Now that the autumn is quickly disappearing over one hundred musicians from all parts of the city have put away their bicycles, lawn mowers and photos of their summer holidays and have thrown themselves into the rehearsals for the 29th series of charity concerts, namely Showstoppers 2017. The Londonderry Musical Society and the Britannia Concert Band under their respective MDs Jim Goodman and Stewart Smith have come up with yet another exciting programme which features the best of Musical Theatre, ever popular instrumental favourites and a variety of soloists and ensembles of the highest quality.
This year the fast moving extravaganza will include music from Oliver, Jersey Boys, Showboat, Les Miserables, Anything Goes and excerpts from Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Joanna Higgins, Susan Wilson, Lorraine Roddy and Donald Hill head the experienced team of principals and are supported by Maeve McMenamin, Annette McCarron, David Thomas, Fergal McCarry, Brendan Brady, Rebecca McGuffin Pearl Stewart, Chris McIvor, Greg Doherty, all of whom have many years of appearing with the LMS. The future looks rosy for the company as four teenage stars play leading roles in this year’s programme namely Amy Kilgore, Amy Smith, Hannah Deane and Eireann Hickey. Accompaniment is provided by the very talented Ben McGonigle and his colleagues, Diarmuid O’Kane and Knox Wilson. Apart from the popular musical shows this year features, Elvis, Lionel Richie, Adele, Sara Bareilles and the ever popular Carly Simon’s ‘Let the River Run’.
The thrilling sound of the Britannia Concert Band with its array of trumpets, trombones, horns and tubas blending with a massive woodwind section is bound to impress the audiences in Larne, Ballycastle, Buncrana, Limavady and the Millennium Forum. Stewart Smith has put together an exciting combination of music hot off the press and popular standards such as Big Band Salute. This will be a fitting end to their celebrations of their 150 years of making music. When they combine with full chorus for the finale of Viva Tonight and led by Joanna Higgins goose bumps will surely rise!
This year you can catch Showstoppers 2017 at five venues during the month of November. Friday 10th in the Plaza Ballroom, Buncrana, Thursday 16th in Limavady High School and Friday 17th in Larne. The following week the performances will be in the Millennium Forum on Friday 24th and the final show is in the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle on Saturday 25th. Secure your tickets now to avoid disappointment!