Specialist: The Beatles

From the quiz on 11/7/17.

  1. Strawberry Fields Forever was originally released as a double A-side with which other song? Penny Lane

  2. From 1960 to 1962, The Beatles performed regularly in which German city, where a vinyl record–shaped plaza called Beatles-Platz was constructed in 2008? Hamburg

  3. Which English artist designed the cover of The Beatles’ self-titled ninth studio album, also known as the White Album? Richard Hamilton

  4. What is the title of Sam Taylor-Wood’s 2009 film about the early life of John Lennon and the formation of The Quarrymen, precursor to The Beatles? Nowhere Boy

  5. What is the only song on Abbey Road with lyrics and lead vocals by Ringo Starr? Octopus’s Garden

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Specialist: West Side Story

From the quiz on 27/6/17. Download the audio for Q3 here.

  1. The Sharks are a gang from which US territory? Puerto Rico

  2. Which character duets with Maria on the songs A Boy Like That/I Have a Love? Anita

  3. **What is the title of this song, and which character sings it? Something’s Coming; sung by Tony

  4. Which American actress plays Maria in the 1961 film adaptation of West Side Story? Natalie Wood

  5. The fight that ultimately results in the deaths of both Riff and Bernardo begins as a fight between Bernardo and which member of the Jets? Diesel (original stage) or Ice (1961 film)

Specialist: Eurovision [II]

From the quiz on 9/5/17.

  1. The Eurovision Song Contest was inspired by and partially based on which Italian city’s annual music festival, which is still used to decide the Italian Eurovision entry each year? Sanremo

  2. With which song did Lordi win Eurovision for Finland in 2006? Hard Rock Hallelujah

  3. Which theatrical show, which was since enjoyed worldwide success, was first performed during the interval of the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin? Riverdance

  4. In which language, unused in the contest since or before, did Furbaz perform ‘Viver senza tei’ for Switzerland at the 1989 Eurovision Song Contest? Romansh

  5. Which two countries are the only ones to have received nul points for their debut Eurovision entries (respectively in 1964 and 1994)? Portugal and Lithuania

Specialist: Oasis [II]

From the quiz on 25/4/17. Download the audio for Q2 and Q4 here.

  1. Initially formed as The Rain, the name Oasis was inspired by that of a leisure centre in which Wiltshire town? Swindon

  2. **Which Oasis song is this, and from which studio album does it come? The Hindu Times; from Heathen Chemistry

  3. In 2009, during the fight that ultimately led to the band’s split, Liam reportedly threw a piece of which fruit at Noel? Plum

  4. **Which Oasis song is this, and from which studio album does it come? The Shock of the Lightning; from Dig Out Your Soul

  5. Which 1998 Oasis single is, at 9:38, the longest UK number-one single of all time? All Around the World

Specialist: Jimi Hendrix

From the quiz on 7/2/17.

  1. What publicity stunt did Jimi Hendrix first perform at the Finsbury Park Astoria in 1967, then again at the Monterey Pop Festival later that year? Setting his guitar on fire

  2. Chas Chandler, who became Jimi Hendrix’s manager in 1966, was the original bassist in which English rock band? The Animals

  3. Over the course of his career, Jimi Hendrix became closely associated with which model of electric guitar and which company’s amplifiers? Fender Stratocaster; Marshall 

  4. What unusual makeshift instrument does Jimi Hendrix play in addition to guitar on his 1968 song Crosstown Traffic? Kazoo (made from paper and a comb)

  5. Which festival began the day after Jimi Hendrix died in 1970, with an entrance fee of £1 and free milk? Glastonbury

Specialist: Gilbert & Sullivan

From the quiz on 4/10/16.

  1. Which Gilbert & Sullivan opera, subtitled The Peer and the Peri, concerns a fairy who has been banished from fairyland for marrying a human and whose half-fairy son Strephon, along with half the House of Lords, is in love with a young shepherdess named Phyllis? Iolanthe

  2. Which English Poet Laureate wrote the 1847 poem The Princess, on which Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic opera Princess Ida is based? Alfred, Lord Tennyson

  3. In Mike Leigh’s 1999 film Topsy-Turvy, which English actor stars as W. S. Gilbert opposite Allan Corduner as Arthur Sullivan? Jim Broadbent

  4. The phrase “short sharp shock”, meaning a brief but severe custodial sentence, was coined in the song I Am So Proud from which Gilbert & Sullivan opera? The Mikado

  5. Which London theatre was established by Richard D’Oyly Carte in 1881 to stage productions of Gilbert & Sullivan operas? Savoy Theatre

Specialist: ballet

From the quiz on 13/9/16. Download the audio for Q3 here.

  1. In which of the five classical positions are the feet pointing outwards in opposite directions with the heels a distance apart? Second position

  2. Which Russian ballet dancer, who was principal dancer with the Ballets Russes betwen 1909 and 1913, choreographed Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun (1912) and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring (1913)? Vaslav Nijinsky

  3. **This composition forms part of a divertissement within which 1876 ballet by which French composer? [Play song] Delibes; Sylvia

  4. In which 1841 ballet by Adolphe Adam does the peasant girl of the title go mad and die after discovering her beloved ‘Loys’ is actually a betrothed nobleman named Albrecht in disguise? Giselle

  5. What name, from the Italian for “intertwined” via French, is given to a vertical jump during which the dancer repeatedly crosses their legs (a set number of times)? Entrechat