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The Sons of Pitches
It’s Tuesday night and the winners of BBC2’s Naked Choir; six piece acapella vocal group The Sons of Pitches, take to the stage of the Cambridge Junction bringing their highly entertaining “SOPTV Show”, in what is their biggest ever UK tour.
So what is “SOPTV”? Answer; a musical venture into just about every genre of TV programme that has ever been produced, using nothing but the human voice and truthfully there are times when you question, is it even feasible to make that sound?
Kicking off with a medley of classic TV themes; Top Gear, Dr Who, Big Brother, the Channel 4 news and every soap known to man, to a stage chasing rendition of The Benny Hill theme; the show is a channel hopping mixture of music, comedy and a lot of audience participation, interspersed with the odd (slightly changed for copyright reasons) game show and a few comedic impersonations.
Audience participation is very much a part of the show and it began with the quiz show “COUNTUP”. A willing audience member chooses their favourite SOP (in this case Josh) to do word battle with, in a parody of popular daytime show COUNTDOWN. The longest word is then improvised into a song, in a style suggested by the audience. Whilst those on stage did well, it was the audience who provided the real entertainment by demanding to break the rules with a two word answer of “Naked Ox”, followed by the show stopping and first 9 letter word of the tour “Safelight”, which the SOPs delivered in an effortless country and western/dance style. The highlight of the evening for me was the sending up of The Great British Bake Off with Midé cooking up a cleverly devised beatbox edition that was pure genius.
This is a very talented group, both harmonically & technically, but it is easy to overlook this when it is buried amongst all the hilarity, until suddenly you are confronted with a haunting Game of Thrones interpretation, Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain and covers of various chart hits. Sons of Pitches are a clever combination of fun, frolic and vocal talent that span the generational age gap, with an audience ranging from 8 to 80. Their new CD Don’t Fret is out now, well worth catching on tour if you fancy something a little different.
Opening the evening’s proceedings and getting the crowd going with a show stomping performance, were Cambridge, St Neots & Huntingdon Rock Choir who, under the direction of Choir Leader Carrie Rawlings, performed a medley of numbers including; Little Respect (Erasure), Halo (Beyoncé) before rocking out to a brilliant finale of Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen). The tightly polished performance and 6 part harmonies on stage were well received by the crowd, who clapped and danced along. This upbeat choir perform regularly throughout Cambridgeshire and are made up of people of all ages, from all walks of life, some of whom are experiencing their first time of being on stage; it’s never too late to be a rock star! Rock Choir is the pioneering contemporary choir of the UK with over 20,000, members enjoying it across the UK.
[box type=”info” align=”” class=”” width=””]And if you missed the Cambridge gig you can catch up with The Sons of Pitched again in our region when they play The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 5th July. Click here for full list of tour dates.[/box]
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