Richard Loring, hardly a Rock ’n Roller in the Rolling Stones tradition, but still a legendary sprightly performer, will celebrate 50 years on local and international stages with his show ‘Good Times! Good Music! Good Friends!’ on Sunday December 16 at the recently opened Richards Supper Stage and Bistro in Seapoint.
The Theatre Benevolent Fund will be the recipient of Loring’s celebratory night, priced at R300 per person. All proceeds raised will support artists who through bad luck or ill health have fallen on hard times. Capetonian friend and pianist of many years David Crathorne has flown back from the USA to support this special occasion which includes a complimentary glass of champagne, choice of pastas, salads, baguettes and desserts.
Honing his vocal talents in the church choir from the early age of seven, Eisteddfods and classical ‘Lieder’ training gave Guernsey-born Loring, skills to be recognized at the age of 16 as a ‘Carol Levis Discovery’ – yesteryear’s ‘Idols’ winner. This resulted in his flying to London in 1962 and joining the George Mitchell singers in the Ken Dodd Show in Manchester, thus following his dream to perform on international stages.
From his first major juvenile lead role as Rolf in ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Palace Theatre in London’s West End to his most recognized South African role in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’, Loring has accepted the challenge of re-inventing himself from musical theatre to the recording studios of Abbey Road, to television and sound stages of the movie world to international cabaret floors.
Loring received the “Naledi Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2009 in acknowledgement of his contribution to the entertainment world.
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