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ALISON CROOSE Princess Theatre, Hunstanton

ALISON CROOSE

Four men. Four voices. But what a stunning range of musical sounds they produced from trumpets and trombones to the Beatles and the Beach Boys.

What began as an a capella student group at Cambridge have become seasoned performers whose whistlestop tour of their favourite singing groups made for superb entertainment.

What a pity they attracted such a modest audience because it was a programme with wide appeal. Not only was there a huge range of music but the presentation was slick, energetic, visual and generously spiced with humour.


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Richard Bryan (counter-tenor), Robin Green (tenor), Mark Fleming (tenor) and Michael Steffan (baritone) plus Paul Plummer (piano) paid tribute to a host of diverse groups with numbers including The Mills Brothers' Tiger Rag, Manhatten Transfer's Chanson d'Amour. The Four Freshmen's Route 66 and a classic of close harmony singing, the Hi-Lo's My Romance.

They also created wonderful instrumental sounds in the style of famous German group, The Comedian Harmonists, with the overture to the Barber of Seville and Duke Ellington's Creole Love Call and Caravan.

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If they needed to underline their versatility there was a tremendous tribute to the Beatles and the hilarious Orpheus (courtesy of Offenbach) from the film Peter's Friends.

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