The Opera Dudes had one hell of a night at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham this Saturday, taking part in The Concert for Courage, helping to raise funds for the Army Benevolent Fund - 'the soldiers’ charity'. First on stage were the real starts of the show – real–life heroes Derek Derenalagi and Major Bernie Broad. Following that and to maintain the military and heroic theme, the Opera Dudes stormed onto the stage to the tune of the Can Can! After that it had to be “ You make me feel so young”, backed by the Nottinghamshire Band of the Royal Engineers lead by Simon Kerwin and boy were they sounding great.
The audience were in great form and we knew that they were up for some fun, its a great feeling when you know you have got the audience on your side!
We then decided to get the audience in a romantic mood so Neil could serenade them with his rendition of Granada. After that we were joined by the Carlton Male Voice Choir for the very rousing and flirtatious Neapolitan song ‘Comme Facette Mammeta’ - and we were delighted to see that the gents of the choir have still got a twinkle in their eyes!
We started the second half set with our ridiculous German sketch - we weren’t sure how this would go down but we needn’t have worried as we had the audience in more stitches than Neil’s lederhosen – well, they are made of PVC!!
Just as the audience started to calm down, Neil was off again – this time into the audience with his Elvis and Walls Ice Cream-inspired version of O Sole Mio.
Every good night has to come to an end and this was no exception – we did, however, decide to go out with a bang and a couple of union jack waistcoats!! Rule Britannia brought the house down and we followed that with a very energetic version of Funiculi Funicula, complete with audience participation, pidgin Neapolitan and several hundred head gestures – you had to be there!!