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QT Presents Stringfever – Middle Eight Hotel, London

Reviewer: Christine Stanton

The gorgeous setting of the QT bar at the Middle Eight hotel is normally home to jazz bands, RnB nights and sultry singers in this speakeasy style venue. For one night only, they host Stringfever – a fantastically modern and entertaining electric string quartet.

The family group made up of three brothers and a cousin (Neal, Ralph, Graham and Giles Broadbent) are musical maestros, taking the audience through an eclectic journey of music with a number of classical songs and well-known melodies. The charismatic performers are full of energy and enthusiasm, impressing with their outstanding instrumental talents. While string quartets can often be viewed as old-fashioned, Stringfever are far from it, shining a new light onto a traditional genre.

Their arrangement begins with a game for the audience – a challenge to identify as many Disney songs as possible in their musical mash-up. Each piece is played so beautifully it is hard to believe that it is actually a rendition of Heigh-Ho from Snow White or Circle of Life from The Lion King (comically heightened with vocals from the humorous Graham Broadbent). As well as classical takes on popular bands such as Led Zeppelin, they also pay homage to orchestral greats such as Tchaikovsky and Beethoven with breathtakingly brilliant results. Finishing the show with their signature ’40 songs in 5 minutes’ medley they take the audience through the history of music. From Greensleeves to Billie-Jean the audience are in awe at this talented troupe. Not your average musicians, they create a spectacle of a show, with comedy, talent and stage presence in abundance.

QT is a wonderful location for an evening out, tucked away downstairs inside an upmarket hotel. The bar is well hidden, keeping the atmospheric surroundings perfect for a quiet drink alongside their regularly scheduled events and performances. With an extensive drinks menu and accompanying bar food, audiences are spoilt for choice.

Sashaying into this speakeasy style set-up transports you from the hustle and bustle of busy Covent Garden and into a plush, relaxing, inviting space. The intimacy adds to the ambiance, with the stage in touching distance from the comfortable, low-lit seating arrangements. A great venue, with impeccable staff and a fabulous performance space, in which Stringfever  plays perfectly.

Reviewed on 31 August 2022

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Eclectic and Atmospheric

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