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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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Some time last year thoughtsofjustafan ran a poll to find out the fan’s favourite Alfie Boe duet (the winner was of course Bryn Terfel with the Pearl Fishers duet) which threw up a variety of favourites ranging from the classical to Melanie C.  This poll came back to me recently when I saw the video (thanks Linda) of Rebecca Newman singing with Alfie on Come What May in Leeds.

This was a staple of Alfie’s repertoire on his Bring Him Home tour which enabled him to duet with his guest singer and promote his album at the same time but it fell out of favour until the Serenata tour of 2014, although Alfie sang it as a solo song.  I really like this song and have done since I first saw Moulin Rouge and have loved having it back in Alfie’s set so let’s see how many of you like it too, and which version do you like best?

To help you decide, I’ve created a Come What May YouTube playlist, click here.  If there is another version I’ve not included (and there is video) just let me know and I’ll add it!

Bring Him Home is available here:

Rebecca Newman’s chart topping album, Dare to Dream is available here:

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The Classic BRIT Awards 2013, Alfie Boe and Samantha Barks sounded like a match made in heaven and they didn’t disappoint.  But before we even got to the performance, there was some serious fangirling to be done next to the red carpet.

Together with my trusty Alfie companions Linda and Linda (henceforth to be known as the two Linda’s) we spent a thoroughly enjoyable time watching the celebs arriving at the red carpet, getting very excited every time a car door opened only for disappointment to descend when someone other than Alfie got out.  Needless to say, when a car door opened to reveal Alfie, our mutual shriek of “Alfie” was heard by another friend standing somewhere else and she naturally thought it was so loud, it must be us! Alfie came straight over to us to sign autographs and I am very happy to report that I was able to wish Alfie a Happy Birthday (40 last Sunday) and hand over a handmade card filled with the names of heaps of Alfie’s Arrows. At that point, I didn’t think I could be happier.

Little did I know that I would soon get a whole lot happier! A short time later, sitting having a cup of tea (this is such a British cliché) with the two Linda’s and Annie (she who heard our loud shriek earlier) I received a text from another friend saying that Alfie was so happy with the card he tweeted a picture of it – I got so excited I broke my necklace! Luckily, one of the Linda’s fixed it for me.   My evening was to get even better after the event when Alfie came out to the stage door and signed our programmes.  He must have been so tired after flying back from LA but was still such a gentleman.

Now, the title of this blog is Glory Glory Alfie Boe so I suppose I should include something about Alfie’s performance of Glory Glory Hallelujah, and Come What May with Samantha Barks.  The show as a whole was fantastic and I enjoyed all the performances but of course they saved the best for last.  Alfie and Samantha performed the finale and they absolutely brought the house down.  Battle Hymn of the Republic brought tears to my eyes and showcased beautifully Alfie’s amazing voice but for me, Come What May was even better.  Samantha Barks was a perfect accompaniment to Alfie and the chemistry between them was lovely to see. One of my favourite versions of this lovely song (I still have a soft spot for Alfie singing it with Laura Wright). Thanks to the fabulous Linda Wellington (one of the two Linda’s) you can see for yourself:

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