March 13, 2018
Now that March has arrived and with Easter just a few weeks away, we thought it might be an idea to hold another excellent Sternberg Clarke showcase. Featuring a staggering eight acts throughout the evening, it really was a tremendous occasion for all assembled guests to enjoy. From music to comedy, dance to circus and much, much more, there’s no doubt that this was an exceptional event! Many thanks to Fraser James for his excellent photography.
The Ivy is a venue that we have utilised a number of times before, primarily because of its intimate nature as a performance space; guests really are as close as it is possible to be without finding themselves on stage! Make no mistake about it, if you want to see entertainment up close the a front row seat at this world famous restaurant is the place to be. After sampling a few canapés and a couple of welcome drinks, we felt it was time for the night to begin!
Desmond O’Connor was our compère for the evening and having introduced various acts at festivals including Bestival and The Big Chill, we knew we were in safe hands. Whether cracking a light joke or providing a warm and friendly intro to proceedings, Desmond was on top form throughout the evening!
Echo is a brand new act that are sure to take the events world by storm this year. A string trio comprising of a violin and two cellos, they are an all-female group that sing along as they play. Their rendition of Amy Winehouse’s Back 2 Black could well have been the highlight of the evening but luckily for us, the night was just getting started! They also provided background music as guests took their seats and were utterly wonderful throughout.
Felipe was next up and to say his circus act is phenomenal is an understatement. Astounding guests with his absolutely mindblowing acrobalance act, we have to say this may well have been better in a larger venue (see this event from a year or so ago where he really shows off his skills!) but was still a sight to behold. Exceptional stuff.
It wouldn’t be a Sternberg Clarke showcase without a little magic and at the Ivy, we were in the hands of a master who has even supported Coldplay on tour, performing to thousands! Maddox perplexed the audience with his marvellously inventive tricks and we are still scratching our heads at just how he managed such impressive sleight of hand.
Rat pack songs will never go out of fashion. Whether you’re a bigger fan of Frank, Sammy or Dean, it really doesn’t matter because the Jackpack boys will bring their songs alive regardless. Close your eyes and it was as if these musical legends were in the room with us - a real fab four!
Natalie was an absolute delight as she delivered a couple of songs to fortunate attendees. A superb soprano, she is the perfect act if you’re after a sprinkling of opera or swing at your next dinner party or event. We were fortunate to hear a superb jazz set.
There’s something oh so very exciting about Frobacks; a comedy dance troupe who deliver a high energy, pulsating performance that nobody in the room will forget for a long time, we are hugely excited to manage this group exclusively for all corporate engagements. We highly recommend them for awards shows, where they’ll deliver a phenomenal headlining show!
Bounder & Cad are one of those acts that will charm you from start to finish. Their parodies can be found monthly as part of Live at Zedel, but our invited guests were fortunate to see them live from their comfy Ivy surroundings! They performed a couple of songs as well as engaging the crowd in witty repartee throughout. The keyboard covers were the icing on the cake! And to bring us to a close? A few warm words from our very own Adam Sternberg.
All in all, this was another fantastic Sternberg Clarke showcase at The Ivy and all being well, we’ll be putting on another one towards the end of the year. If you were in attendance or wished that you had been, we hope that you enjoyed this photo blog and if anything has taken your fancy, then please feel free to get in touch using the contact details below.
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By Henry Fosdike