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Carole Cable 7th Dec. 1942-6th May 1997


Carole Cable, F.T.C.L., G.T.C.L. was Musical Director for at least 25 major productions of Barking Operatic Society, ranging from rarely performed works such as Dick Turpin to multiple productions of The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance and classics such as Half A Sixpence, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, Kiss Me Kate, My Fair Lady, Hello Dolly and The King and I. Some songs such as Oklahoma! and The Black Hills of Dakota and The Christmas Happiness Show, the music for which she wrote herself with Steve Eales, became perennial favourites with audiences, requiring Carole to overcome groans of familiarity in the chorus with her usual encouragement and enthusiasm.

Carole was not merely a popular music teacher at St Margaret's Church of England School and elsewhere. She had graduated and became a fellow of Trinity College London, with a fine soprano voice which she could have exploited professionally. Instead, she chose to sing the part of Ruth for BOS in The Pirates of Penzance, to perform solos at most BOS concerts and even to give occasional black-tie soirees in Barking at which she dislpayed her wide repertoire while accompanying herself at the piano.

Before most local musical events, Carole was to be found giving shy, young soloists free private tuition, example and encouragement at her home. Rehearsals are often hard work and emotional, and Carole always acted as a source of restraint during disputes, of professionalism during over-enthusiasm, and of musical leadership, which was most noticeable when she was for some reason absent.

New members always wanted to join the Society when they attended rehearsals. Everyone received expert help with auditions. Standing in for her BOS rehearsal pianists on many occasions, at almost all performances over the last ten years of her life she stood inspiringly before the cast and audience to produce wonderful music.
An Evening with Irving Berlin, Spotlight on Broadway, Music for Christmas, A Musical Mystery Tour, Show Stoppers - BOS had many producers and choreographers, but for all these and more, we have to thank Carole Cable alone for all the music she wanted the whole community to enjoy.