On 19th January 2018, Indigo held a charity concert at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham in aid of three charities, the Nkurkngo Foundation Nursery & Primary School in Uganda, the Singing Gorilla Projects in Uganda and Manor Green College, a specialist needs school in Crawley, West Sussex.
The sold out show featured a mix of artistes and was headlined by Beverly Skeete, lead vocalist with Bill Wyman’s ‘Rhythm Kings’. The event was hosted by ‘King of the One Liners’ Tim Vine, who also performed as his alter ego Plastic Elvis.
The show kicked off with a quick fire round of puns from Vine, who then introduced the first music act NooN. They played a high energy set of atmospheric pop. Vine was quickly back on stage with some more antics and then onto Reverb who performed a beautiful version of Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s ‘Human’.
The music acts and jokes from Tim came thick and fast with Alexis performing songs from her debut album and Andy 0’s rendition of ‘All the Young Dudes’ sounded like Bowie could have been in the building.
The highlight of the first half was surely Hurstpierpoint Rock Pop Choir performing a special song composed by Graham Noon and Josie Quin, with an arrangement by the Nkurkingo musicians in Uganda. The performance was accompanied by a video featuring pupils and musicians from the Nkurkingo Singing Gorilla Music School.
The interval provided an opportunity to purchase ‘Pen Behind the Ear’ tickets. The winning number would match Tim’s successful attempt to land a pen behind his ear! And also raise more funds for the charities.
The second half kicked off with Tim’s ‘Pen Behind the Ear’ routine and then Neil Pyzer (from The Selector) performed a rip roaring instrumental from his Winter Ska project. After more foolery from Mr Vine, Willie Austen was next up on stage with his amazing band. What a guy, what a guitar player and some more instrumental acrobatics from Neil Pyzer on sax.
Beverly Skeete performed an eclectic mix of original songs accompanied by her two daughters Maz and Sara. Needless to say the vocal arrangements and performances were absolutely stunning.
Plastic Elvis was next performing his favourite Elvis song ‘Baby Let’s Play House’. The audience couldn’t help but think this guy bared a striking resemblance to a certain Mr Vine! Plastics’ boisterous performance was followed by a delightful interview with the legendary singer songwriter David Martin and a duet from him and Plastic Elvis performing a song penned by Martin and originally recorded by the real Elvis proved a real winner with the audience.
All acts then joined the stage for the encore, a rendition of David Martin’s big hit for Barry Manillow ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ accompanied by some great video footage of village life in Nkuringo.
The show finished with a standing ovation and raised £3000 from ticket sales and donations on the night.
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