Cantabile – The London Quartet

A Song for Christmas

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Last Show: Friday 30 th December 2016

The Pheasantry (Chelsea)

If it's Christmas, it's got to be Cantabile – The London Quartet. ‘The Singers Most Songs Prefer’ make their début at The Pheasantry in a programme packed with Christmas Crackers. The show at will feature the London Quartet’s trademark blend of harmony and hilarity, and include classic Seasonal Favourites from their new Christmas album (Let It Snow!, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, ‘Silent Night’…), as well as their side-splitting treatment of The Twelve Days of Christmas, The Festival of Carols (27 carols in two minutes!), Good King Wenceslas Had a Farm – and much more…

 

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'Sophisticated comedy…a touch of class'

THE TIMES

The London Quartet – still known to many as Cantabile – have long been recognised to be one of Britain's great vocal groups, with a following throughout Europe and further afield. Founded in Cambridge as a purely a cappella student group, they first came to prominence in the Tim Rice musical Blondel in London's West End. These days they spend more time touring overseas than in the UK, so be sure to catch this rare London appearance.

They are joined at The Pheasantry by Chris Hatt at the piano; Chris has been Musical Director on more than twenty West End shows, most recently conducting Guys and Dolls and, for a number of years, Billy Elliot ­– The Musical.Chris and The London Quartet first worked together in 2008 in the Tim Rice / ABBA musical Chess in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall starring Josh Groban and Idina Menzel, on which Chris was Musical Associate.

Chris also joins the London Quartet on their latest album, itself entitled ‘A Song for Christmas’, from which much of the material for their show at The Pheasantry will be drawn. It features a dazzling variety of music, from intimate a cappella classical gems such as Infant Holy, Infant Lowly through jazz standards like I’ll Be Home for Christmas and What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?, show songs (the frantic Twelve Days to Christmas from She Loves Me) to soul anthems (Christmas in My Heart) and original Christmas point-numbers like the side-splitting Christmas Cards, written especially for the London Quartet.

Great singing, great songs, great fun!

Band Lineup

Sarah-Ann Cromwell

Christopher O’Gorman

Mark Fleming

Michael Steffan

& Chris Hatt (piano)