Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service
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This event was reported in The Times newspaper on 4 June 2004 on p44.
Mr Paul Gane, Miss Louise Gold, Mr Robert Gregg, Mr David Jacobs, Mr Gordon Langford, Mr Robert Meadmore, The Rev Mark Oakley, Mr Geoffrey Palmer, Mr Richard Pasco, Mr Shaun Seymour, Miss Dittany Stirling
1. Before Service:Recordings of Hubert Gregg’s songs - recorded voices of: Jack Buchanan, Mr Leslie Phillips, and Miss Brigitte Bardot
Service Officiated by - The Rev Mark Oakley
a. Hubert Gregg’s works – ready by Mr David Jacobs
b. Hampton Court Maze, and, Three Men In A Boat by Jerome K Jerome – read by Mr Geoffrey Palmer
c. Hamlet’s Advice To The Players by William Shakespeare – read by Mr Richard Pasco
d. A Shakespeare Sonnet – read by Mr Robert Gregg
3. A Medley Of Hubert’s Songs
(including: I’m Gonna Get Lit Up When The Lights Go Up In London, My Mother’s Ambitious For Me, and, My Heart Belongs To London
Introduced by – Mr Paul Gane
Sung by – Miss Louise Gold, and, Mr Robert Meadmore
Accompanied by – Mr Gordon Langford on piano
4. Movement From Bach – played on viola by Miss Dittany Stirling
5. Tribute – from Mr Shaun Seymour
6: After The Service: Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner – sung by the congregation
It is noted that: Mrs Carmel Gregg, Miss Kate Gregg, and Ms Stacey Gale, Mr Ron Garner, and, Mr Roy Oakshott were in attendance, as were many of Hubert Gregg’s colleagues from the BBC.
This was definitely not the first time Miss Louise Gold had sung at a memorial service. Some fourteen years earlier she sang (and indeed puppeteered) at Jim Henson’s Memorial Service. Nor would it be the last, four years later she sang at A Celebration Of The Life And Work Of Dick Vosburgh.
Mr David Jacobs had previously performed in The Royal Variety Performance (1982).
Mr Gordon Langford’s recording credits include The Greatest Musicals Of The 20th Century, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, The Great Musicals – Laughter And Tears, and, The Great Musicals - From Broadway to Hollywood.
The singers Miss Louise Gold and Mr Robert Meadmore had performed together a number of times before including in: The Metropolitan Mikado, a concert of highlights from the Ratepayer’s Iolanthe & Metropolitan Mikado, Julia & Company, The Soap Opera, Side By Side By Sondheim, and the Side By Side By Sondheim 25th Anniversary Gala. They have gone on to appear together in the Side By Side By Sondheim 30th Anniversary Gala, and at Shopping With The Stars 2008.
Mr Robert Meadmore had previously appeared in Kids At Heart, and, Will Aid he has gone on to appear in A Love Letter To Dan, and his recording credits include Simply Musicals, The Great Musicals – Dashing Heroes, Blushing Maidens, and, 100 Hits Musicals.
Miss Louise Gold had previously been part of a small group of singers performing I’m Gonna Get Lit Up When The Lights Go Up In London on BBC radio in Ned Sherrin’s Review Of Revue.
The song Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner used to turn up on Spitting Image from time to time.
Links about Hubert Gregg’s Memorial Service
The Times Online’s section covering the service: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/court_and_social/the_hitch/article440147.ece