Social event: Bede’s Cabaret

'Everybody Wants To Be A Cat' performed by the Jazz Choir

'Everybody Wants To Be A Cat' performed by the Jazz Choir - Credit: Archant

Bede’s in Upper Dicker held its annual musical showpiece evening Cabaret, at which a 400-strong audience enjoyed over four hours of breath-taking performances from Bede’s musicians and members of the Legat School of Dance.

Miss Sally-Ann Wild performing 'The Good Life'

Miss Sally-Ann Wild performing 'The Good Life' - Credit: Archant

This year’s Cabaret theme was film, from James Bond to Black Swan, Reservoir Dogs to The Aristocats. Building on the phenomenal success of previous years’ Cabaret concerts, more than 100 talented pupils were involved for well over 10 weeks of preparation and rehearsal, with tickets for the occasion sold out weeks beforehand.

Two gifted student actors were comperes for the evening and introduced the musical items with verve and style; from Sian Walsh’s hauntingly beautiful Ave Maria to Anna Moody’s virtuosic feat in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake Overture, Georgia-Mae Ellis’ performance of Don’t Rain On My Parade to the school orchestra’s toe-tapping James Bond Medley.

Aside from the performances, attendees enjoyed a sumptuous three-course meal, with the setting for the event boasting the very highest standard of style and design: brilliant white candles glistened in the half-light, their glow refracted from a dozen jaw-dropping chandeliers.

At the end of the evening Louise Morris, Bede’s Director of Music, thanked the staff who had facilitated the evening and the extremely talented pupils who make Bede’s the place it is. “The sky is the limit, as far as they are concerned,” she declared.