With a packed house of almost 100 guests in Chelsea’s ‘Pheasantry’, composer and actor Rob Eyles and lyricist Bob Gould put on a stunning showcase of their songs last night. On stage were myself, Hayley Pope (violinist) and Sophie Gledhill (cello), alongside Rob himself accompanying the singers. We had a whole array of different performers, most of whom are currently starring in West End shows. Among them we had stars from: Phantom of the Opera, Gypsy, Bend it like Beckham, Les Mis and Miss Saigon and they have all, of course, been part of other big shows in the past.
The atmosphere in the room was very friendly, full of people supporting all of the singers, musicians and of course the composers themselves. Their music was extremely well received and rightly so. It’s the kind of music that captivates you until the very last moment. Some of it hilariously played out, perfectly capturing the bitterness of situations such as always being the understudy or being dumped by your girlfriend on Christmas day. Other pieces far more serious in context, with songs about the loss of a father figure after coming out or realising you’ve been in an unhappy relationship for far too long. These more serious numbers had some audience members in tears, a testament to the brilliant emotional writing and flawless acting on display.
In all, it was such an honour to play alongside these professional singers and actors at the top of their games, singing on their day off for Rob and Bob because they genuinely want to display the pairs amazing collaborative talent. Thank you for having me!
There may well be a bit of video and a few photos to follow so keep a look out on my twitter!
If you want to find out more about the duo you can follow them on twitter @eylesandgould.