Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Party Girl Paloma Adds Orchestral Strings to Her Bow

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Party Girl Paloma Adds Orchestral Strings to Her Bow

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Byline: DAVID SMYTH

PALOMA FAITH WITH THE GUY BARKER ORCHESTRA Barbican, E2 PALOMA FAITH used to sing cabaret tunes to a backing tape and imagine an orchestra behind her. Two doubleplatinum albums later, her dream is a reality.

The latest of the Hackney star's semiregular collaborations with the Guy Barker Orchestra was the most ambitious, with 46 musicians on stage and a bit of overlap with her arena shows. You don't often see confetti showers at the Barbican.

However, one of Britain's most extravagant showgirls did stick to just the one outfit, albeit a strikingly clinging red dress with a cartoon explosion on the hip and hair wound up like an elaborate pastry.

She seemed more natural in this more intimate environment than at her bigger shows. Her rightful home is beside a grand piano, one hand on its lid. She was a wonderfully theatrical performer, wafting her arms gracefully about her, falling to her knees during Let Me Down Easy and shaking her rump with enthusiasm in a tremendous, swinging Upside Down. …

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