Grab a cuppa or if you prefer a cocktail and pull up a seat. Have I got a fabulous foundation to tell you about. And to top that, some fabulous music from the great Mitch Winehouse (father of the late Amy Winehouse) and the sensational Collette Cooper.
Mitch Winehouse and the Amy Winehouse Foundation host a night of music at London's Hippodrome Casino once a month and last night, the 26th of July, I was invited by Mitch to bring a couple friends and boy did we jump at the opportunity after hearing his vocals several times previously at the Camden Record Club where the lovely Collette has performed.
As my guests I brought two girlfriends who had heard Mitch previously at Collette's latest event and were floored by both voices.
The concert was in the Casino's Theatre Room on the first floor and provided the perfect atmosphere for a night of jazz and cocktails with warm colours and an intimately sized room with comfy tables, were drinks and food could be ordered, paying court to the stage.
All the drinks were de-lic-ious! Thanks Natalie for my martini. x
About an hour after the listed start time, Mitch and his band came out to the stage and you instantly knew you were among likeminded friends with the hearty reception they received and rightly so you'll agree after hearing them sing/play. Mitch is quite the showman. Natalie several times compared Mitch to the likes of a modern-day Frank Sinatra and I would have to agree. His voice is like velvet and his demeanour is so effortless with the crowd and he had us laughing, tapping our feet and clapping our hands while he sang, danced on stage and told stories.
One of his special guests for the evening was Collette Cooper and boy what a delightful surprise as she is the one who introduced me to Mitch at her previous event. Her voice gives me goosebumps and that feeling was agreed upon by my friends and even the amazing Don Black and his wife mentioned their amazement with her voice. Stay tuned for news about her upcoming album which comes out late September.
In fact it was the very Don Black who had me a bit tongue tied and excited when Mitch announced that he would be singing a song written specifically for him by the lyricist. And what a fun and entertaining number it was. It shall be on Mitch's upcoming album. Ever since I discovered musical theatre in 1997, I have loved Mr. Black's fabulous lyrics from his frequent collaborations with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Frank Wildhorn. In fact my all-time favourite musical, Aspects of Love, has lyrics written by Don Black so it was a true treat meeting the man and his charming and generous family.
The evening ended much too early but we were delighted to be treated to a duet by Mitch and Collette singing Everytime We Say Goodbye. It was pure charm.
I hope you have a chance to hear Mitch in concert sometime (tickets for his next two shows at the Hippodrome can be purchased online here) and can take a moment to check out the Amy Winehouse Foundation for more information about the exciting new things they are doing. I personally am very excited to hear that they are building a new music room at the Little Haven Hospice for Children which is an issue dear to my own heart.
Thanks again Mitch for an amazing night out with some beautiful music and a great opportunity to learn more about the ways Amy's legacy is being passed on and used to benefit London's children and young people. God bless x x