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Alright, alright, it’s actually International Happiness Day but I got the title idea from my 9yo who looked at the 2015 Happy International Day of Happiness Alfie Boe Fans and said “it’s not really Happy Alfie Boe Day is it”?  We don’t exactly see eye to eye on our musical tastes although he has been known to sing along to Alfie songs before and even uttered the immortal line (on hearing Elvis sing If I Can Dream) “this is Alfie’s song, why is Elvis singing it”.

To celebrate, these are some of my favourite Alfie tracks from each of his albums:

E Lucevan Le Stelle (Classic FM Presents) – video from first series of BBC Maestro

The song recently voted the favourite Alfie Boe recorded song, A Living Prayer (Onward) – from Songs of Praise

Funiculi Funicula (La Passione) – this was a hard choice as I could easily have chosen the whole album!

On The Street Where You Live (Bring Him Home) – from QVC, picked because my son’s choir used to sing this:

In My Daughter’s Eyes (Alfie) – for all parents and children everywhere:

Angie (Storyteller)- loved the original, this is better:

My all time favourite Alfie song (so far) is Keep Me In Your Heart (Trust) – something to do with those buttons…

Addio Sogni di Gloria (Serenata) was my favourite in the Serenata review and it hasn’t changed:

The eagle eyed amongst you will have noticed that Love Was A Dream is missing – as far as I’m aware we don’t have video of Alfie singing my favourite song from that album.  Maybe one day…

What are your songs from all Alfie’s albums?  Let us know below:

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Great radio interview with the always reliable Alex Bellfield.  He always asks really interesting questions:

Swiftly followed by a lovely interview with Charlotte Green on Classic FM – so good to see this station really getting behind Alfie again:

There have been a couple of other radio interviews broadcast this week (thanks to the ever reliable Marcia) click here to hear.

The week got off to a fabulous start for some lucky fans in Manchester and Blackpool – click here to see an article about the Blackpool CD singing (contains short video).

Also, we are assured that rehearsals are underway and going well:

alfie rehearsals

Your reviews are fantastic thank you – click here for one on a different blog whose author happens to follow me too.

Last but not least, don’t forget to listen to BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night – click here to listen.  Review to follow!

And then get up early to get in front of the TV by 9am to catch Alfie on Weekend Kitchen (Channel 4).

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Meeting the fans of course!  Alfie was talking to Charlotte Green for the Sunday 3pm Culture slot on Classic FM and she asked him if he yearned to be a rock god – surely we all know the answer to that one!!

With the release of Serenata tomorrow, Alfie’s PR machine has been cranked up to full pitch with at least four interviews this weekend.  Alex Bellfield of Celebrity Radio always does a great job, here is his interview:

There are also a nice article about Alfie, Sarah and their home life back in Utah in the Telegraph – click here and a blog interview with a Brighton based music journalist, thoughts in words.  In this we get to hear about Alfie’s favourite films (The Royal Tenenbaums is a great choice Alfie) and his thoughts on working with Sol3Mio; here is an extract:

Supporting you on the UK Tour is the Samoan trio Sol3 Mio. Where did you first meet/hear about them?

I’m kinda ashamed to say that I first heard about them through the label, Decca Records. I had a look at some videos of them on youtube and I was really impressed. They are wonderfully talented guys and are incredible singers who are also really funny performers. They play off each other really well to provide a really comic delivery, but they would be great individually too. I’m really looking forward to being on tour with them. I am sure that they are going to be great fun to work with and there won’t be any dull moments.

Alfie Boe’s Serenata is released on 17th November:

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Welcome to the first edition of Friday Round Up with Alfie Boe – all this week’s Alfie Boe news at a glance!

This week has seen Alfie once again pairing up with Classic FM – his new album, Serenata has been John Suchet’s Album of the Week and Alfie took part in the Wednesday Web Chat too.

John Suchet played:

Addio Sogni Di Gloria

Non Ti Scordar Ti Me

Arrivederci Roma

Volare – apparently this 1958 song came third in the Eurovision Song Contest for Italy!

Rondine al Nido

Thursday saw Alfie record the Royal Variety Performance for the first time since 2010 – we get to see the show sometime in December.

He even found time to attend a charity gig for the Teenage Cancer Trust and post a pose for the Alzheimers Society (challenged by Arlene Phillips):

Alfie alzheimers pose

 

Alfie was also been busy this week doing more interviews, this one is from BBC London – thanks for sharing Marcia!

And a rare chance to hear Alfie’s vocals as Opera Dude on Clint Boon’s music – Clint tweeted this on Thursday:

Continuing as John Suchet’s Album of the Week, Alfie Boe’s Serenata was today showcased with Volare:

According to John, Volare, released in 1958, was the Italian entry in that year’s Eurovision Song Contest and came third!  We of course mostly know it through the Rosemary Clooney version.

And just to completely change things up, Clint Boon tweeted this little gem:

Serenata can be ordered below:

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It’s because he’s old fashioned!  At least, that was part of his explanation in answer to Sue Black on the Classic FM Wednesday Web Chat this morning.  And thank you Alfie for answering my question about Morgan Pochin!

Today was certainly Alfie Boe day on Classic FM – John Suchet played Arrivederci Roma on his Album of the Week slot too – here is Alfie’s video:

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Alfie Boe’s new album, Serenata (released 17th November) is John Suchet’s album of the week and he will also be joining Classic FM listeners on the Wednesday Web Chat tomorrow.

This morning’s track on John Suchet’s show was Non Ti Scordar Ti Me .

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Fantastic news, with week to go before Alfie Boe’s new album, Serenata, is John Suchet’s Classic FM album of the week!  If you’re not a regular Classic FM listener, this means that one track from Serenata will be played each day this week; today John played Addio Sogni di Gloria, and glorious it was too.  Here is the official video:

And if this wasn’t exciting enough, Alfie will be taking part in the Classic FM Wednesday Webchat this week (12th November) from 10am.

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Today saw the news that Alfie will be part of the Make Some Noise charity single which will be recorded at the AIR studios on 9th October and released the following day.  Alfie sing a solo alongside Katherine Jenkins, Aled Jones, Alexander Armstrong who will be complemented by Sol3Mio, Myleene Klass on piano, classical guitarist Milos Karadaglic and Classic FM presenters Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen (percussion) and John Suchet (trombone).  Alfie’s fellow Decca artist, Laura Wright will also appear.  Howard Goodall, pictured below with Katherine Jenkins and John Suchet, will write the single.

Katherine Jenkins, John Suchet and Howard Goodall

Make Some Noise is a brand new charity designed to help disadvantaged young people in the UK.  Grants awarded include funds to charities helping children and young people with illness, bereavement, disablility and lack of opportunities.  The charity was set up in 2014 by Global, whose media business includes Classic FM, Heart, and Capital radio stations, Heart TV and a highly successful music publishing wing.

Stay tuned for more news about the recording and purchasing of the Make Some Noise single!

 

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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