Mary works with a select handful of musicians to create intimate entertainment along a variety of themes that can be developed to suit concert series, festivals, parties, corporate and private events.
With her long-time collaborator Philip Mayers, Mary has presented their SERIOUS CABARET performances at the Purcell Room, London and at the Aldeburgh and Cheltenham Festivals, as well as at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, The Theatre du Châtelet in Paris, Festival d’Ile de France, Fundación Juan March in Madrid, the Louisiana Museum in Denmark and at The Melbourne Recital Centre. Their programmes look at serious and not-so-serious composers’ flirtations with cabaret, theatre and jazz. With the classic hits of Gershwin, Porter, Weill and Bernstein and art songs by the likes of Barber, Ives, Adès, Bolcolm and Muldowney counterpointed by songs from the Berlin cabarets of the 1920s and 30s.
SERIOUS CABARET suggestions
SOMETHING"S COMING: AMERICAN VOICES
American composer Leonard Bernstein reveled in his musical versatility – he embraced the classical platform, jazz and Broadway. For his centenary year Mary Carewe and Philip Mayers present a recital of songs that celebrate variety within American vocal music including songs by Samuel Barber, Charles Ives, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Stephen Sondheim and of course Bernstein himself. View a programme
With the rise of Nazism and Hitler’s Chancellorship in 1933, many musicians, artists and composers left Germany spreading their influence around the globe. Delve into the world of Berlin cabaret and political theatre between 1900-1933 and beyond. Songs by Eisler, Spoliansky, Hollaender, Weill, Gershwin and Blitzstein.
THE TRUTH ABOUT LOVE
‘Life is a cabaret’, someone said, or sang, and perhaps the reverse would have to be true as well. Love won and lost is the very stuff of life - and of cabaret. This is an evening of pure joy, deep sentiment, dreadful tragedy and bitter cynicism with material by Bolcom, Gershwin, Bowles, Weill, Britten, Poulenc etc...
MAD DOGS AND ENGLISHMEN
Mary and Philip enjoy all that is English with music by composers including Henry Purcell, Noel Coward, Benjamin Britten, William Walton and Thomas Adès.
From The Beatles to James Bond; from green, rolling hills to thrilling, historic London... this is a celebration of the peculiarly British way of life and love.
other cabaret evenings
A celebration of the greatest popular female singers of all time. Icons of the screen : Judy Garland, Doris Day and Barbra Streisand; Jazz greats: Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee and Pop divas: Joni Mitchell, Dusty Springfield and Adele.
Mary is joined by cellist Anna Carewe and pianist Steven Jeffries performing songs including 'My Heart Belongs To Daddy'. 'Love For Sale', 'The Man That Got Away', 'Both Sides Now', 'Anyone Who Had A Heart', 'Someone Like You'...
LA VIE EN ROSE
Paris - a city for all seasons, for lovers, for art, and for music! In this show Mary will take you to a world of street cafés and romantic strolls along the Seine.
Songs by Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, songs written by ‘Americans in Paris’, excerpts from great musicals Can Can, Les Misérables and Gigi alongside beautiful melodies by Erik Satie and Francis Poulenc. 'Je Ne Regrete Rien', 'Yesterday When I Was Young', 'I Love Paris', 'What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life?', 'Hymne A L'Amour'...
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SHAKEN AND STIRRED
Known for her interpretations of the James Bond themes Mary has put together a show that honours those songs and the artists who wrote and sang them. Great vocalists like Shirley Bassey, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner, songwriters including Paul McCartney, John Barry and Burt Bacharach plus great wordsmiths Don Black and Carol Bayer Sager. Songs include 'Nobody Does It Better', 'Diamonds Are Forever', 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', 'Something', 'Skyfall', 'A Groovy Kind Of Love', 'Alfie'...
"I was struck by Carewe’s capacity to live the song rather than merely sing the words together with the even rarer ability of giving the impression that she is singing directly to you."