After playing the Capriccio but before playing the Czardas
, Brookes leans back from the piano and tells his audience that he is performing a selection from his own new opera that consists of "only the movement" of an actress's "dress," a piece absurdly lacking in both strength and talent (95).
After this, the 57-year-old is joined by two acoustic guitars, snare drum and a double bass to perform his own arrangements of some of his favourite music from Waller and Brubeck to Monti''s Czardas
From the sensitive and elegiac Czech RocKing Carol with flugelhorn soloist Lucy Cutt, through Monti's Czardas
with euphonium soloist David Thornton, to the circus march The Waltonian, they were fabulous.
Similarly to melodies, folk dance forms, such as the landler, matenik or czardas
, migrated too.
It features blistering Czardas
, a Hugarian dance for couples that starts slow and speeds up.
There was a serious side to the evening, too, with violinist Ruth Palmer playing Messenet's Meditation from Thais and Monti's Czardas
He also was an incredible dancer and could effortlessly cross a floor in a waltz, czardas
"I asked her in the second act of 'Die Fledermaus' to dance part of the czardas
. She said, 'Are you crazy?
Elaine, studying popular music and recording at Salford University, will be performing the Toy Soldier's March by Fritz Kreisler, Czardas
by Vittorio Monti and her classical version of Michael Jackson's Smooth Criminal.
Philip, who has recorded with Mantovani and performed with Max Jaffa at Scarborough, will feature such favourites as Chanson de Martin, South Pacific, Monte's Czardas
and Massenet's Meditation.
In the meantime, the pupil of Heart of England School in Balsall Common is perfecting her czardas
, a character dance she will be performing in the production.