until recently a jazz vocalist in the soprano section, who sang with great assurance and presence.
Charlie Johnson impressed with his energy and stagecraft, Cyrus Dean dealt well with emotion, Steve Jones "The Voice’’ filled the theatre with passion and there were excellent harmonies from Sunny and Blue Brown, Jesse Rann and Charlie Johnson.
Just before the interval, Gloria Minghella explained to the audience how the £2,500 proceeds of the concert would be spent by Care for Destitute Children, which helps educate street children in India.
The second half began with two pieces from Sweeney Todd, followed by the teenage talent of Island Community Glee Club.
Richard Wiseman, on keyboards, and Jamie Woodford, on percussion, deserve mentions.
The finale featured all performers in One Day More, earning a well-deserved standing ovation from the audience, who were on their feet even before the song had finished.
Special thanks to Hannah Brear, choir leader, arranger, organiser, MC and comedienne, for the energy and time she devotes to such events.
Hannah and her choir are currently working with The Band of HM Royal Marines for the Shanklin Theatre show, on September 22.
• More pictures in the Friday, September 7, County Press.