Chitarra Romana

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Yesterday evening saw Alfie Boe headline Classic FM Live at the Royal Albert Hall and it’s fair to say that he wowed the whole audience.  Performing at the end of the evening, Alfie’s magnificent voice shone through Addio Sogni and Chitarra Romana.  Of the two songs, both from Alfie’s forthcoming album, Serenata, we as an audience are much more familiar with Chitarra Romana as Alfie has sung it on a number of occasions in recent years. It is also of course, featured on his previous album of Neopolitan songs, La Passione.   Addio Sogni, however, is much fresher and it was the stand out song for me.  Easily filling the Royal Albert Hall, Alfie’s wonderful tones soared effortlessly over the orchestra; it was a hairs on the back of your neck moment. I should say that he was supported brilliantly by Matt White on guitar.

Although Alfie’s performance was the highlight, the whole evening was a triumph.  The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Timothy Henty, was a delight, particularly the triumphant end, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture.   The performances of Milos Karadglic, Julian Bliss and Ji Liu (classical guitar, clarinet and piano respectively) were masterpieces to watch and listen to, while Sol3Mio showed huge talent.  They are supporting Alfie on his arena tour at the end of the year and their amusing stage presence promises a fun show, especially if Alfie sings with them too.

To round off the evening perfectly, another cold wait at the stage door (it is never warm!) was rewarded by an appearance by the man himself, spending approximately ten minutes signing, posing for photos and chatting.  A couple of early birthday cards were handed in before the show and he confirmed he got them so thank you staff at the Royal Albert Hall!

No video that I’m aware of but click here for the link to Classic FM – the concert will be broadcast on Saturday 12-3pm.  In the meantime, here is Alfie talking to Classic FM presenter Jane Jones (click here)

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Nice to hear Alfie elaborate on his differing fan bases and showing them different genres of music.

Serenata can be pre-ordered from Amazon and La Passione is still available – just click on the images to order:

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Alfie Boe’s recent BBC Radio Ulster interview  was a gem!  The presenter started by playing Alfie’s version of Pure Imagination and then delighted Alfie by telling him Liverpool won 3-0 against Tottenham!  Then it was straight into the usual tour and album promo and great news, Serenata will feature at the Belfast Proms. And apparently, the ice bucket challenge was “cold” – yeah, we got that Alfie!

Classical fans will be thrilled to know that Alfie will also be singing “La Donna e Mobile” in Belfast! Wow, can’t wait to hear that.

Ahead of his appearance at Belfast Proms in the Park, it seems a good time to look back at Alfie’s previous Proms appearances. Indeed, Last Night of the Proms around the UK has been one of Alfie’s most regular gigs over the last few years; 13 September marks his fourth appearance in a row.

Last year, 2013, saw Alfie sing songs mainly taken from his Trust album, whilst in 2012, he performed some more traditional songs, including Chitarra Romana and You Are My Hearts Delight as well as Bring Him Home.   The year before saw an appearance in Dundee where the highlight was Recondita Armonia.

However, those are not Alfie’s only Proms appearances – he has been to Northern Ireland before (Carrickfergus in 2007) and Swansea in 2008, back in the days when he was still performing in opera.  Here he is with Rebecca Evans at Swansea, singing Brindisi from La Traviata:

Alfie’s new album, Serenata is released on 20 November  – just click on the image below

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As it’s Mothering Sunday (Mother’s Day) in the UK, thought I’d share a favourite video with you all from the Storyteller tour (again thanks to Lovely Linda Wellington).  This is Chitarra Romana in Blackpool (for those of you who haven’t seen this video before, Mikey is Alfie’s great nephew):

Then I thought, if this is one of my favourite videos, why not ask everyone else which is their favourite and the favourite will feature in a new blog post…soon!

This is my first poll, so hope it goes well!

Hope all the lovely mums who read and follow have a great Mother’s Day xx