This is day 24 in my Dance Inspirations Advent Calendar (II)
In March 2002, Wayne Sleep organised a gala evening for Dame Beryl Grey‘s 75th birthday , known, at least to Wayne, as ‘DBE’ – Dame Beryl’s Evening. (As chance would have it, it’s only two days ago that I was playing for a rehearsal of Giselle taken by Dame Beryl, who at 80 is in fantastic form, flitting around the studio demonstrating steps and giving advice with the sassy sense of fun and lithe grace of someone 60 years younger).
Wayne would of course be doing a special number for the evening, and so there we were again, sitting at his kitchen table throwing around ideas. Whatever we did had to be put together almost overnight as a backing track on CD, so when he said he wanted to do something that would involve There is nothing like a dame, I knew I was going to have to find a chorus of record-ready sailors somewhere in Tooting at the drop of a hat.
Fortunately, Daniel Jones was only a phone call away.