Perse Charity Cabaret goes with a swing

Perse singers and musicians stole the show as the school’s annual Charity Cabaret came back in its traditional setting.

After being held as a socially-distanced concert in the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre for the last two years due to Covid restrictions, the event returned to the Main Hall with audience members enjoying a meal served alongside a night of great music.

Marvellously compered by Kashvi Sivasubramaniam and Malachy Wallace (both Upper Sixth), the show included performances from a variety of talented soloists, duos and groups.

From Tom Hammond (Year 11) playing Dave Brubeck jazz standards on piano to William Walker (Year 10) blasting heavy metal hits from Van Halen and Guns ‘n’ Roses on guitar, there was something to suit all tastes.

In amongst the classic cover versions, pianist Gerri Shi (Upper Sixth) was joined by Maggie Zhang (Upper Sixth) for a performance of her own mesmerising composition, Homecoming Book of Odes.

The Perse Big Band gave their sumptuous backing to a range of favourites including Back to Black, You Make Me Feel So Young, Someone to Watch Over Me and They Can’t Take That Away from Me.

It was left to the Senior Prefects to provide a traditional fun dance finale to an entertaining evening.

The event raised around £500 for the DEC Pakistan Floods Appeal, with raffle prizes supplied by Jack’s Gelato, Hot Numbers, Cambridge University, Cambridge Tennis Academy, the Red Lion Inn Hinxton, the Black Bull Inn Balsham, Café au Chocolat, Aromi, Culinaris and Zion Landscapes.


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