Clare Teal, Sheffield Cathedral

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Clare Teal, Sheffield Cathedral

INCREASINGLY offering itself as a venue for commercial music as well and mainstream worship, the Anglican cathedral demands a big voice to fill a huge space.

Fortunately, what Yorkshire-raised Clare occasionally lacks in power on her vocals she more than makes up for with personality, firing off quips, one-liners and amusing anecdotes like a singing Victoria Wood to support many of her song choices.

Part of the Uni/Cathedral-based Music & Arts Festival, performer, recording artist and Radio 2 show host Clare’s show strayed from her jazziest leanings towards a set of standards, unlikely covers and her own songs, accompanied only by “sickeningly talented” pianist Grant Windsor.

Let There Be Love and Try A Little Tenderness brushed shoulders with excerpts from new ‘songbook’ album Hey Ho, choices by Cole Porter, Snow Patrol and the Lucky Millender gem Who Threw The Whiskey In The Well? All the while Clare remained seated under a trilby in a low-lit, wondrous setting that for the most part suited such intimacy.

That said, this was an evening to remember - and with her loyal fans queuing to buy CDs from the signing pen-armed lady herself after the show, this was surely a rewarding night for Ms Teal too.

David Dunn