Royal Albert Hall, London
There’s no denying that we all love a bit of magic in our lives and the Royal Albert Hall’s latest Disney offering provided the perfect sprinkle of fairy dust on a grey Saturday afternoon. Helmed by the BBC Concert Orchestra, led by Keith Lockhart, alongside West End stars, Ava Brennan, Shaun Escoffery, Willemijn Verkaik and Anton Zetterholm, the audience was treated to an outstandingly well performed showcase of some of the most well-loved Disney songs with some hidden gems added in.
With songs from musicals such as Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid and Newsies, to name just a few, there was certainly something for everyone. The four performers brought versatility and vocal prowess to each song with standouts including ‘A Change in Me’, ‘Shadowland’, ‘Elaborate Lives’ and ‘Let it Go’.
With years of Disney content to use, the team has done a wonderful job of creating a programme which provides some surprises as well a the songs we’d expect. Music from King David we welcomed with open arms and gave us a glimpse of what Disney delights could be bought out of the vaults for future revivals. We also got a glimpse into the upcoming West End productions of Mary Poppins and Frozen which are sure to delight audiences when they open.
Thanks to outstanding lighting design and the elaborate setting of the Royal Albert Hall, this concert provided a dose of brilliance that captivated the audience from start to finish. You couldn’t ask for a sweeter theatrical event and I can only hope we get more Disney magic in the future.