Review: Graffiti Classics at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
Grafitti Classics, Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham
Have you ever seen a man lying on his back playing a double bass, or trying to hold it under his chin like a violin? No? Then you've not seen Grafitti Classics, a string quartet with a difference.
The double bass replaces the cello in this line-up of talented musicians.
Cathal O'Duill, Emma Blanco, Jemima Clarke and Charlie Stock played faultlessly whether standing, running, jumping – anything other than occasionally standing still.
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Charlie, the avuncular cheer leader, led the group on stage with the introduction to Strauss' Also sprach Zarathustra followed by the opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony which morphed into Saturday Night Fever.
From Irish Reels, Sabre Dance, Russian, Bulgarian and Hungarian melodies we moved through Bach and the Sailors' Hornpipe to Ravel's Bolero, which sounded convincing on four instuments.
Mention must be made of the sincere rendition of the poignant Irish folk song She moved tnrough the fair, also Danny Boy, although I doubt if anyone noticed Charlie's singing as 'the girls' added significant Irish mementos behind his back.
Audience participation was greatly encouraged.
We learned some Italian, sang in Hebrew, and tried syncopated clapping, not very successfully for some!
But not much encouragement was required to get us to respond to the geniality and general mayhem.
Can Can, Czardas, a sea yoyage etc were all amazingly choreographed.
This was a great evening's entertainment, full of energy and melody. Please will they return to Cheltenham.