Renee Fleming

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Yes, the news is out that Alfie will return to the Memorial Day Concert for 2016!  He joins Renee Fleming and Colin Powell amongst others for the Washington DC event to be held on 29 May.  As we know, Alfie holds a special place in his heart for the armed forces and is a regular at the UK’s Festival of Remembrance; this will be his second appearance at the equivalent US concert.  Let’s take a look at his previous appearance in 2013:

The question is: will he reprise Bring Him Home or  sing something else entirely?  I’d like to hear him sing again with Renee Fleming  as a throwback to their duet at the Diamond Jubilee of 2012 but who knows?

This comes hot on the heels of Alfie being nominated as Favourite Replacement for either Les Mis or Finding Neverland in the Broadway.com Audience Choice Awards – click here to vote but hurry as it closes on 29 April!  This is just to pick the nominations though so hopefully Alfie will get through to the actual awards.

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The line up of for the Queen’s 90th birthday celebration concert has been announced today and it includes Alfie!  Sharp eyed fans who noticed that Alfie’s current performance schedule for Finding Neverland shows a gap between 11 – 18 May won’t be surprised.  The concert will be broadcast live on 15 May – it will be hosted by Ant and Dec so we may yet get to see Alf and Dec on the same screen!  Alfie said he was “honoured to be involved in the celebrations of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II birthday celebration concert at Windsor Castle”.

Alfie seems to be a firm favourite with the Royal Family and has performed for them many times before but perhaps the most famous is the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in 2012 (thanks to Nikki for sharing):

I wonder what he’ll sing?

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…on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.  The occasion was of course the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and he was duetting with Renee Fleming on Somewhere, from West Side Story (thanks Annie for sharing):

Fans of Alfie with longer hair will be happy!

Earlier in the evening, Alfie performed a medley of O Sole Mio / Now or Never on the main stage which set the twitter world alight; up until that point, twitter had been asking a lot of questions along the lines of “is the sound system working” as some acts appeared to struggle.  However, within thirty seconds of Alfie starting to sing, twitter woke up to the fact that “oh, this bloke’s really good, the sound is obviously working”.  His pelvic thrust also caused a few comments!

Tonight, Alfie is performing for the first time with the Phoenix Symphony (as a replacement for Colm Wilkinson) – wonder what he’ll sing?

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….Somewhere, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.  After wowing the crowd with O Sole Mio and Now Or Never earlier in the evening (for the swivel of hips as much as his voice!), Alfie donned a suit and teamed up with American soprano, Renee Fleming, for the West Side Story duet.  They became the first, and so far, only performers to appear on the palace balcony.

Alfie has a long history with the Bernstein musical, having performed as Tony in an amateur production whilst still working as TVR body mechanic before going on to record Maria on his second Decca album, Alfie.  In between, a West Side Story medley was part of the repertoire on the Boston Pops affiliated Big Band Broadway tour Alfie did after Baz Lurhmann’s La Boheme.

Tonight, Alfie will be performing at SymFunny, the Parkinson’s UK concert organised by Morgan Pochin, but in the meantime, sit back and enjoy Somewhere, which was recently nominated for the Fans Favourite Alfie Boe Duet:

 

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Last week, I asked you all for your nominations for your favourite singer to perform with Alfie, either live or recorded (click here).

Well, you responded in your numbers and the nominations are in and the vote is ready!

All the nominations are listed in the YouTube playlist below, to help you deicde – some clips are longer than others but they’re all there!

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