The sensational Only Men Aloud and the magnificent Cory band, showcased their “A Night At The Movies” show last night, at the iconic St David’s hall Cardiff and what a superb show it was!
The evening was a celebration of the world’s most loved films, especially focusing on the wonderful music, from legendary American composer, conductor and pianist, John Williams.
The concert opened with “O Verona” from the film adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, in the mid 1990s, which was orchestrated brilliantly by the Cory Band.
There were some A cappella performances from Only Men Aloud, which included a marvellous rendition of Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ On The Ritz. The audience were singing along to this wonderful piece and seemed to throughly enjoy the performance.
A special part of the evening for me, was when the ensemble performed a James Bond medley, which included “For your eyes only” and the iconic “Gold finger”, which, of course was originally sung by Wales’ very own Shirley Bassey.
Only Men Aloud really delivered the highs and lows of these iconic songs and with the accompanying Cory band, their performance was made even more powerful and dramatic.
There was also a Disney soundtrack assortment, which was enchanting. It included the 1940s classic Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, from animated movie “Song of the South”, which was incredibly charming. Also included were hit songs from Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, which were delightful in every way.
There was also an arrangement of the 1950s classic “Singing in the Rain”, with “Only Men Aloud” actually using umbrellas as props, in this spectacular rendition of this famous song, it was truly captivating.
The second half opened with the world famous “Star Wars” soundtrack and included a piece from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The Cory band were incredible and brought the St David’s hall alive, with this perfectly orchestrated “John Williams” piece.
Another all-powerful moment in this concert was when Only Men Aloud sang “Men of Harlech”, from 1964 film “Zulu”. It was a solid yet empowering performance and again sounded superb with the accompanying Cory band.
A highlight of the night was their “ABBA” medley which included the iconic “Dancing Queen” and a fantastic version of “Our Last Summer”.
The concert closed with a version of “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen”. This was a spectacular ending and received a standing ovation.
In reflection the evening took us on a magical journey with legendary tracks that will never be forgotten. I would like to highly commend Musical Director “Philip Harper”, for his superb orchestral skills and funky dance moves! I would also like to personally congratulate Only Men Aloud, for yet another outstanding performance along with the Cory Band, who really delivered an exceptional performance too.
The iconic St David’s hall Cardiff, has been paid homage to some of the world’s greatest art’s professionals and continues to do so, with many more exciting concerts coming up. If you’re looking for a pre-show tipple, then don’t forget their wonderful Gin lounge, located on level 3, it’s ideal for relaxing before the show.
ARTICLE BY CHIEF EDITOR OF VALLEY TIMES BRETT SALWAY