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Will Dame Vera Lynn become the first centenarian to hit the number one spot in the album chart when her new album, Vera Lynn 100, is released tomorrow?  I wouldn’t bet against the original Forces Sweetheart as her last album achieved the top spot just a few years ago, meaning she would beat her own record as the oldest person to achieve a number one album.

On this album, Dame Vera’s original vocals have been set to new orchestrations, courtesy of Morgan Pochin who of course have produced and arranged several of Alfie’s albums.  The result is a masterclass of gorgeous accompaniments that show off Dame Vera’s vocals to perfection whilst bringing out the best in each duet partner.

Unsurprisingly, my favourite track is the album opener, We’ll Meet Again featuring Alfie Boe; the arrangement allows Alfie’s voice to soar but never to overshadow our Forces Sweetheart in one of her most famous songs.

Of the other duets, The White Cliffs of Dover with Alexander Armstrong and As Time Goes By with Aled Jones stand out for me.  Armstrong’s TV persona on Pointless is very much that of a smiley, affable gentleman and you can hear the smile in his voice on his track, just as you can hear the same in Jones’ voice.  Cynthia Erivo, on When You Wish Upon A Star is also beautiful and elegantly understated.  Of the songs that aren’t duets, the highlight is Sailing which I wasn’t aware that Dame Vera had recorded but apparently I’m not alone in that!  The recording has not been widely known and is a real find on this album.  I loved it.

The warmth of these tracks seems to reflect the way Britain in general feels about Dame Vera; rarely, if ever, can there have been a singer who so transcends one genre of entertainment whilst also representing such a precise period of history.  So closely linked is she with the Second World War that even those who were born long after the event still know her to be the “Forces Sweetheart”, regardless of who has held the title since.

This album is a delight to be enjoyed by all – we all know the songs so we can all sing along and indulge in one of our favourite national pastimes, nostalgia, whilst listening to an array of wonderful singers paying tribute to a national treasure.  I’ll leave the last word to Dame Vera herself:

It’s truly humbling that people still enjoy these songs from so many years ago, reliving the emotions of that time…and it’s so wonderful for me to hear ‘my songs’ again so beautifully presented in a completely new way.

I have one copy of this album to give away – just answer the question below* and the lucky winner will be drawn at random on 24 March!

Vera Lynn 100 is available here:

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We have a winner!  Our new year competition was to win a Ball and Boe Together tour goodie bag and this morning the lucky winner was selected (randomly, thanks to twitter) as

Pauline Merrick!

Congratulations Pauline, please click here to send me your address details.

It’s so exciting, perhaps we should celebrate by watching Ball and Boe Together on YouTube:

And if you want to look back at some fabulous memories of Alfie over the last few years, click here to see Linda W’s gorgeous photos.

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Happy New Year!

It’s the beginning of another exciting new year for Boe and Ball (we’re allowed to call them that on this site!!!) and to start us all off in the right mood, it’s competition time!

I have a Together tour goodie bag to give away which contains the following:

BB umbrella

BB VIP bag

BB tour lanyard

BB hardback tour programme signed by both Alfie and Michael

To win this goodie bag all you have to do is answer the following question*:

How many live dates are Alfie and Michael scheduled to perform in 2017?

Entry is now closed!

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Alfie Boe and Michael Ball’s Together tour is nearly upon us and a spate of TV promotional appearances will shortly be announced – anyone excited?

Before that however, Alfie and Michael will be recording their one off ITV special, to be shown later in the year.  Some lucky fans managed to get tickets from ITV directly when the Ball and Boe special was announced a couple of weeks ago.  If you weren’t one of those lucky few (there were only a limited number for both Alfie and Michael fans), don’t despair because I have a pair of tickets up for grabs!

To win this pair of tickets, all you need to do is answer the following question:

Entrants must be subscribed to this blog – sign up on the right – and be able to attend the show at ITV London studios on Tuesday 25 October.  The competition will be closed on Saturday morning and the winner announced Saturday evening.

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September is over half way through and that means that it is nearly Alfie Boe’s birthday!  Yes, on September 29th, Alfie will be 43…and getting younger every year!

If you would like to post Alfie a birthday message, pop it in the form below and it will be featured on a new Message to Alfie page next week:

This video is from the Classic BRIT awards in 2013 and I chose this video as it was just a few days past Alfie’s birthday and a group of fans were there to see this breathtaking performance and give him our own birthday card.  Amazingly, he then tweeted a thank you alongside a picture of the card…still gives me goosebumps thinking about it now.

Definitely one of my top Alfie moments!

This year, as he has done for the previous five years, Alfie is fundraising for music charity Nordoff Robbins in honour of his birthday (click here to find out more about the charity). Overall, Alfie fans have raised over £8600 and of this year’s fundraiser, Nordoff Robbins CEO, Julie Whelan, said

We are thrilled that our long-standing ambassador Alfie has chosen to dedicate his birthday to us at Nordoff Robbins again this year. This initiative has raised crucial funds for our services and has really helped to raise awareness of our work over the years. Alfie first started supporting Nordoff Robbins in 2011 and we are so proud to be able to say that we have his continued support to this day.

If you would like to donate something to celebrate Alfie’s birthday, click here to go through to Nordoff Robbins – you can choose Alfie Boe as a reason for donating.  Let’s see if we can raise more than the £1719 we raised last year!  Go Alfie Boe fans!

Don’t forget there’s still time to enter our competition to win a Sunflower Jam DVD featuring Alfie singing I Wanna Know What Love Is and othersclick here to enter.

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I Wanna Know What Love Is at the Sunflower Jam:

Thanks as ever to Linda W for sharing (listen at the beginning and you can hear a few shouts of “Go on Alfie” from Linda).

Sunflower Jam was a concert at the Royal Albert Hall to raise money for a charity of the same name, raising funds for and awareness of an integrated approach to cancer treatments.  Featuring an enviable line up including Brian May, Alice Cooper, Kerry Ellis, Ian Paice, Steve Balsamo and Rick Wakeman, the concert also featured a few musicians who went on to tour with Alfie on the Storyteller tour.

On the concert DVD you can see Nick Fyffe, MD for Storyteller, backing singer Seweuse and one other who went onto become MD for the Serenata tour in 2014.  I have one copy of the DVD available to anyone who can tell me the name of this curly haired guitarist – all you have to do is pop the answer in the form below* and a winner will be picked a week today.

Good luck!

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The Alfie Boe Goody Bags have been won – thank you to everyone for entering – and the winners are (picked at random from Twitter):

Donamarie Triandafilou

Linda Gleason

Diane Davis

Jo Rowe

Janet Hudson

Please can the winners send their addresses via the contact me page and I’ll pass them to Vector to get the bundles sent out!

Of course we should be in Scarborough (and a fair number of fans are!) but in Alfie’s absence (get well soon Alfie), here is our favourite Alfie Boe Live Song, Run, from last year:

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Everyone loves a competition, right?  Well, to celebrate reaching a milestone number of subscribers, thoughtsofjustafan is teaming up with the Official Alfie Boe Fan Group on Facebook (click here to join in the chat) who have recently welcomed their 2,000th member!

Alfie’s lovely management team at Vector have given us some Alfie goodies and there’s enough for five winners.  So, to enter, all you have to do is make sure you’re subscribed and answer the following question:

Which song did Alfie sing at the Queen’s 90th Birthday Concert?

Good luck – the winners will be chosen at random on Friday 24 June

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Thank you to everyone who entered the competition to win the signed Finding Neverland playbills – the winners are:

Akiko Yonezawa

Pat Watterson

Jo Cassidy

Please send your address details via the contact me page and I’ll get them sent out!

The question that all three answered correctly was:

Which actors played JM Barrie before Alfie Boe?

The answer I was looking for was Matthew Morrison and Tony Yazbeck although I also accepted answers that included Jeremy Jordan and Julian Ovenden.

In case you missed it, Alfie appeared on Kathie Lee and Hoda’s segment of the Today Show on Monday, singing the title track from Finding Neverland (click on Alfie to see):

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Amazing last note!  But I have one gripe; guitarist Craig’s beard was in much better shape than Alfie’s – perhaps I’ll have to add him to the beard line up on Darwin, Alfie Boe, His Beard and Me.

Alfie’s a busy boy this week as he’s of course appearing in the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations where he’ll be singing A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square – wonder if he’ll have a second song too?

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He did it and so did all of you who voted for Alfie to win Favourite Replacement in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards!

Way to go Alfie and fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course, the award is for his role as Jean Valjean in Les Mis and so here is Alfie singing his most famous song:

To see more about the winners of the awards, click here although it won’t surprise anyone that Hamilton was a big winner.

Don’t forget to enter the competition to win 3 signed Finding Neverland playbills – competition closes tomorrow:

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