BOST Musicals’ ‘The Sounds of Liverpool’ at St George’s Hall
THE music of Merseyside in the hands (and feet) of the Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust (BOST Musicals) was a celebration full of classics from the region’s greatest hits.
Two shows at the famous concert hall illustrated the vast talent within the ranks of BOST with a little help from their friends at the Liverpool Theater School run by the legendary Norah Button.
Each song – traditional and contemporary – had been chosen to reflect a wide range of locally sourced music.
Two-act showcases were presented to two sold-out audiences featuring the works of: The Beatles (collectively and solo), Cilla Black, Gerry and His Pacemakers, Ken Dodd and his Diddymen; Billy Fury; Atomic kitten.
And there were performances from other genres – including sea shanties and the timeless In My Liverpool Home.
BOST cast members
There was something for everyone: a Real Thing medley; a sparkling dance move by the seven members of the Feather Girls on Frankie goes to Hollywoodit is Relax; a funny version of Jimmy Osmond Liverpool Long Haired Lover and a strong vocal version of Valerie by The Zutons.
If proof were needed of the diversity of Merseyside music, this three-hour show certainly wrapped it all up with its ambitious program including a theatrical section with excerpts from Willy’s Russell’s Educating Rita and Blood brothers.
Chirpy host Claire Sweeney narrated throughout and top marks also go to director Gareth Casey, music director Tricia Gaskell and choreography by Collete Clare.
BOST cast members
With so many people involved, it would be unfair to focus on just one artist. It was a polished ensemble concert showcasing the vast talents and teamwork of BOOST members in the most delightful array of costumes.
The large audience left the room and its majestic chandelier to the anthemic sounds of The Beatles‘ Hey Jude.
The BOST Musical troupe is now looking forward to their big Empire Christmas – Shrek from December 1 to 3 which, with recent productions, is necessarily as solid as a pound.
Globe verdict: four stars
Sound like a pound! BOOST
For full details visit www.bostmusicals.co.uk