Previous Productions

SOME PREVIOUS STRICTLY SONGTIME PRODUCTIONS –

A Man or a Muppet? – Oscar Songs Through The Decades (2012)

You must remember this – songs from Warner Brothers movies (2011)

John Barrowman Has Left The Building (2010)

Scotch Broth (2009)

American Songbook III (2009)

American Songbook – the War Years (2009)

The Great American Songbook; Chapter Two (2008)

The Great American Songbook (2007)

An Evening of Scottish Variety from Dunfermline Opera House (2007)

Not in front of the waiter – Another night at the Operetta (2006)

Showtune – Celebrating the music of Jerry Herman (2006)

Music Theatre through the decades; RNLI fundraiser (2006)

West Fife Rotary Charity Fundraiser (2005)

Kurt Weill – The Broadway Years (2005)

Jerome Kern – The Song is You (2005)

A Night at the Operetta (2004)

Mario Lanza – Hollywood’s Caruso (2004)

West End Showstoppers (2004)

S’Wonderful – the Gershwin Songbook (2004)

Songs of the Season (2003)

Opera & Operetta at the Palace (2003)

Can’t help lovin’ that man – Jerome Kern (2003)

Trans-Atlantic Duos (2003)

Tartan, Stars & Stripes (2003)

Broadway Melodies (2002)

Jerome Kern – from Broadway to Basin Street (2002)

Richard Rodgers – The Sound of His Music (2002)

Rags (2002)

Just this side of midnight (2001)

Gershwin & Porter – from Broadway to Basin Street (2001)

A Grand Night for Singing (2001)

Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered – the songs of Rodgers & Hart (2000)

70, Sondheim, 70 (2000)

American Trilogy – Kern, Gershwin & Porter (2000)

Broadway at the Brassiere (2000)

Crazy for Gershwin (1999)

Mad About the Boy (1999)

Happy Birthday, Mr Gershwin (1998)

Strictly Sondheim (…and a little Bernstein) (1992)

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FURTHER DETAILS OF THE ABOVE TITLES –

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A MAN OR A MUPPET? – Oscar songs through the decades

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012

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A Man or a Muppet? The Oscar-winning song for 2012. Are the other compositions which make up the eight decades of Academy Award winners also masterpieces of the songwriters’ art? Are these winning choices that of man or Muppet? Come listen to Strictly Songtime’s selection from these multifarious melodies and hear for yourself as our group delves into the eclectic treasure trove of 78 years of hits that have won the Academy’s coveted gold statuette since its beginnings in 1934.

Anne Diack; Aileen Scott Johnson; Greig W.W. Hill; Keith Kilgore; Andrew Thomson; Hannah Hollands; Ana Rose McDade

 

 

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS – songs from Warner Brothers Movies Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011

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We’ve all seen Warner Brothers movies in our time, and many of their classic films have soundtracks featuring songs that have become popular hits in their own right. ‘As time goes by’, ‘A kiss from a rose’, ‘The man that got away’, ‘Evergreen’ (A Star is Born), ‘How do you keep the music playing’, ‘Everything I do’, ‘I Have Nothing’ (The Bodyguard), ‘The Summer Knows’ and ‘The Prayer’ are just a few. Perhaps the odd Looney Tune and Merrie Melodie too as Strictly Songtime revisit hit songs from Warner Brothers films. Ah-tha-ah-tha-ah-that’s al folks!

 Anne Diack, Greig W.W. Hill,  Ailleen Scott-Johnson,  Graeme Sharpe, Andrew Thomson

 

 

JOHN BARROWMAN HAS LEFT THE BUILDING
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2010

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John Barrowman has left the building … a musicals compilation show without jazz hands Johnnie B, the desperate housewives’ choice? Surely not! – Oh, but yes! Strictly Songtime perform their collection of showtunes without the ubiquitous Captain Camp! Staying under the rainbow as they celebrate the world of music theatre from the early days of Gershwin and Kern to present-day composers such as Sondheim and Schwartz. Come on along and listen to Broadway melodies and West End showstoppers; old favourites and lesser-known songs penned by Rogers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Lowe, Kander and Ebb, Maury Yeston, Lloyd-Webber et al.

Anne Diack
Greig W.W. Hill
Al Moore / Matthew Brown

 

 

SCOTCH BROTH
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2009 Scotch Broth

 

 Anne Diack
Greig W.W.Hill
Al Moore  piano
Douglas Lawrence  fiddle

Strictly Songtime serve up a hearty, warming mix of their favourite auld Scots sangs! Regular duo Anne Diack and Greig W.W. Hill with Al Moore on piano return to their musical roots, and are joined by multi-award-winning fiddler Dougie Lawrence to celebrate this year of Homecoming. Feet-tappin’, lug-dirlin’, thrapple-lumpin’, greet-makin’, hairtstring-tuggin’, cockle-warmin’ auld Scots sangs – the veritable jinkies!

 

 

 

THE GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK
Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2007

 

Anne Diack
Greig W.W.Hill
Al Moore

Memorable melodies, vivid lyrics and sophisticated rhymes –
the appeal of these timeless popular classics continues to endure.
Strictly Songtime’s selection of Berlin, Kern, Gershwin, Porter,
Rodgers and Arlen’s compositions exemplify popular song writing at its best.

 

AN EVENING OF SCOTTISH VARIETY FROM DUNFERMLINE OPERA HOUSE
Mertz Auditorium, Asolo Theatre, Sarasota, Florida

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Greig W.W. Hill; Anne Diack with Douglas & Lorraine Renfroe;

The Riverview Sophomore Girls Choir and Chamber Choir;

conductor Betty Mullett; accompanist Sheri Munger

The Mertz Auditorium of the Asolo Theatre is modelled on, and incorporates a great many original features salvaged from the Dunfermline Opera House when it was demolished in 1981.
In a programme of songs that were sung by an array of stars through the years during the auditorium’s first incarnation between its opening in 1903 and subsequent closure in 1955, including a wide range of styles from opera and operetta, to music hall, music theatre and Scots songs, Strictly Songtime brought together performers through music that spans the years as well as the miles, and perhaps awakened a few musical ghosts!

 

 

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SHOWTUNE; CELEBRATING THE WORDS AND MUSIC OF JERRY HERMAN
devised by Paul Gilger Scottish Premiere Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006

Anne Diack
Aileen Scott Johnson
Geraldine McDade
Greig W.W.Hill
Iain Rowbotham
Ian McInnes
Matthew Brown

Weaving together songs from eight of his musicals to bring a fresh perspective to these classic musical standards, SHOWTUNE is a delicious smorgasbord of vintage Jerry Herman show-stoppers taking you through a life cycle of emotions.
Life-affirming songs with humanity, belief in love and unquenchable optimism enveloped in genuine warmth which transcends reality – a good old-fashioned dollop of schmaltz, Uplifting and fun, incorporating hit song after hit song, SHOWTUNE celebrates Herman’s words and music from such memorable shows as Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Mack and Mabel, and La Cage Aux Folles. Master of the songs-you-can-hum school, Herman’s numbers are a beguiling reminder that we need straightforward, easily singable melodies now more than ever. A revue for young and old alike, with its catchy melodies, toe-tapping music and its witty, knowing lyrics.

“..six highly competent performers led us through a selection of his songs with considerable panache, and were ably supported on piano, clarinet and cello. For musical fans this is no doubt a toe-tapping treat.” Three Weeks 17.08.06

NOT IN FRONT OF THE WAITER! – ANOTHER NIGHT AT THE OPERETTA

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2006

Anne Diack Soprano
Helen Brown Mezzo
Greig W.W.Hill Baritone
Neil Mudie Bass
David McBain Baritone
Alistair Moore piano
Margaret Moffat piano

Offenbach’s operetta-bouffe, alternatively titled ‘UNDER THE ASPIDISTRA’, where food, drink, infidelity, long-lost relatives, birthmarks and an aspidistra are the constituents of an old-fashioned musical farce, alongside a further selection of highlights from the magical world of operetta as they once again revisit the romantic charm and sparkling exuberance of the golden age of light opera.

Strictly Songtime’s production is a most enjoyable experience. [One4review]

The singing was perfect, and the harmonies created were
definitely music to my ears. [Three Weeks]

MUSIC THEATRE THROUGH THE DECADES – RNLI FUNDRAISER (2006)
Anne Diack Soprano
Greig W.W.Hill Baritone
David Higham Piano

WEST FIFE ROTARY CHARITIES FUNDRAISING CONCERT (2005)

Anne Diack Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

An integral part of the Rotary Club of West Fife’s activities is to serve the local community, so this concert, produced and performed by Strictly Songtime on behalf of the club, in and for the local community, with profits being donated to local charities does just that.

The programme is a pot-pourri of songs from a variety of genres, from popular songs to opera, music theatre to Scots to appeal to a wide range of musical tastes, allowing the audience to be entertained whilst donating to their community.

JEROME KERN – THE SONG IS YOU Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005

Anne Diack Soprano

Elaine Clark Mezzo

Graham Addison Tenor

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

George Hetherington Piano and Vocal Arrangements

A Celebration of the life and work of one of the great composers of the twentieth century in his 160th anniversary year. Best remembered for his Broadway musical ‘Showboat’, Kern won the first of his Academy Awards for the film musical ‘Swing Time’, featuring Astaire and Rogers, and ‘The Way you Look Tonight’ subsequently won him a coveted Oscar.

KURT WEILL – THE BROADWAY YEARS Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2005

Anne Diack Soprano

Maureen Cochrane Alto

Ian MacInnes Tenor

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Corey Hastings

Alan Cochrane

Andrew Thomson Piano

Classically-trained Weill fled 1930’s nazi Germany and found Broadway musicals offered him more than opera. Challenging subject matters and orchestrating his own compositions made him the new original voice of American music theatre. Regarded by peers as the finest craftsman in the business, songs such as ‘September Song’ and ‘Mack the Knife’ became standards of The American Songbook.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERETTA  Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2004

Helen Brown Mezzo Soprano

Anne Diack Soprano

Greig W.W.Hill Baritone

Neil Mudie Bass

Robin Ozog Tenor

Andrew Thomson Piano

Strictly Songtime’s vocal quintet revisit the romantic charm and sparkling exuberance of the golden age of light opera in the works of Romberg, Offenbach, Lehar, Kern, Sullivan and Strauss. A world where enchanting maidens scheme; servants are audacious and gentlemen vacuously gallant; plots improbable and melodies infectious.

MARIO LANZA – HOLLYWOOD’S CARUSO  Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2004

Anne Diack Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

Saluting the ‘Lanza phenomenon’ in songs on which he set his expansive mark, celebrating the short, turbulent career of the original “cross-over” singer – enthralling, inspiring, publicly acclaimed yet derided by the musical fraternity.

WEST END SHOWSTOPPERS  Glasgow’s West End Festival 2004

Anne Diack Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

Strictly Songtime’s choice of modern classics and contemporary songs made famous in London’s West End and on Broadway in the latter years of the twentieth century.

SONGS OF THE SEASONS  Falkland Palace 2003

Anne Diack Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Alan Gibson Piano

A musical journey from the blossoming of new life in spring, through the long lazy days and hot summer nights, into the mists of mellow fruitfulness and the magical sparkle of a winter wonderland.

TRANS-ATLANTIC DUOS  Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2003

Anne Diack Soprano

Lorraine Renfroe Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Douglas Renfroe Bass-baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

A varied programme of familiar light classical, operetta, music theatre and traditional song from Europe and America.

TARTAN, STARS AND STRIPES  Carnegie Hall 2003

Anne Diack Soprano

Lorraine Renfroe Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Douglas Renfroe Bass-baritone

Simon Hansen Piano

A variety show of traditional Scots and American standards and music theatre songs performed by Strictly Songtime and their American counterparts, with guests the Dunfermline Strathspey and Reel Society to celebrate the Dunfermline/Sarasota Sister City link and mark the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust’s Centenary.

JEROME KERN FROM BROADWAY TO BASIN STREET Edinburgh Festival Fringe ‘02

Anne Diack Soprano

Edith Budge Contralto

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

(Including arrangements courtesy of David Kernan)

Exploring how the canon of Kern tunes originally written for stage musicals was reinterpreted by jazz musicians of the day, contrasting original music theatre performances alongside jazz interpretations of works from one composer.

RICHARD RODGERS – THE SOUND OF HIS MUSIC Haddington Festival 2002

Anne Diack Soprano

Geraldine McDade Mezzo

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

RICHARD RODGERS – THE SOUND OF HIS MUSIC Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2002

Anne Diack Soprano

Diana Randolph-Saunderson Mezzo

Craig Smith Baritone

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

Marking the Centenary of one of the twentieth century’s greatest melody writers, Strictly Songtime perform some of their favourites from the vast catalogue of well over a thousand compositions, covering over thirty-seven years of prolific output, in his two legendary partnerships with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein that assured Richard Rodgers a unique place in music theatre history.

Edinburgh & Central Scotland Premier 2002

RAGS

The New American Musical

“..a terrific collection of songs that combine the Yiddish Klezmer tradition with jazz, blues and ragtime influences plus a big wallop of enjoyable Broadway schmaltz.”

Immigrant 1 – Chris Crosbie; Immigrant 2 – Claire Robertson; David Hershkowitz – Dean Moffat; Rebecca Hershkowitz – Anne Diack; Bella Cohen – Diana Saunderson; Avram Cohen – Alan Cochrane; Ben – Gary Douglas; Saul – Craig Smith; Rosa – Karen Moss; Mr Bronstein – Hamish Duncan; Rachel – Maureen Cochrane; Hamlet – George Hutchison; Ophelia – Susan Stockdale; Nathan Hershkowitz/Guard – Greig W. W. Hill; Irish tenor/Big Jim Sullivan/Guard – Alex Kemp; Klezmer singer/Kaddish singer/ Recruiter – Ian MacInnes; Kaddish singer – David Hewitson; Peddler woman/Sarah – Pam Duncan; Ruth – Judith Dunn

Andrew Thomson – piano; Samantha Smith – keyboards; Ken Thomson, Bill Blackwood – Reeds; Susan Matasovska – violin

Rags tells the story of Rebecca and her son David as they flee from the violent pogroms inflicted upon them by the Cossacks, forcing them out of their homes and country. The show begins on an immigrant ship as it arrives in New York, Rebecca and David are almost sent back when it becomes apparent that her husband, Nathan, who journeyed to America six years ahead of them, is not there to meet them. The story then follows Rebecca and David as they search for him, and how they and their friends in the immigrant community try to make a new life for themselves in the Land of the Free

 

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JUST THIS SIDE OF MIDNIGHT Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2001

Lurking in the late-night shadows of ‘the fringe’; an eclectic musical showcase, with a different programme every night featuring Anne Diack; Greig W.W.Hill; Andrew Thomson; Diana Randolph-Saunderson; Craig Smith; Norma Kinnear; Kenny Kinnear; Edith Budge; Maureen Cochrane; Alan Cochrane; Graham MacKay-Bruce; and Todd Gordon

GERSHWIN & PORTER FROM BROADWAY TO BASIN STREET E.F.F. 2001

Anne Diack Soprano

Edith Budge Contralto

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

Ken Thomson Reeds

Many songs written by George and Ira Gershwin and Cole Porter for stage musicals such as ‘Lady Be Good’, ‘Girl Crazy’, ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘Kiss me, Kate’ have become classics of popular culture as well as jazz standards. This programme contrasts the original music theatre performances alongside jazz interpretations of works from these composers.

A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING  Edinburgh Festival Fringe Premiere 2001

Anne Diack Soprano

Diana Randolph-Saunderson Mezzo

Norma Kinnear Alto

Craig Smith Baritone

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

Ken Thomson Reeds

Rebecca Hewitson Cello

Tommy Foster Percussion

The Edinburgh premiere of the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue. Numbers from Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and many more create this sparkling collection of timeless classics and rarities from Broadway’s legendary songwriting duo, redefined in innovative new arrangements. Take “an emotional journey through the various stages of love” in an enchanted evening of music and song.

BEWITCHED, BOTHERED & BEWILDERED – SONGS OF RODGERS & HART 2000

Anne Diack Soprano

Edith Budge Contralto

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

In the years before his famous partnership with Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rogers enjoyed a lengthy and prolifically successful collaboration with Lorenz Hart. Their evocative songs from musicals of the twenties and thirties are now regarded amongst the standards of popular music. In the company of Edinburgh’s first lady of jazz, Edith Budge, Anne, Andrew, and Greig salute Rodgers and Hart; With a song in their Hearts

Exploring how the canon of Rodgers & Hart songs originally written for stage musicals was reinterpreted by jazz musicians of the day, contrasting original music theatre performances alongside jazz interpretations of works from the same songwriting duo.

70, SONDHEIM, 70 Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2000

Anne Diack Soprano

Norma Kinnear Alto

Susan Stockdale Mezzo Soprano

Alex Anderson-Hall Tenor

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

From lyricist to Leonard Bernstein and composer admired by a few aficionados, Stephen Sondheim has risen above his detractors to establish himself as the most innovative and respected creative force in music theatre today.

Strictly Songtime’s birthday tribute to the man who redefined music theatre.

AMERICAN TRILOGY; KERN GERSHWIN & PORTER Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2000

Anne Diack Soprano

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

It may now be the music of the last millennium, but the works of the three giants of Broadway in its golden age continue to endure through the years.

An invitation to spend an hour or so in the company of the songs that established America as the home of the musical. Composed “Long ago and far away”, they remain with us “From this moment on”, “For you, for me forevermore”

A sparkling cocktail of memorable melodies concocted by the master music makers of Broadway; shaken, stirred and spiced by Strictly Songtime for your delectation.

BROADWAY AT THE BRASSERIE Glasgow’s West End Festival 2000

Anne Diack Soprano

Elaine Young Contralto

Maureen Cochrane Contralto

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

After enjoying a sumptuous supper in the splendid surroundings of the Brasserie Metro, Strictly Songtime offer a digestif. An eclectic mix of some of their favourite songs from the home of music theatre, featuring the music of Kern, Rogers, Porter, Weill, Sondheim and others whose tunes became Broadway standards.

MAD ABOUT THE BOY Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1999

Anne Diack Soprano

Maureen Cochrane Contralto

Rick Light Baritone

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

In the year of his Centenary, a celebration of the life of Sir Noel Coward in song.

Tracing his life from youthful struggling actor and playwright to elderly aristocrat of the theatre and showbusiness legend, through his musical compositions.

From the witty, urbane and biting satire of “Mad Dogs” and “Mrs.Worthington” to the lyrical romanticism of “If love were all” and “I’ll see you again”, in the sentimentally lavish melodies of “Bitter Sweet”. Rediscover the talent to amuse which made him the Playboy of the West End World.

CRAZY FOR GERSHWIN Edinburgh Festival Fringe 1999

Anne Diack Soprano

Elaine Young Contralto

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Andrew Thomson Piano

Alan Irby Narrator

In less than two decades, George Gershwin changed the face of American music; his innovative compositions transcended the perceived boundaries of musical genres. This programme revisits many of his timeless masterpieces such as ‘Swanee’, ‘I got rhythm’ and ‘Summertime’, celebrating the universal appeal of the greatest popular composer of the 20th century

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Mr GERSHWIN Carnegie Hall 1998

Anne Diack Soprano

Elaine Young Contralto

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

David Hewitson Baritone

Donald Budge Narrator

Stephen Miller (accompanist)Piano

Andrew Thomson (Solo)Piano

A celebration of the life and work of the man whose compositions, in his short life, changed the face of popular music in America and beyond through his collaborations with his lyricist brother Ira, and numerous other wordsmiths of his age, as well as his instrumental masterpieces.

STRICTLY SONDHEIM (AND A LITTLE BERNSTEIN)

BBC Studio 1, 5 Queen Street,Edinburgh 1993/4 (Now Jules Holland’s Jam House)

A programme in the directorial hands of Mr Fraser Grant which sets out not only to entertain, but to dispel the popular thespian myth that Stephen Sondheim’s lyrics are too caustic and his melodies unhummable, via selections from Sweeney Todd; Company; Follies; A Little Night Music; Merrily We Roll Along; Assasins and Into the Woods.

“Art isn’t easy, even when you’re hot, advancing art is easy – financing is not”

Anne Diack Soprano/Producer

Susan Dumbreck Soprano

Maureen Cochrane Contalto

Gidon Saks Bass-Baritone

Mark Beveridge Tenor

Graham MacKay-Bruce Tenor

Greig W.W. Hill Baritone

Moray Nairne Piano

Tim Tricker Piano

Janet Kirkwood Mezzo

Craig Kirby M.C./Baritone

Fraser Grant Director

 

GUEST APPEARANCES INCLUDE –

Brain Tumour Action Fundraiser

Scoonie Music Gala Evening

Dunfermline Strathspey & Reel Annual Concert

Capital Opera of Moorings Presbyterian, Naples, Florida

Sarasota Bay Club, Florida

Sarasota’s US Tartan Day Concert

Edinburgh Stage and Screen Orchestra

Tempo Musical Productions

PREVIOUS PRIVATE ENGAGEMENTS INCLUDE –

Gleneagles Hotel Hogmanay; Grouse & Claret Restaurant; Brassiere Metro; Jenners; Versace; various Burns Suppers; various Rotary Clubs; BEA Systems; Romantic Times magazine, New York / New Museum of Scotland; Prompt Events; Graduation(s); Wedding Anniversaries; WRI (Fife 80th anniversary); Charles Rennie MacKintosh Society; the National Trust for Scotland and the Council for Music in Hospitals Charities.