It was a wonderful, evening of nonsense and contagious witty music in Mansfield Street, London, last night (October 31).
Sir Richard Stilgoe and friends performed Façade, with music by William Walton and words by Edith Sitwell, to an invited audience by music lovers Bob and Elizabeth Boas.
“Don’t try to make any sense of it,” said Sir Richard, who was the most fluent reciter, accompanied by talented musicians who added to the fun.
Conductor Tom Primrose kept the ‘chaos’ in order with Hollie Lucas (flute), Imogen Hancock (Trumpet), Lucinda Dunne (Saxophone), Phillip Collingham (Cello), Anthony Friend (clarinet) and James Larter (percussion) to create completely joyful entertainment.
Ellie Hammond and Shangavi Murugathhas accompanied Sir Richard as reciters to complete the unforgettable evening of fabulous fripperies!
The lively production by Jeremy James Taylor will be repeated as part of the Wimbledon International Music Festival 2019, where Sir Richard will be joined by Patricia Hodge, at King’s College School, on Sunday, November 17 with two performances at 3pm and 7pm. Visit wimbledonmusicfestival.co.uk
Sir Richard makes rare public performances so Façade will be a great opportunity to witness his unique talent.
However, if you can’t make November 17 check out the dates when Sir Richard’s son Joe Stilgoe will be performing with his band. Joe is an internationally acclaimed singer, pianist and songwriter who has inherited his father’s quick wit, musicianship and theatricality.
“He has a wonderful voice,” Sir Richard told me, “His mother is opera singer Annabel Hunt,” he added with immense pride in his wife and son.
Joe is a regular on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ and regularly appears at jazz club Ronnie Scott’s.
His new album ‘Joe Stilgoe’s Christmas Album’ will be released on November 15 with big band songs, choirs and fireside yuletide lullabies, joined by guests including saxophonist Amy Dickson, the Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir, jazz musician Ben Castle (son of Roy Castle) and comedian Rob Brydon.
Joe said: “I’ve wanted to make a Christmas album ever since I became a musician, and probably even before that. Christmas was always my favourite time of year, and though my beliefs have changed over the years and I don’t consider getting a Spiderman costume the pinnacle of my life anymore, I still look forward to it with the same excitement as I did when I was five.”
Check out these dates
December 1 Joe Stilgoe Band at Ronnie Scott’s, London
December 14 Joe Stilgoe Trio - Christmas At The Movies
Turner Sims, Southampton
December 16 Joe Stilgoe’s Christmas House Party
The Lyric Hammersmith, London
December 19-20 Christmas At The Movies - Joe Stilgoe Trio
Chichester Festival Theatre
December 22 A Very Merry Christmas - with the Dream Town Orchestra
January 30, 2020 Joe Stilgoe In Concert
The Voces8 Centre, London