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Naomi Hyamson plays two shows
« : 19.01.05 at 20:08 »
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Those who were at PoD last year will remember the stir caused by Mezzo Soprano Naomi Hyamson and might like to know that she is playing two shows at the Rosemary Branch Theatre in Islington - 22nd March and 4th April 2005.  
 
The shows are a celebration of Stephen Sondheim's 75th Brithday and as such will not feature any PA/CJ songs - but still sound like they will be mighty fine events. Naomi will be accompanied by Jenny Gould on piano - Jenny is Naomi's musical director and a composer of musical theatre.  Apparently  Stephen Rose will not appear, despite what it says in the brochure.  
 
I know all this because it turns out that (blush) one of my pictures of Naomi at PoD is being used in the new Rosemary Branch brochure - you can download a pdf of it at  http://www.rosemarybranch.co.uk/theatre.htm  
A sclonch anyone?
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« Reply #1: 22.01.05 at 00:43 »
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Hello MVs, and thank you Seán.
Perhaps I should make clear to those who heard the pianist Stephen Rose's beautiful playing at PoD that he will, however, be accompanying me at other such shows in the near future!  
 
Best wishes - Naomi
 
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« Reply #2: 26.01.05 at 18:29 »
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on 22.01.05 at 00:43, naomi wrote:

Perhaps I should make clear to those who heard the pianist Stephen Rose's beautiful playing at PoD that he will, however, be accompanying me at other such shows in the near future!  
 
Best wishes - Naomi
 

 
Delighted to hear it - and welcome to the Forum Naomi. I'm very much hoping to catch one of the shows.
 
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« Reply #3: 19.02.05 at 00:32 »
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Many thanks indeed, Leslie. It'd be great to see some MVs there.
 
Apologies for the delay in replying: I've been busy practising for the show!
 
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« Reply #4: 19.02.05 at 23:07 »
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Sean, myself and my wife Gill will be at the April show - hope to be able to say hello.
 
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« Reply #5: 05.03.05 at 20:43 »
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That's great! The show should finish at about 9.45pm, so I hope that you three (and any other MVs kind enough to come along to the gig) will have time to say hello afterwards.
 
Thanks again,
Naomi
 
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« Reply #6: 21.03.05 at 11:35 »
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Hey I know three's a crowd (me and Leslie and Gill)- but I imagine we could cope if more MV's want to join us - get sclonching  - Mr Mogless are you out there?
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« Reply #7: 23.03.05 at 14:03 »
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Hello chaps,
 
There are tickets left for the April 4 show - but not many (the theatre is very small). So if, nearer the time, any MVs have a problem getting tickets, let me know and I should be able to get you in!
 
Thanks for your support,
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« Reply #8: 05.04.05 at 23:02 »
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The smallest sclonch (in case you don't know this is Andy Love's name for an MV gathering) in known history (ie me and Leslie Moss) witnessed an excellent show by Naomi Hyamson last night - dedicated to Stephen Sondheim's 75th Birthday - a really well paced performance of songs by Sondheim as well as those who influenced him and in turn those he influenced - including one song by the excellent pianist and musical director for the night Jenny Gould.  Leslie and I were most impressed.  Naomi performed a number of songs that we had heard at POD and very good it was to hear them again - Leslie commented that she was in particularly fine form last night - as if we had seen her often - but really no-one could possibly have disagreed.   No PA/CJ stuff of course but a great night out - oh yes and birthday cake too for the audience to finish off - nice touch.  Naomi hopes to be back at the Rosemary Branch before long - we certainly recommend you get there if you can!
Seán
(okay I need to get my son to change the photo on the left - in the meantime think greyer and with beard  Smiley   Actually I discovered last night that I look quite like Stephen Sondheim if I bouff my hair up a bit - I pointed this out to Leslie - who replied "yes but without the talent" - Thanks Leslie!
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« Reply #9: 06.04.05 at 04:47 »
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Just to add my two pennies worth to Sean's posting. Anyone who loves the combination of Clive's love of language and Pete's uncliched chord progressions would love Naomi's choice of Sondheim and friends. She'd previewed several of the songs at PoD, including the wonderful Amor, which must have stretched singer and pianist to their limit to keep the timing on track. A great set by a great singer/pianist combination and it was a pleasure to be able to share in very intimate event - perhaps 60 people packed into a tiny theatre and the opportunity to chat over coffee with Naomi and Jenny.
 
Oh, and her programme notes included Midnight Voices amongst her thank yous.
 
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« Reply #10: 13.05.05 at 16:10 »
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Many, many thanks, Seán and Leslie, for coming along to the show that my pianist Jenny Gould and I did at the Rosemary Branch Theatre to celebrate Stephen Sondheim at 75 - and for your immensely kind response. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it. We did, too - because the audience was so fab and shared our enthusiasm for those wonderful songs.
 
The MV sclonch may have been rather smallish in quantity, but it was of extremely high quality; and it was great to be able to chat with Seán and Leslie in the bar afterwards.
 
Many thanks indeed to all Midnight Voices for publicising the gig in the Forum, and especially to Seán for letting us use the pic he took at PoD last November in the theatre's brochure.
 
I do apologise for not expressing my appreciation sooner - it's hard to find the right words!  
 
All best,
Naomi
 
PS: If I may, I'll let you know of any forthcoming gigs I am doing, through the Forum
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« Reply #11: 13.05.05 at 22:11 »
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on 13.05.05 at 16:10, naomi wrote:
PS: If I may, I'll let you know of any forthcoming gigs I am doing, through the Forum

Please feel free, Naomi -- happy to promote good gigs here!
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« Reply #12: 04.06.05 at 12:42 »
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Many thanks, Steve ! Right, here goes:
 
On Tuesday July 19 at 1pm, I will be giving a free concert with, on piano, Stephen Rose - who was my excellent accompanist at PoD - at the City Lit adult education institute in Central London as part of their series of lunchtime recitals by students. It will finish by 2pm. Latecomers will be admitted (and early departers allowed to leave!)
 
It's another celebration of Stephen Sondheim at 75, and most of the songs we'll be doing also appeared in my evening show "Send in the Clowns" (which Seán and Leslie saw); but it is not another performance of that show.
 
The repertoire is not yet finalised (yes, I know the concert is only six weeks away!) but will definitely include songs by Sondheim, Bernstein and Rodgers & Hammerstein.
 
There won't be any Atkin/James songs, I'm afraid.  I am (with their kind permission) hoping to perform some PA/CJ songs again in the near future.
 
The venue is the Recital Room, Ground Floor, City Lit, Keeley St, London WC2. It's off Kingsway, the nearest Tube being Holborn and Covent Garden. (NB: the City Lit has moved, so don't go to the old building, which is in another street.) No advance booking - just turn up.
 
It would be great to see some fellow MVs there. Remember, it's free!
 
Best wishes,
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« Reply #13: 18.07.05 at 12:25 »
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Hello all,
 
Just a reminder: if you'll be in Central London on Tuesday July 19 and looking for something to do at lunchtime, I hope you might be able to come to the free recital that I'll be giving with Stephen Rose at the City Lit (in the recital hall on the ground floor) in Keeley St WC2 (off Kingsway) at 1pm. Will be over by 2pm. Nearest Tube is Holborn.
 
It's a celebration of Stephen Sondheim at 75 - songs by Sondheim, Bernstein, Rodgers and others. It's not a repeat performance of my show "Send in the Clowns", which Seán and Leslie were kind enough to attend, but much of the repertoire will be the same.
 
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« Reply #14: 18.07.05 at 18:10 »
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Good luck Naomi. I was hoping to come notwithstanding having heard the songs previously but have got hijacked by a client meeting. But I'll be there in spirit.
 
Any Voices in the vicinity - if you can spare the hour you'll have a treat in store.
 
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« Reply #15: 19.07.05 at 13:02 »
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Regret I can't attend either - but do let us know of any more Naomi - and anyone who attends please do report back!
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« Reply #16: 10.08.05 at 22:49 »
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Well, as far as I know I was the only MV there on July 19 - and as I was the one singing  I'm perhaps not best placed to report back on the performance. But the audience were great, and the place was full. Someone even arrived during the last song (interpreting "latecomers admitted" very literally, but I'm certainly not complaining!)
 
Given that Midvodia seems to have gone rather quiet, may I presume further on Mr Birkill's good nature and indeed that of the MVs at large, and get in an early plug for my debut at Des de Moor's cabaret club Pirate Jenny's, which is to take place on the evening of this Tuesday November 15?
 
I first saw Pete in performance at Pirate Jenny's (back in 2001), so I'll be walking in illustrious footsteps.  
 
Mind you, and NB, Pirate Jenny's now operates in Central London - at the Drill Hall, which I think is in Chenies St WC1 (no longer at the Vortex).
 
With Jenny Gould on piano, I'll be singing some Stephen Sondheim songs, and also numbers by Sondheim's contemporaries, by those who have influenced him and by those whom he has influenced  - in another celebration of the great man's 75th birthday. Much of the repertoire will be different to what you heard me do at PoD last year, I should point out ! For instance, we plan to do some songs by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock.
 
For the second half of the evening, Des de Moor is planning to revive his much-acclaimed re-interpretations of David Bowie songs, with Russell Churney on piano.
 
As far as I know, at the time of writing, booking is not yet open; nor do I have the kick-off time or the ticket prices  - but maybe anyone interested in coming along to the gig could pencil it in their diaries provisionally !
 
Will let you have further details when I have them - and they'll in due course appear on the Pirate Jenny's website, of course.
 
Best wishes,
Naomi Hyamson
 
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« Reply #17: 08.09.05 at 23:32 »
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Hello all,
 
"Naomi plays two shows" is accurate this time: as well as the Pirate Jenny's gig at the Drill Hall in Chenies St on November 15, and for which booking is now open (see Drill Hall website), I've been asked to do some songs at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (The Mall) on the afternoon of Saturday September 17, also accompanied by Jenny Gould.
 
What will interest Midnight Voices is that our ICA gig is to include that gem from the Atkin/James songbook, "An Empty Table". Clive has very kindly made a small change to  his lyrics to enable me to sing the song (otherwise the first-person in the song is male) - and I am of course immensely grateful to both Pete and Clive for this.
 
Jenny and I will be doing a 20-minute set of London-themed songs as part of an afternoon-long event on Saturday September 17 in the bar of the ICA. The event, which is also to include discussion and film, is entitled "London through the eyes of Londoners". The ICA website has details.  
 
As well as the PA/CJ song, Jenny and I will be performing songs by Coward, Debussy, George Gershwin, and Lerner and Loewe. We do hope some MVs will be able to be there for what one might call the "female premiere" of "An Empty Table" !
 
Best wishes to all - and heartfelt thanks once more to Pete and Clive,
 
Naomi H
 
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« Reply #18: 08.09.05 at 23:38 »
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Clarification to the above:
 
Jenny Gould and I are scheduled to perform our 20-minute set during the ICA event on Sat September 17 at 3.15pm.
 
(The event itself, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, begins at 2pm).
 
Best wishes,
 
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« Reply #19: 14.09.05 at 11:03 »
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Sorry for another plug, folks, but below is what the ICA has now sent me about their event this Saturday (Sep 17, 2-6pm). My songs (which will start at 3.15pm or 3.30pm) will include Pete and Clive's "An Empty Table"(amended, as mentioned above) . As you can see, I'll be in illustrious company - so I hope some MVs might be able to come along to help me conquer my nerves !!
 
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