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31/05/2007 Kit Chellel

Festival Goes Off With A Bang!

The Tonbridge festival of music and fireworks has been hailed a sparkling success.

Some 4,400 people came to the castle lawn over the weekend to enjoy what organisers say was the best ever line-up. And audiences escaped the muddy misery endured by other festival-goers in the north of the country over the three days. The predicted heavy rain never materialised, apart from a five-minute shower on Sunday night.

Acts like Magic of Abba and Gary Williams and the Rat Pack had revellers dancing in the aisles against the spectacular backdrop of Tonbridge Castle.

There was an appearance by musical students from West Kent College, who performed a selection of pop and disco hits on Friday evening.

Organisers Musical Associates hailed the event as a resounding success. Spokesman Andrew Wyke said: "Last year there were a few things we had to improve on - and we did. "I think this is the best one we have done. The combination of music and fireworks was something else. Hopefully the festival is back on track."

This year was the 8th festival held in Tonbridge and organisers are hoping to return to the castle lawn next summer.

 

01/02/2007 Ted Hall - Ted’s Talk Special (cover story)

I hadn’t been to POTP for some time. This visit was something of a revelation, due to a huge improvement in the food, service with a smile, pleasant staff. This commences to restore my belief in the original meaning of nightclub and the practise of it and as I understand there has been a change of management, it would seem that it is all down.

How good that all this sophisticated enjoyment was conjoined and equally matched with a scintillating show by Gary Williams, complete and in no way prejudicing the intimate cabaret club atmosphere, so that the whole audience was involved and enthralled. And he did just that, by talking directly to individuals in his audience, the young couple (and this was a predominately young audience, this writer excepted of course) assessing Gary for their wedding entertainment, banter back and forth with his agent, and our own part of four, also there by personal invitation in return for Sinatra Music Society invitations to Gary, very happy to hear a couple of plugs for SMS from him. Thank you much Mr Williams, Sir.

 

13/11/2006 Lisa Martland - The Stage

From Big Band to Broadway - An Evening with Gary Williams
Pizza on the Park. 30th October - 4th November 2006

Ten years ago when Gary Williams made his London debut at Pizza at the Park, the singer left quite an impression. While it was early days for his career, there was no mistaking the quality of his voice and the huge passion he had for the very best in popular music.

Flash forward and Williams still exudes that same infectious joy when performing, especially when offering a programme packed with great standards. He is also a natural with an audience, oozing charm and confidence from every pore.

During the last decade Williams has rarely been out of work, singing with Europe’s leading orchestras, recording several CDs and recently starring as Sinatra in the Rat Pack stage show. As a result he displays a versatility on stage, coupled with a genuine ability to make songs his own, however well known the originals.

During delightful arrangements of Nice’n’Easy and What Kind of Fool am I?, for example, it is not just phrasing and technique that stand out but the real warmth of his vocal style. An injection of humour comes with a smattering of alternative lyrics and parodies, the Route 66 meets A56 idea being a particular hit.

During a nicely balance programme, Williams is accompanied by four fine musicians - bassist Joe Pettitt, Luke Annesley on saxophone and clarinet, drummer James O’Carroll and topnotch musical director and pianist Clive Dunstall.

 

29/04/2006 Malcolm Laycock - BBC Radio 2

After Gary’s last superb foray with the John Wilson Orchestra, this new CD has him in the intimate setting of a smooth and gently swinging small group Arranged for him by rising star Andrew Cottee, with just one title arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett. It shows a more intimate side of Gary and he doesn’t put a foot wrong. He swings when needed. He smooches when needed. He caresses when needed. His phrasing is sure, his intonation spot on.

It’s an intelligent reading of a set of ‘standards’ which is never pretentious and always satisfying. Best of all, he sounds like Gary Williams and not like anybody else. At one time Gary would have been a world star. Dream the possible dream…!

 

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