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The Magic of Christmas Musicals

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Add some theatrical sparkle to your Christmas this year, at ‘The Magic of Christmas Musicals’. We are excited to be back on stage later this year, with a new and exciting production! Being performed in St George’s Hall’s magnificent Concert Room, this special concert will ...

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We’re back together!

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After 18 months of online Zoom rehearsals, we finally got back together in our HQ this week! We have embraced a different way of learning and performing over the past year which has been challenging, yet has allowed us to innovate our ways of working. ...

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New member auditions

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If you’ve ever fancied joining our award-winning musical theatre society, then now is your chance! We are holding open auditions for new members on Sunday 18th July at 2pm. Auditionees will need to perform one song (preferably from a musical) to the panel. An accompanist ...

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1944 – 2011: A tribute to Malcolm McEwan

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A tribute to Malcolm McEwan, our Vice Chairman between 2002 and 2011, who sadly passed away recently:

A few words about Mal and BOST – not Mal and several other Societies, just Mal and BOST – because with Mal there was only BOST, he was the most loyal member; quite happy to play a role, or be the tall one in the back row of the chorus.

As Vice Chairman, Chairman of the Audition Committee, Chairman of the Marketing Committee, Mal was an integral member of the small bunch of people who, year after year, show after show, week in week out, are always there, when the stars have shone and gone – selling tickets, making costumes, props, tea, etc, attending meeting after meeting to ensure the smooth running of the Society. Mal was the friendliest face of BOST – first with the handshake and usually, “Hiya mate, lovely to see you, how are you doing?”. He thought we were all brilliant, even when we were not! Now and then he was brilliant himself – remember his King Pellinore in Camelot?

Naturally we feel sad, but we should also feel glad and privileged to have known Mal, and we’ll carry on, despite the massive hole he’s left in our lives – he’d expect nothing less.

It’s true that no-one is indispensable, but, some people, like Mal, are simply irreplaceable. Well played Mal, you were brilliant!

Written by John Bowen.

 

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