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Alive and Brel
15th March 2019 7:30 pm
The finest songs from the master of the modern chanson, Jacques Brel, come to life when this trio of singers perform their revue, ‘Alive and Brel’. Brel’s music, famed for its emotional power and ironic wit, has been recorded by international stars ranging from Frank Sinatra and Dusty Springfield to David Bowie and Marc Almond. The show features iconic hits such as If You Go Away/Ne me quitte pas, Jacky and Amsterdam. These songs, which are laced with dark and passionate observations and paint a tableau of imperfect humanity, will be presented in the intimate setting of the Coach House Theatre. Singers Tim Brown, Alison Allan and Steve Allan have been praised by Stagetalk Magazine as ‘a surprise package, where the blending of the voices was particularly pleasing and gave the performance originality’ and the Hereford Times said their recent show at the Three Choirs Festival was ‘altogether a charming way to end the evening’. Accompanied by Jon Weller on piano and Esther Kay on flute, Alive and Brel is guaranteed to raise a smile or bring a tear to the eye.
Having been introduced to Jacques Brel songs by the recordings of Scott Walker back in the late '60's/early '70's, I took the opportunity to book for this show while visiting Malvern for a couple of days. From the first note to the final applause I was sincerely captivated by the talented trio of Tim, Alison and Steve.
While I was familiar with some of the songs, other songs I was hearing for the first time which were clever and amusing were for example: Carousel and Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.
A hugely entertaining evening and not to be missed by anybody who loves theatre and music.