The glorious bank holiday weekend started in style with this year’s May Day Cabaret. An evening of varied musical surprises, including a piano trio and guitar duo performing music in the May Hall foyer as guests arrived. The hall itself was set out with cabaret-style tables and chairs and the three different stages meant that the audience who filled the hall, were never quite sure where the next act was going to come from – either in the room or in terms of music style.
This was the main event of the year for the Philharmonic Orchestra and Cyclone Wind Band. The Philharmonic put us ‘In the Mood’ for the evening with Glen Miller’s famous tune and Cyclone’s performance of YMCA and drew the inevitable dance moves from a balcony full of students.
The room reverberated to the sounds of percussion ensembles from The Beatz, Syncopated Stix and The Paradiddles - nobody had ever heard ‘Is This the Way to Amarillo’ on a glockenspiel before.
New student indie bands Stix and Tones, The Faithful and The Faithless all found the stage this year performing songs by Bastille, Snow Patrol, Jason Mraz and Black Sabbath. Joe Goodhead memorably added Skinny Love and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven.
A new jazz trio of piano, bass and drums performed Jools Holland’s Birdcage Walk and was one of four jazz acts on the bill. Sassy Sax, the Jazz Band and the Swing Band presented a mixture of standards and contemporary tunes which brought the evening to a close and sent a delighted audience away still wanting more.