‘Sing for the Soul’ musical extravaganza – Event Review

Calvin Glen’s musical extravaganza ‘Sing for the Soul’ kicked off at 1pm yesterday at the Suncliff hotel.  Calvin is one of Dorset Mind’s young ambassadors.  At just 15, he organised and compered a truly excellent gig that combined music with promoting mental health.

Musical extravaganza – a wonderful variety

The majority of the performances featured contemporary songs or songs from musical theatre.  There was some inspired original work too…

Calvin started the proceedings with a rendition of ‘Pure Imagination’ from the film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  A touching tribute to Gene Wilder, who sadly passed away last Monday.  He followed this up with ‘Empty Chairs at Empty Tables’ from Les Miserables – perhaps an indication that Calvin was a little nervous how the event would be received.

He need not worry, there was plenty of support!

Martyn Underhill, Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner, Will Hulme from Westbourne Rotary Club, Mark Storey from Dorset Mental Health Forum all attended.  We even spotted Rosalind Fountain, a talent scout!

Full Artist Review

Calvin was followed by Jenny Oag – who has a powerful voice, similar to Barbara Streisand.  She sang three songs including ‘Defying Gravity‘ from Wicked musical, and ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen.

Felicity Bryant followed Jenny with an impressive operatic performance of ‘Nella Fantasia’ by Moricone.  Sung in Italian, it was first released by Sarah Brightman!

The lovely Hannah Gough was on next – she sang three songs.  ‘The Rose’ by Bette Midler, ‘Feel my Love’ by Adele and ‘Never Saw Blue’ by Shawn Calvin.  All songs really suited her rich, depth of tone.

Next up was our youngest performer.  At just 14, Issy Whitlock played the acoustic guitar alongside her renditions of James Bay’s ‘Let it Go’.  She also sung Oasis’ ‘Half the World Away’ and Sean Mendes ‘Stitches’.  Issy then performed a beautiful song she wrote about confronting a bully.

Tobias Fitton’s – known as Tobias in Flight – style of music was haunting.  His wide vocal range up to falsetto suited the ambient folk-rock melodies he played on his guitar.

Evelyn Walsh was next on stage.  Her rich, velvety tones perfectly suited Dusty Springfield’s ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ and Erma Franklin’s ‘Take a little Piece of my Heart.’

Our talented ambassadors Stacey and Calvin

One of our other talented ambassadors – Stacey Mumford – was next to perform.  She sung her version of James Bay’s ‘Let it Go’ and Alex Clare’s ‘Too Close.’  For Jeff Buckley’s classic ‘Hellelujah’, Calvin joined Stacey on stage and accompanied her on his guitar.

Melissa Barton followed Stacey.  Her soulful voice effortlessly sung Dusty’s ‘Son of a Preacher Man’ and ‘Riptide’ by Vance Joy.

It was then Calvin’s turn to perform.  He played a great version of ‘Crazy Litte Thing Called Love’ by Queen which got the crowd joining in.  His own song followed ‘Careless Talk Costs Lives’, that commented on his own experiences. Elvis’ ‘Dixieland’ completed our ambassador’s magnificent set.

Following Calvin’s performance came our Trustee Anna Windett’s sister, Alexis.  She hadn’t sung in public for 15 years!  Alexis gave a frank speech about her experience of suffering with depression, and then sung The Carpenter’s ‘The End of the World.’  It was incredibly moving.  She then followed that by a Pulp song ‘Razzmatazz.’

Tara Flanagan was the penultimate act.  Having sung too much Abba the night before, her voice was sore!  She managed to perform ‘I’d Give my Life For You’ from Miss Saigon.  She got an extremely large round of applause for her effort.

Brother Grimmer were the final act – their energetic guitar rock was the perfect end to a fabulous concert.

Raffle

The concert was followed by a superb raffle that Calvin and his Mum, Marie, had organised.  There were 28 prizes donated by so many generous people.  We were lucky to win some choccies, which are going down very well in the office today!

Official thanks to follow soon, plus the total raised – keep an eye on the website.

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