Thursday, 15 November 2018

Something good is happening at Sixties reunion gig

A SIXTIES extravaganza on its 50th anniversary tour will feature six acts from the decade.

A SIXTIES extravaganza on its 50th anniversary tour will feature six acts from the decade.

Herman’s Hermits, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Dave Berry, The Union Gapuk, The Ivy League, Alan Mosca from Freddie and The Dreamers will all perform at the concert in Reading.

The line-up includes the bands who produced the soundtrack for a generation.

Herman’s Hermits chalked up more than 20 top 20 singles, 10 albums and three movies.

They were known for hits such as Something Is Happening, I’m Into Something Good and No Milk Today.

Memorable tracks like Hippy Hippy Shake, You’re No Good, Good Golly Miss Molly and Don’t Make Me Over were the mainstay of Sixties act The Swinging Blue Jeans.

The current line-up features original member Peter Oakman aloing with Alan Lovell, Jeff Bannister and Graham Hollingworth.

For singer Dave Berry the Sixties were a time of great success, with performances in the London Palladium and the Royal Albert Hall. He continues to tour today singing his top 10 hits The Crying Game, Memphis Tennessee, Mama, Little Things and My Baby Left Me.

The Union Gapuk will perform such classics as Young Girl which hit the number one spot in the UK and number two in the USA. They followed that with Lady Willpower which reached number five in the UK & matched its predecessor’s performance in the USA.

Comedy/music act the Ivy League have built on their popularity in the Sixties and continue to tour. Original member Perry Ford introduced Dave Buckley into the band during the Sixties to add his unique falsetto voice creating The Ivy League sound. Dave was later joined by Jon Brennan and Mike Brice singing their songs Love Can Be, Tossing and Turning and That’s Why I’m Crying.

The show arrives at the Hexagon on March 12. Tickets from the box office on 0118 960 6060 or online at

SEVEN choirs will take part in this year’s Henley Choir Festival.

The event, held to raise funds for Helen & Douglas House, is on January 24 at St Mary’s Church.

The first half of the programme will comprise a choir showcase with all groups taking turns to perform. The combined choirs together with other singers will then be performing the Charpentier Messe de Minuit.

There will also be a series of solo performances on the night.

They include Rebecca Bell who studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Anne Wood, Margaret Lensky and Peter Gellhorn. Rebecca teaches singing at St. Andrew’s School, Pangbourne and trains the junior choir at All Saints’ Rotherfield Peppard, where she also occasionally plays the organ.

Jamie Poston was a choral scholar at Magdalen College, Oxford, and English choral scholar in residence in Princeton USA. He has sung with the Rudolphus Choir, St George’s Chapel Choir and at the Memorial Service for Diana, Princess of Wales.

Mandy Hall sang with Slough Philharmonic for nine years, currently sings with Maidenhead Operatic Society and has performed solos with The Grimm Players. Over the past six years Mandy has been studying with Marion Olsen and has passed Associated Board Singing Exams, culminating with a distinction in Grade eight.

Chloe Spencer is currently a member of several choirs, and is one half of Forties swing duo Guy and Doll with her partner, conductor/composer Guy Bunce who perform regularly in concerts and charity fundraisers.

Ian Westly is an accompanist, singer and conductor and works extensively in the field of choral music. He is organist and choirmaster at St Peter’s, Caversham; conducts the Newbury College Singers and Cantemus of Newbury, and runs and directs his own chamber choir, Erleigh Cantors.

Audiences can join the rehearsal at 4.30pm and the performance at 7pm. Tickets are £5 and are available on the door from 2pm.

For information contact Elizabeth Hodgkin on (01491) 573192 or David Butler on 0118 972 4065.

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