CYMT singers with Sir Tim Rice on BBC Somerset

CYMT singers and Fusion Young Performers collaborated in “An Evening With Sir Tim Rice” on 31 October 2019. This very special event to launch ArtsTaunton’s new Tyca (Taunton Youth Culture & Arts) Festival was held at Temple Methodist Church, Taunton, and recorded by BBC Somerset. Transmission details are below.

The combined choirs (conducted by Sarah-Jane Cross and accompanied by Frances Webb on the piano) sang a selection of songs with lyrics written by Sir Tim such as Hakuna Matata, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, I know him so well, Anthem, Jacob and Sons, Another Suitcase in Another Hall, Any Dream Will Do, A Whole New World, One Jump Ahead, Evermore and Fight the Fight.
In between the songs Charlie Taylor from BBC Somerset conducted an informal interview with Sir Tim Rice talking about his life and work which was very informative and entertaining.
Having had only 6 and a half weeks of rehearsal time the singers performed brilliantly and received a standing ovation at the end of the evening. As well as the full choir numbers there were some great solos and duets by performers from both groups.
Soloists from CYMT included Kira Kelly, Celandine Hickman, Drew Kehoe, Esme Knight, Melissa Coles, Korben Drew and Ernie Shorten. From Fusion the soloists were Daniel Boulton, James Boulton, Natalie Woodward, Laura Stephens, Alfie and Alisha Yates, Beth Porter, Leo Ahern,  Ryan Boulton, Jazmyn Phillips, Lennie Stanford and Grace Mclaren.
Afterwards Sir Tim took the time to have his photo taken with the performers and to sign autographs. It was a fantastic event for the young people to be involved in and many said they felt it was an honour to sing the songs with the lyricist sitting on the stage with them.
BBC Somerset will broadcast An Evening With Sir Tim Rice on:
  • Saturday 28 December 2019 at 0600
  • Wednesday 1 January 2020 at 1800

You can listen to BBC Somerset a variety of ways:

  • 95.5 FM
  • 1566 AM
  • DAB digital radio
  • Internet radio
  • Freeview tv channel 722
  • online at
  • Or for up to 30 days after transmission on the BBC Sounds app
For more information or to get in touch with CYMT please contact or tel. 07754217993.