Talented musicians from the region wowed an audience at Pocklington’s Burnby Hall during the first event staged by community theatre group Pocklington Productions.
Despite the rain, the hall was packed for ‘A Jolly Lovely Cabaret Evening’ last Saturday.
Emily Charlton, from Market Weighton, and Tony Flavell, from Pocklington, launched the evening with some duets of classic songs such the Beatles ‘Let it Be’, finishing with an audience sing along of Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’. Steve Cassidy, from York, was highly entertaining, playing many songs that the whole audience sang along to, and telling many amusing stories about his time as a teacher. The audience were then treated again to Emily, singing some of her favourite songs, including one that was unaccompanied.
During the interval, Josh Dowden and Marcus Richardson, the directors of Pocklington Production’s next event, the musical ‘Dream On’, were introduced. Dream On is a modern day language adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It is a community production, and there is plenty of room for people to get involved, from backstage, to front of house, singing and acting.
The audience were then simply spellbound by the thrilling guitar playing of Mike Gledhill, from Pocklington. His fingerstyle playing, honed in Nashville was simply enchanting, and the audience was moved by his own composition ‘Father’s Smile’, composed for his late father. The crowd was further treated to more songs from Steve Cassidy, who is very popular in the York area, followed by some enchanting songs from young singer-songwriter Holly Sheridan.
The evening was rounded off in style by the three piece York band ‘KAYA’, who played a range of exciting and catchy covers and their own compositions. They had to play encores before the audience would let them finish, ending with a mass sing-along of ‘American Pie’.
A spokesperson for Pocklington Productions said: “A splendid time was had by all. Our special thanks go to Margaret Murray of Pocklington Productions for pulling it all together, and masterminding both the food and the line up, to all the performers who so generously gave their time, and West Wolds Radio for their support.”
More than £350 profit was made on the evening, which will go directly to supporting community theatre in Pocklington. If you are interested in finding out more about Pocklington Productions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More pictures from the event in this week’s Pocklington Post (5 March).