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Review of Caro Emerald at Hampton Court Palace, 17 June

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As we previewed earlier this month, Caro Emerald was the latest in a star-studded line-up to take to the stage at the Hampton Court Palace Festival on 17th June 2016.  Despite an initial downpour – mirroring the last time she performed at the stunning venue – the clouds cleared as the Dutch jazz and pop singer put on a heck of a show to remind the packed crowd of her uplifting voice and unique style.  

Amongst the audience was Samm Abbott reporting for What’s On London.  

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Category: Festivals
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Caro Emerald at Hampton Court Palace Festival, 17 June

By Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

This year’s Hampton Court Palace Festival has begun, with a star-studded line-up performing over the next two weeks in the stunning setting of the Tudor Courtyard.  The artists descending on Richmond include the great Tom Jones, Art Garfunkel, Katherine Jenkins and one name that has been a bit quiet recently: Caro Emerald.

Emerald burst onto the scene in 2010 with Deleted Scenes from the Cutting Room Floor, and followed up her debut success by topping the UK album charts in 2013 with The Shocking Miss Emerald.

The engaging Dutch jazz and pop singer spoke to What’s On London about her rise to fame, movements since then and excitement at returning to these shores on Friday 17th June.

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Category: Festivals
Miles Jupp Ⓒ Hannah Goodwin.
Miles Jupp Ⓒ Hannah Goodwin.

Miles Jupp and Friends’ Comedy Gala in aid of ‘The Choir With No Name’

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By Cora Robertson

What’s on London joined Miles Jupp and friends, together with The Choir with No Namefor an uplifting night of fundraising comedy and music last week at the Union Chapel in Islington.

Compered by the very funny and cantankerous Jupp, the evening featured an impressive line-up of comedic talent: Seann Walsh (Mock The Week), Sarah Kendall (Russell Howard’s Good News), Perrier Award Winner Justin Edwards (The Thick of It), singing comedian Jess Robinson (Dead Ringers), performance poet John Hegley and special guest Josh Widdecombe (Josh, The Last Leg).

But the true highlight was seeing and hearing the choir itself, and learning about the difference its existence has made to its members.

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Category: Comedy
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Interview with Liam Tamne of The Rocky Horror Show – “It’s great not having to wear many clothes!”

Since its first appearance in June 1973, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show has become the world’s favourite Rock n’ Roll musical.  It has been performed worldwide in over 30 countries in every continent and has been translated into more than 20 languages.  To celebrate its 40th anniversary, Christopher Luscombe has created a brand new production which is touring the UK until December 2016.

As ever, the show promises to thrill, following squeaky-clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they’ll never forget.  What awaits is a night of fun, frolics and frivolity with the scandalous Frank N Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta, bursting at the seams with timeless classics such as Sweet Transvestite, Damn it Janet, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting Time Warp.

Shannon Rawlins of What’s On London spoke to Dr. Frank N Furter himself, Liam Tamne, about his character’s charisma, energy and heels …

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Category: Cinema
Killian Donnelly and Beverley Knight as Huey and Felicia
Killian Donnelly and Beverley Knight as Huey and Felicia

Memphis – The Musical at Shaftesbury Theatre

Tony-award winning musical Memphis opened in the West End last week, with Beverley Knight taking centre stage as Felicia, a struggling club singer in 1950s Tennessee. When budding-radio presenter Huey Calhoun discovers Felicia, it begins a musical revolution throughout America. Cue rock n roll, blues and jazz as Felicia and her brother prepare to take over the music scene.

Beverley Knight shines as the strong yet meek Felicia, Her range is untimely and her acting is more than believable. Knight proves once again, (following her stint in The Bodyguard) that her acting and vocal skills are worthy of a West End lead.

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Category: Music
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Villiers Quartet: New Works Competition

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As always, a treat to take in the gorgeous canal views from an outside sofa during a balmy Sunday at the wonderful King’s Place. The double whammy being the equal treat for chamber music enthusiasts of the Villiers Quartet New Works Competition. This only comes around once every couple of years and is not to be missed.

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Category: Music
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Brian Charette: Square One

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I was thrilled to get my hands on Brian Charette’s 2014 CD Square One. Having heard him play in ensemble at Jazz Club Soho earlier this year, he told me that he plays London too infrequently. His new recording is a treat for all Jazzers and a special offering for fans of Jazz organ. It may suffice until he returns to The Smoke.

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Category: Music
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Kate Bush @ Hammersmith Apollo

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At some point the mirror cracks and dislodges the illusions of youth. That’s what I thought had happened in Kate Bush’s horror of a short film ‘The Line, the Cross and the Curve’. “A load of bollocks” she describes it. I recall cringing with embarrassment having dragged along a colleague who happened not to be a Kate Bush fan.

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Category: Music