Live Review: Claire Martin at The Old Market

Claire Martin with The Montpellier Cello Quartet, supported by Cloggz

The Old Market, Hove

Thursday 19th December 2013

    

    Raising money for Brighton Women’s Centre, this special evening began with support act Cloggz, directed by pianist Mark Edwards.

    Performing some hauntingly beautiful cinematic music, such as the themes from The Mission and Schindler’s List, the violin of Ben Sarfas combined with the interweaving lines of Julian Nicholas made this an evening of memorable music (and this was just the support act).

    After the interval, The Montpellier Cello Quartet began their set with an instrumental piece before being joined by vocalist Claire Martin who sang an eclectic mixture of beautiful arrangements by Richard Rodney Bennett and Joe Stilgoe amongst others, and compositions by Cole Porter, Kate Bush, Gus Kahn and Carly Simon.

    The Kate Bush song The Man With The Child In His Eyes was a memorable highlight of a memorable evening of unique and emotionally resonant music.

 

Charlie Anderson

 

Cloggz: Mark Edwards, piano;  Julian Nicholas,  saxophones; Ben Sarfas, violin; Neil Corin, accordion and glockenspiel; Eden Townend, guitar; Terry  Pack, double bass; Dave Trigwell, drums.

 

Claire Martin, vocals; Montpellier Cello Quartet: Dan James, Sarah Davison, Joe Giddey, Siriol Hugh-Jones.