Summer singalong with Bridget a’Beckett & James Ferguson

Our audiences have proved adept and enthusiastic when invited by our performers to sing with them. So, as we moved towards the silly season, the House on the Hill engaged James Ferguson, pianist extraordinaire, and Bridget A’Beckett, musician and founder of the Cliffy Pub Choir, to lead group singing in the house. The result was a glorious and joyful night, with an audience of 80+ people belting out classic pop/rock tunes and Christmas carols. The singalong was staged as a charity fundraiser, with $1,000 ultimately donated to Bowel Cancer Australia. We hope to make this an annual event.

Professional musos in their own right, Bridget a’Beckett and James Ferguson have formed a duo to share their love of music with the Clifton Hill community. As a choir leader, Bridget likes telling James what to do. As the pianist that can do anything Bridget asks, James is happy to oblige. Bridget is yet to find a song James can’t play, so it has become a challenge that she is determined to win.

Their friendship and easy banter results in a laidback singalong session of some well-known favourites, with a few spontaneous requests to end the night. There is wine, laughter and a guaranteed endorphin release waiting for you if you choose to join in. We hope you do!

Bridget A’Beckett

Bridget is the founder of a theatre company that produces musical theatre for children called “Musical Sprouts”. Its work is grounded in the latest research and evidence from neuroscientists about brain development in early childhood. The company’s current show “A Day In The Life Of You” has performed extensively across Melbourne, with a recent successful season at the Spiegeltent for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Bridget’s musical career extends across many creative genres including professional theatre, the live music scene, community arts and theatre production. As a performer, she has appeared in “Cabaret the Musical” alongside Tina Arena and released an album of original songs called “The Wishing”. She has worked for 15 years as a composer and musical director for choirs, youth musicals, kids’ theatre, and community and corporate organisations and delivered community arts and music projects, including the award-winning “52 Flashmobs in 52 Weeks”.

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James Ferguson

James is a brilliant pianist who, by virtue of playing decades of sticky pub gigs, contrived weddings and awkward corporate events, has acquired a considerable repertoire of popular music from the second half of the last century, and enough from this millennium to stay relevant and employable.

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