A once-off evening in the glorious St George’s Cathedral.
Cathrine Summers was the mc this evening as she introduced the two thirds full house to “An evening of love”.
Like the U.S. Halloween, St Valentine’s Day seems have become a huge event in the Australian calendar. Commercial opportunities abound in every area not just for florists. Try to make a last minute dinner reservation and you’ll see what I mean! Thankfully there was not too much sentiment in evidence tonight, but Summers did let slip that she herself is in the throes of a passionate affair (twice!). An unfamiliar sung introduction to Fly Me to the Moon added interest.
Then a graduate of Danza Viva School of Spanish Dance, Sophia Platt appeared onstage. A vision in crimson, she used a large tasselled shawl to great effect, sweeping and swirling to the accompaniment of a Lebanese chanteuse, Tina Tiba. Standards such as What is this Thing Called Love? and Let’s Fall in Love were followed by a deep voiced version of Mad about the Boy; a Noel Coward composition after all.
Then in an unusual programming twist we were presented with a be-sequinned acrobat/contortionist from a circus school Kinetico in Malaga (northern suburbs Perth). She was extraordinarily flexible but it somehow seemed to see her strange performing in St George’s Cathedral. To be fair she was well received by the audience.
Interspersed with songs from Summers and her nifty accompanists, listed below, there were further items, a tango-like acrobatic dance display from a pair from Kinetico and another Flamenco inspired number with fan, castanets and a little Spanish heel work. Mostly accompanied by Lebanese vocalist, Tina Tiba.
The band were excellent and featured lovely solos from pianist Brodie Stewart and Alastair Stewart on double bass. Alex Reid on drums kept the timing tight.
My only quibble was the sound when Summers was speaking not singing. It could have been that she was trying to work in three directions, there being audience members in both side of the nave as well as to the front. Or it could have been the quality of the microphone or on the part of the sound engineer. Given that her diction is usually so clear it was annoying to me as well as other nearby audience members.
A good playlist and a stylish finish with two beautifully sung French standards, Non Je Ne Regret Rien and La Vie en Rose. This petit homage to the great Piaf was rewarded with hearty applause and quite a few cheers.
Cathedral Square presents
Venue: St George's Cathedral at Cathedral Square | Cnr Cathedral Avenue & St Georges Terrace, Perth WA
Dates: 14 February 2019