Sounds of the 70s - Sunday 1 May 2022 7.30pm

Come and hear all of your favourite 1970s hits recreated live, and with full symphonic backing. Break out those flares, polish up those platforms, iron those kaftans, don those medallions and boogie on down to the Assembly Hall Theatre for our spectacular May Day Gala.

With a thrilling programme specially arranged by RTWSO music director Roderick Dunk and Capital Voices director Annie Skates, ‘Sounds of the 70s’ promises to be a fantastic celebration of a truly great musical decade!

Expect a night of unforgettable hits and iconic sounds by Abba, Queen, Barry Manilow, Stevie Wonder, 10cc, The Three Degrees, Barry White, Van McCoy, The Carpenters, The Stylistics, Donna Summer, Village People, Hot Chocolate, Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond and many, many more of your 70s favourites, all backed by the thrilling live sound of an 80 piece orchestra.

Come and join us for an unforgettable night of great hits – 70s costumes are welcome!

Annie Skates

Annie Skates made her solo debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and subsequently was their soprano soloist at the opening of St Pancras International.

She has performed with orchestras worldwide in such shows as Thank You For The Music (to 37,000 people at Hyde Park), ABBA and Disco Symphonic Spectaculars, One Enchanted Evening and Sassy, Brassy Broadway.

Annie has sung with artists including the Bee Gees, Robbie Williams, Beyoncé, Elton John, Kylie Minogue, Gary Barlow, Lionel Richie, Annie Lennox, Gloria Estefan, The Jacksons, Michael Ball, Russell Watson, Lesley Garrett and José Carreras. As well as writing and singing backing vocals for Britain and America’s Got Talent, Annie was vocal expert for Simon Cowell’s team in the first series of X-Factor.

She has coached contestants on Popstars, The Voice Kids and Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes and worked with the leading actors in the films Bohemian Rhapsody and Eurovision. TV performances include Later with Jools Holland, Parkinson, The Graham Norton Show and The Classical Brits.

Annie can be heard on film soundtracks, West End cast recordings and advertisements including: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again; Beauty and the Beast; Aladdin; Cinderella; The Phantom of the Opera; Entrapment; Cats and Grease.

Emma Kershaw

Emma Kershaw trained on the violin and piano at the Royal College of Music, London, and has a BA music degree. She trained as an actor at the London Repertory Company Academy.

CONCERT: Emma has worked as a soloist with many orchestras in the UK and Europe. Recent performances include ABBAphonic (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) Albert Hall, A Broadway Christmas (Vesteras Sinfonietta), Symphonic 80s Spectacular (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra), Screens of the 80’s (BBC Radio 2, BBC Concert Orchestra), White Christmas, (London Concert Orchestra), Celebrate Sinatra (Royal Festival Hall), My Funny Valentine (Barbican), Ella Fitzgerald Centenary concert (BBC Radio 2), Celebrate Sinatra (Royal Festival Hall), Up, Up and Away (BBC Radio 2).

Other favourite solo performances include Thank you for the Music- a celebration of the music of Abba, BBC Radio 2 (Hyde Park) with Capital Voices, A Celebration of Cole Porter (Barbican), The Story of James Bond (London Palladium) and Swingin’ on Broadway (RTE Symphony Orchestra).

THEATRE: Featured roles in the West End include the Les Miserables (Factory girl and Fantine), Fame (Miss Bell), Hot Stuff (Mavis) and Prisoner Cell Block H, the Musical (Twinkie). She also performed in By the Skin of Our Teeth (Young Vic). In Europe, Emma played Florence in the award-nominated production of Chess and she sang the role on the fully orchestrated double CD of the show. Other leads: Grease (Rizzo), Jesus Christ Superstar (Mary), Tommy (Mrs Walker) and Walton’s Façade (Narrator).
In England, lead roles include Company (April), directed by Julia Mackenzie (Radio 2), Moll Flanders (Moll), the world premiere of Tom Jones (Sophia), The Cherry Orchard (Ranyevskaya), West Side Story (Anita), Guys and Dolls (Adelaide). She has played leads in three productions nominated for Best Musical: Into the Woods (The Baker’s Wife), Stone Free (Lola) and Cabaret (Fraulein Kost). Emma won best actress in a festival of short plays as Joyce in Ruffian on the Stair.

FILM/TV: BBC’s Topsy and Tim (Doctor Walton). Other appearances include The Bill (DTI Ruth Lewsey), featured characters in the comedy series Get up Stand up (Channel 4), and short films Love for Sale and Passengers.
Emma can be heard on many TV and film soundtracks, including Lion King 3, Asterix and the John Wilson Orchestra’s album Cole Porter in Hollywood. Her solo album, Listen to my Heart, and more information, is available on her website, www.emmakershaw.com

Tim Howar

Tim Howar is co-lead-singer of the band Mike + The Mechanics, with Andrew Roachford and Mike Rutherford. He has spent the past few years recording and touring around the world singing hits such as “All I Need is a Miracle” and “I Can’t Dance” to sell-out audiences and arenas. Their most recent albums include Let Me Fly (2017) and Out of the Blue (2019), and their latest UK tour consisted of 56 sold-out dates, ending with opening for Phil Collins on his arena tour around Europe. He is also currently working on a solo album.

Tim has spent his career on both sides of the Atlantic, starring in West-End and Broadway productions. His theatre career has seen him play an extensive variety of lead roles, ranging from rock musicals to classical musicals. Credits include Roger in Rent (Broadway), Stu in Tonight’s the Night (original London Production), Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages (West End), Marius in Les Misérables (US 10th Anniversary Tour), Tommy in The Who’s Tommy (original Canadian Tour), Michael in Peggy Sue got Married (original London production), Ozzy in On the Town (ENO/Théâtre du Châtelet), Freddie/The American in Chess (ENO London Coliseum).

Other credits include Miss Saigon (Toronto), Joseph (original USA & Canada), Ragtime (Cardiff), Shoes (Sadlers Wells), The House of Martin Guerre (Toronto), Anne of Green Gables (Canada), Outrageous (Can Stage Toronto), Anything that Moves (Tarragon Theatre Toronto), Rock & Roll (Canada), Hello Dolly (Citadel Theatre). His most recent role was playing the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (Her Majesty’s Theatre).

He is a regular guest soloist for concerts around the world, including Raymond Gubbay, the RAH, BBC Radio, the RPO, Abbey Road 80th Concert, the Halle Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Belgium and France, the London Philharmonic, London Concert Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, and BBC Concert Orchestra.

Andrew Playfoot

Andrew Playfoot’s THEATRE CAREER began in the mid 90’s in FIVE GUYS NAMED MOE at the Albery theatre. He went on to play the role of Kenickie in GREASE at the Cambridge Theatre. Other West End shows include SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, BOMBAY DREAMS, NOTRE DAME DE PARIS, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED and JERRY SPRINGER THE OPERA. He played the role of Nathan Detroit in GUYS and DOLLS at the Piccadilly theatre when he took over from PATRICK SWAYZE. He was also featured in the concert production of CHESS at The Royal Albert Hall alongside JOSH GROBAN, which was recorded for television.

He can be heard on the ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING of BOMBAY DREAMS and LOVE NEVER DIES and as a BACKING VOCALIST on recordings for CLARE TEAL, ROBBIE WILLIAMS, WILL YOUNG, KYLIE, MEL C, CRAIG DAVID, BRADLEY WALSH, WESTLIFE as well as the ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRAL recordings with ELVIS and ROY ORBISON.  Andrew appeared on BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT with the vocal group BAND OF VOICES and they got through to the LIVE SEMI-FINALS!

Andrew has performed as a SOLOIST with the LSO, BSO, THE HALLE ORCHESTRA, THE JOHN WILSON ORCHESTRA AND THE BBC CONCERT ORCHESTRA amongst others. He is a regular GUEST SINGER with CLARE TEAL and was a featured soloist with her at the PROMS ‘STORY OF SWING’. He was a featured SOLOIST on the KEVIN & KAREN TOUR. He also sings with RONNIE SCOTT’S JAZZ ORCHESTRA as part of a close harmony group the iTONES. He has been a regular BACKING SINGER on the X FACTOR, BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT and also a regular singer on FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT.

He has recorded on many FILM SOUNDTRACKS including the new version of CINDERELLA, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MAMA MIA 2, SHREK 2, BEE MOVIE, TRANSFORMERS, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, MONSTERS VS ALIENS, NINE, TROY, THE CONSTANT GARDENER, ALICE IN WONDERLAND, ANGELS AND DEMONS, THOR, KUNG FU PANDA, NANNY MCPHEE, MADAGASCAR, DARK SHADOWS, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, CATS and featured on the recent film LAST CHRISTMAS.
TELEVISION work includes BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT, EASTENDERS, CASUALTY; TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT; TOP OF THE POPS; POP IDOL; X FACTOR; PARKINSON and two ROYAL VARIETY PERFORMANCES