THE music of Merseyside in the hands (and feet) of Birkenhead Operatic Society Trust (BOST Musicals) was a classic-packed celebration of the area's greatest hits.

Two shows in the famous Concert Room illustrated the vast talent within BOST's ranks with a little help from their friends at The Liverpool Theatre School led by legendary Norah Button.

Each song - traditional and contemporary - had been chosen to reflect a wide range of music with local origins.

Showcases in two acts were performed to two sell-out audiences featuring the works of: The Beatles (collectively and solo), Cilla Black, Gerry and His Pacemakers, Ken Dodd and his Diddymen; Billy Fury; Atomic Kitten.

And there were performances of other genres - notably sea shanties and the timeless In My Liverpool Home.

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Members of the BOST cast

There was something for all tastes: a Real Thing medley; a sparkling dance movement by the seven-piece Feather Girls on Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Relax; a fun take on Jimmy Osmond's Long-Haired Lover from Liverpool and a strong vocal version of Valerie by The Zutons.

If ever there was proof needed about the sheer diversity of music from Merseyside, this three-hour show certainly wrapped it all up with its ambitious programme including a theatrical section featuring excerpts from Willy's Russell's Educating Rita and Blood Brothers.

Chirpy host Claire Sweeney narrated throughout and top marks also go to director Gareth Casey, musical director Tricia Gaskell and the choreography of Collete Clare.

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Members of the BOST cast

With so many people involved it would be unfair to put the spotlght on any one performer. This was a polished ensemble concert highlighting the vast talents and teamwork of BOST members in the most delightful range of costumes.

The wide-aged group audience left the Hall and its majestic chandelier to the anthemic sounds of The Beatles' Hey Jude.

The BOST Musical troupe is now looking forward to their Empire Christmas biggie - Shrek from December 1 -3 which, on the strength of recent productions, is bound to be as sound as a pound.

Globe verdict: Four stars

Sound as a pound! BOST

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