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Tom Mullins

Cate Anderson

Ben Collins

Meg Laird-Drummond & Tom

Ben plays piano lead for Cate

Megan Gardiner

Is it you or me? calls Conall

Conall Ross

Meg and Megan

some of our audience

Tom Mullins Concert  - 23 April 2017

Report and photos - Jim Paterson

L to R - Megan, Ben, Tom, Conall, Cate, and Meg

Joyce Hunters' grandson Tom Mullins arrived at St. Mungo's church on Sunday 23rd April with a group of  his friends to entertain us with a wide range of popular music from our favourite musical. More than 70 people were enthralled with the performances of these young talented singers.

Tom was joined by friends Cate Anderson, Conall Ross, Megan Gardiner, Ben Collins, and Meg Laird-Drummond. I joined Brodie who controlled the sound and music, in the sound gallery.

The first Act opened with Tom and Megan leading the group singing  'Seasons of Love' from the musical 1993 rock musical RENT, loosely based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La Bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village in the thriving days of Bohemian Alphabet City, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.

Tom graduated from The MGA Academy of Performing Arts, having received an HND in Musical Theatre after three years of training. He was Heavily involved in the Edinburgh Fringe, both performance-wise and creatively, including performing in the Edinburgh  production of  'Spring Awakening', a musical that mixes 19th century Germany with rock music. The story follows a group of teenagers as they come of age.  

Megan Gardiner fell in love with musical theatre at the age of 13, and is now a 3rd year Musical theatre student at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh, training for a full-time musical theatre qualification. Before reaching the academy, she honed her craft at the Dunfermline-based Limelight Productions and Carnegie Youth Theatre.

Conall continued with 'Younger than Springtime', from the 1949 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical South Pacific.
Conall has played in a commercial band performing regularly in pubs, High Streets, and on larger stages such as Perth Concert Hall; whilst also completing formal Musical Theatre training. Whether it's Phantom or Les Mis, Buble or Sinatra, Mika or Elvis, he has the vocal range and talent.

Cate then took to the stage to sing 'I Feel Pretty', for the 1957 musical West side story. Cate is a former pupil at Dunfermline High School, starting her stage career aged 11 with a role in Rosyth and District Musical Society’s performance of The King and I at Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline. She is now an HND Musical Theatre student at the MGA Academy of Performing Arts in Edinburgh.

Meg followed with "Journey to the Past", a song from the 1997 20th Century Fox animated feature film, Anastasia.

Ben Collins then took centre stage for 'Out There',
a song from the 1996 Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The song is reprised at the very end, when Quasimodo realises that the world is cruel and wicked. But he also realises that it is joyous and kind as well, and that it is the only world we've got so we must accept it, highs and lows included.

We continued with 'Corner of the Sky' from the 1972 musical Pippin, which ran for 1,944 performances before closing on June 12, 1977. In the London production the song was performed by Paul Jones, and covered by The Jackson 5 in 1972.  A duet was created by Dusty Springfield and Petula Clark, whose vocals were recorded more than 30 years apart.

Cate returned to sing 'Don't Rain on my Parade' from the 1964 musical Funny Girl.
The song was covered by many artists, among the notable ones are Nancy Wilson in 1964, Bobby Darin in 1966, Shirley Bassey in 1965 and by Only Men Aloud! in 2008. The Bobby Darin version was used in the film American Beauty and the trailer for Catch Me If You Can. Diana Ross and The Supremes covered it on their 1968 album "Sing and Perform Funny Girl", and Robin Williams also sang this song while dressed as Barbara Streisand during a scene from Mrs. Doubtfire.

As we headed for the end of the first act Meg introduced us to the first Phantom of the Opera songs 'Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again', which was followed by the group closing with the well known signature overture from Phantom.

After the interlude break the group returned for Act 2, starting with Meg singing  'I'm a Star' written by Scott Alan. This was followed by 'The Streets of Dublin', from the musical The man of no importance, with music by Stephen Flaherty. It tells the story of an amateur theatre group in Dublin and their leader, who is determined to stage a version of Salome at his church, despite the objections of church authorities.

Conall took us back to West side Story with 'Maria', who is the leading female character in the film and theatrical version of West Side Story, the award winning adaptation of William Shakespeare's romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet.

Meg changed the pace with 'As long as he needs me'. from the musical Oliver. Meg will be playing Nancy in this years Fringe presentation by Captivate Theatre at the new Gilded Balloon in Rose Street, at the Rose Theatre.

The Monty Python 2005 musical comedy Spamalot,
adapted from the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, was the source of our next song, 'The Song that Goes Like This', being a highly irreverent parody of the Arthurian Legend.

We returned to
music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber. 'Till I Hear you Sing',  from Love Never Dies. Based on the book is by Lloyd Webber and Ben Elton, it is a sequel to Lloyd Webber's long-running musical The Phantom of the Opera. You can hear the similar musical styles.

We were heading for the end of our evening, which would not be complete without a song or two from the musical Les Miserables.
The London production has run continuously since October 1985 – the longest-running musical in the West End and the second longest-running musical in the world .

The group came together starting with 'A Heart Full of Love', followed by 'One Day More',  'I dreamed a dream' before the shows most famous song ' Bring Him Home'.

A fantastic evening from a group with outstanding musical talent that together provided a well balanced production for our audience. The future is indeed very bright for these young singers and actors. When you see them in the future, as surely you will, you will be able to say 'I saw them first at St. Mungo's in April 2017'.

A total of £350 was donated by the audience, going towards the upkeep of the church.

Tom's first concert to us was at the Scots Night on 23 January. Full Story here
Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838