David Benson - actor, writer, singer, director

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Fred Astaire Conference, Oxford June 2008 Sign In or Register to add photos

I was delighted to be asked to attend and perform at this conference organised by my good friend Kathleen Riley with Chris Bamberger. Astaire's daughter Ava was the honoured guest with her husband Richard McKenzie. Many brainy academics came and gave papers on Astaire's legacy and on the final day I performed on a bill that included West End star Janie Dee, virtuoso pianist Jack Gibbons and US duo Ben and Brad. My accompanist was my friend and collaborator Alex Silverman. I did bits from Star Struck and then Alex and I performed a long medley of neglected Astaire classics. It was an amazing thing for me to be singing and dancing for Fred Astaire's daughter! Photos by Alessandra Garofalo unless otherwise indicated For more on the conference see link on Links page
with Ava Astaire McKenzie
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asking Ava a question form the stage
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with a massive organ
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Pic by Ben Seers (Ben and Brad)
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Puttin' on the Ritz!
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Ritz 2
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End of Astaire dance
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with Alex Silverman, piano
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with Alex Silverman, piano
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with Alex Silverman, piano
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with Alex Silverman, piano
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Janie Dee watching my turn
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the collected delegates
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