Musician back in Ripon to perform at festival

Emily Jennings.
Emily Jennings.

A talented ensemble of graduates from the Royal College of Music, Bristol Old Vic and the London School of Musical Theatre are returning to Ripon to perform a musical showcase.

Part of the Ripon International Festival, the musicians will perform the cabaret, Some Enchanted Evening, at Ripon Spa Hotel on Sunday, September 8, from 7.30pm.

The group – led by local girl Emily Jennings – previously performed Back to Broadway at Holy Trinity Church in February 2012.

Former Ripon Grammar School student Emily said: “I am so excited about this event. The programme is varied and invigorating, and it will be such a thrill to bring what promises to be some of the most exciting new material to an audience in a place so dear to my heart.”

The audience will be entertained with songs ranging from shows such Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera to timeless classics like Kiss me Kate, Follies and South Pacific plus some contemporary repertoire from artists such as Jason Robert Brown and Charles Miller.

The audience will also be treated to brand new material from upcoming musical theatre composer Jude Obermuller.

Jude, who is making his third concert appearance in Ripon, said; “For a composer, the world premiere of one’s piece is surely always the most incredible and invaluable moment.

“This will be a piece called Pokój (pronounced Poh-koi, meaning ‘peace’ in Polish), from current work-in-progress Block 19.

“This is based on holocaust survivor Adolf Burger’s book, The Devil’s Workshop, which is set within Camp Bernhardt, where Jews were forced to counterfeit money.

“Our version has been given the go-ahead and blessing of the 96-year-old Slovakian author.

“It’s a remarkable, fairly unknown true story that is loaded with heart and spirit.”

– Tickets £13 (students £10)available on 01765 603994 or 01423 502116, online at www.riponinternationalfestival.com and at Alan’s Gallery and Kirkgate Yarns in Ripon.