Twelfth Night concert by Encore,

Langcliffe Institute

THE first line sung was 'Someone show me a way to get outta here' from Little Shop of Horrors.

Luckily for the audience, Martin Stead's singing group, Encore, stayed to give an excellent performance of songs from many musicals.

The medley from 'Little Shop' was well sung and performed by the group and raised many smiles.

There were also medleys from West Side Story and Chicago, both beautifully performed interspersed with numbers from many other shows, all performed to a high standard.

A personal favourite was Gemma's performance of The Alto's Lament, which drew many laughs from the audience, especially those Settle Amateur Operatic Society members present.

Each of the two acts featured a sing-along. As always, the audience in Langcliffe really enjoyed performing and justice was done to songs by Cole Porter and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Martin explained that the 'Curse of Langcliffe'; singers suddenly losing their voices or developing streaming colds, had begun shortly before they journeyed to the village.

Martin joked that he had suggested the show should be "sponsored by Covonia".

Fortunately, for all who attended, the curse did not affect any of the performances.

Helen Jarvis