A Celebration of Arts and Music

Friday 24 April 2009 - Monday 4 May 2009


2009 Cookham Festival Highlights


29 April  - Cookham Dean Village Hall

with thanks to Val Eckett and Bob Doulson for the photos

"A full house enjoyed a really superb evening on Wednesday provided by the Barbershop quartet comprising of three young men and one young lady - not the usual Barbershop format but what a brilliant conbination.  The four very different voices harmonised so well together and led to an excellent performance of a hilarious play.  Starting in England and travelling out to Ljubijana to take part in a Barbershop competition where the dastardly Swiss entrants tried desperately to destroy the English groups' chance of winning.  However, after many very amusing events which  had the audience almost in tears with laughter justice prevailed and our young heroes won the day and the competition.   The Barbershopera was written by two of the quartet Rob Castell and Tom Sadler.


This talented duo returned after the interval to entertain us with various songs penned by themselves.  Again they had the audience in fits of laughter as they sang about hoodies, teenagers and various modern themes ending with a sea shanty about Gordon Brown who it was felt might improve his image if he became a pirate.


All in all an extremely enjoyable evening showcasing some of our local talent before setting off again on their Spring Tour. Hopefully we will be able to welcome them back to Cookham for the next Festival providing, of course, that by then they will have time to fit us in as I feel this young group will have a very rosy and busy future ahead of them".


The Scotsman said "Barbershopera is a feast of frenetic ridiculousness and technically superb singing. They received two Musical Theatre Matters Awards for Best Lyrics and Most Promising New Musical

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