Over the past few weeks I have been fortunate to be present at a variety of music gigs ranging from classic piano recitals, to deck parties, swing nights and a good bit of old fashioned rock and roll.
So there was a Chopin recital by Alex Negruic, a classical pianist from Romania, who has:
‘… given various recitals in Romania, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Australia, United States of America and China.’
On an internet search of Alex this quote kept coming up:
‘His way of playing is so intense that he becomes one with the instrument’. Murnauer Tagblatt
This was certainly evident in the performance that I was at. At an earlier performance he had played Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata and I was sorry to have missed this.
Brendan Kidulis Singer, Songwriter, EntertainerThere was also Brendan. He sang a melodic combination of folk and soft rock.
A highlight was singer Geoff Taylor who performed the songs of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Neil Diamond, as well as a brilliant late night Rock and Roll evening.
Geoff was the ‘first’ vocalist to win New Faces in 1975. He was asked to record a live show with the BBC 2 Radio Orchestra which was so successful that it resulted in a relationship with the BBC that was to last for over 20 years and more than 2000 broadcasts, on shows such as, ‘You The Night & The Music’ and ‘Around Midnight’.
Geoff also regularly performed live at the Pebble Mill Studios and has performed for members of the Royal Family and has appeared in the West End of London at The Savoy, The Waldorf, The Park Lane Hotel and Theatres.
In 2008 Geoff entered the X Factor, where he ended up at Boot Camp, in the final 12, over 25’s Category, one step away from Judges Houses, 2 steps away from the Live Shows,
All of this can be found on the above link, but I also spent a very pleasant hour chatting with him on the top deck of the Braemar Fred Olsen cruise ship on a sail out to the Caribbean in December 2018
On the same cruise I spent two and a half weeks dancing away to Funky Blue, the rock and pop cover band mentioned in an earlier post.
Lastly, Boxing Day saw us rocking ’til we dropped to the fabulous Ray Campbell Dance Band at Eastbourne Bandstand:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMeFNnrzHgc at the popular and longstanding tradition of Eastbourne’s free Boxing Day Dance Concert. The band played covers from the fifties, sixties and seventies from for an hour and a half and had the whole bandstand yelling for more!