Monday, 10 January 2011

An Evening of Poetry and Song at Pullabrook

'Sally Scrumptious' (Lily Neal)
Dresses up to meet

Johnny Depp and Kevin Spacey
(in her dreams!)

'Mitzi Maybe'
(soprano Nicola Howard)
sings a solo number- ably

accompanied by Patrick Taylor

On 5th January music-lovers from all over Devon converged on the small village of Pullabrook for a concert by local singers.  The 'Good Time Girls' were reformed - 'Mitzi Maybe' (soprano Nicola Howard) had come home from Zambia and was joined by 'Sally Scrumptious' (former Phonic FM presenter Lily Neal).  Accompanied on the Piano by Patrick Taylor they performed a selection of comic songs and poems including the premiére of a popular show song with a new theme (chiropody) - 'Toe Business'.

Carolyn Harries Sings 'Habanera'
from Bizet's Carmen
The Good Time Girls provide

the translation (and commentary)
Peter Whittle adds
comic jazz to the mix
Also performing were soprano Christine Marsden and mezzo-soprano Carolyn Harries.  We also enjoyed opera extracts. Christine and Carolyn sang 'The Flower Duet' from Act I of Leo Delibes' opera 'Lakmé', and later Carolyn sang 'Habanera' from Georges Bizet's 'Carmen' - with English translation provided by the Good Time Girls.  Local composer Peter Whittle from Chudleigh then took over at the piano for two comedy jazz songs. Lily also recited several of her legendary poems including her unforgettable 'Dream of Johnny Depp and Kevin Spacey' and 'Metal Flowers'.  All this took place in the 30's setting of Pullabrook House, former hotel and home of Patrick and Meish Taylor.  Food and drink were in plentiful supply and, as twelfth night approached, everyone was still very much in the party spirit!

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