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Following the success of their platinum selling album and sell out UK tour Alfie Boe and Michael Ball are again teaming up for another UK tour included December 2017.  Prior to that, the pair will perform at a series of open air concerts in the summer.

Tickets on sale from:

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Gigs and Tours – click here

Live Nation – click here

See Tickets – click here

The dates are:

Eastnor Castle, Ledbury 18 June

Walcot Hall, Shrewsbury 20 June

Stanstead Park, Chichester 21 June

Euston Hall, Thetford 24 June

Lincoln Castle 25 June

Scarborough Open Air Theatre 28 June

Cardiff Motorpoint Arena 30 November

Brighton centre 2 December

Bournemouth BIC 3 December

Birmingham Genting Arena 5 December

Manchester Arena 7 December

Leeds First Direct Arena 8 December

Glasgow SSE Hydro 10 December

Aberdeen GE Oil and Gas Arena 11 December

Nottingham Motorpoint Arena 13 December

London 02 Arena 14 December


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Or, to be precise, at number two!  Yes, in the first week of release, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball are Together celebrating entering the UK album chart at number two, just behind Robbie Williams.


Fantastic – well done Alfie and Michael…and to all the fans who have bought the album!  If you haven’t yet, it’s available here:


My favourite track is A Thousand Years which I’m happy to say is sung on their current tour (click here for dates).  However, a close second is the Les Mis Medley and here it is from the first night of the tour in Cardiff (thanks to Linda W for sharing):

What’s your favourite track on Together?  Comment and tell me!

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I recently caught up with the ever lovely John Owen-Jones for an article about Les Mis (you’ll have to wait a while for that, sorry!) and he mentioned that he would be travelling to Japan in the near future for a couple of concerts.  The repertoire will be mainly musicals with songs from his last couple of albums thrown in…Rise Like A Phoenix should be amazing live.  Tokyo will feature a band but Osaka will have a much more intimate feel with John accompanied by just John Quirke on piano.

Click on the image below for tickets:

JOJ japan

During the interview, John talked about a few new projects coming up, one of which involved directing!  Sounds intriguing.

In case, Japan is a long way to go for a concert, John is also appearing at the following UK summer concerts (click here for tickets):

Aug 2 – Les Mis v Phantom

Aug 6 – Welsh National Eistedfodd

Oct 23-25 – Broadway to the Bay

John’s album, Rise, is available here:

JOJ Rise


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Here we are at the third week of looking back at your favourite Alfie Boe tour moments and we’re also right in the midst of making some more fabulous tour memories from Summer 2015.  This week though we’re looking back to my first tour, Storyteller, from March / April 2013.  If this isn’t your favourite, you can still vote:

For lots of you though, Storyteller was your favourite and lots of special memories were made.  My best memory from this tour was getting Alfie’s towel from Blackpool (yes, I still have it) and him posing for photos at the stage door.  Musically, the best moment for me was Alfie and John Owen-Jones singing an impromptu duet on Bring Him Home at the Royal Albert Hall.  A few of you agreed with me so let’s see it again:

Your other tour highlights include Margie meeting Alfie at the Brighton stage door, something a whole lot of us were cheering and hoping for as she had come all the way from Australia, hearing Alfie at the sound checks, seeing him race right up to the top balcony of Blackpool Opera House and Alfie singing Led Zeppelin’s Rock & Roll at Bournemouth.

The second video also comes from the Royal Albert Hall and is Shine A Light:

Storyteller is available on CD and DVD:

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Last week we looked back at your favourite Alfie Boe tour moments from the 2011/12 Bring Him Home tour.  This week, we’re onto the Summer tour of the UK that took in a host of theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Britain.  If that’s not your favourite, don’t forget to vote:

Of the people who chose this as their favourite, most of them cited the overall atmosphere of that whole summer; it was the fabulous (if wet) summer that encompassed the Olympics (Alfie sang the Team GB song, One Vision), the Diamond Jubilee (Alfie again) and many glorious Alfie concerts.  However, the one that stood out for Sue Redfern was Gawsworth.  Here is Crying (thanks Linda for sharing):

This is especially for the long hair and jeans / waistcoat brigade! And just because we can, here’s another video from Gawsworth, this time especially for Rachel, who I believe was the owner of the bug spray at the beginning of the clip!

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This time last week I asked you to vote for your favourite Alfie Boe Tour – you have been voting but this was somewhat eclipsed by the Classic Quadrophenia controversy.  So come on, what’s your favourite tour so far?

The most recent UK tour is streaking ahead so if that’s not your favourite please vote!

Over the next few weeks we’ll reveal some of your favourite tour moments, starting with the Bring Him Home tour in 2011/12.  Of the fans who chose this tour, three moments stand out:

Seeing Alfie at Blackpool whilst sitting amongst both Alfie and Jason Manford’s families:

Hearing Alfie sing In My Daughter’s Eyes whilst the film of Grace played on the big screen (the moment picked was at Bristol but I can’t find the video of that so have used Blackpool):

Finally, back to the Impossible Dream, this time with Beth Ford and Flo Bannigan at Birmingham:

Regular readers will have seen the video from earlier that day of the sound check when Alfie first heard the girls sing; he was so impressed he invited them back again for the evening performance.  And they even got some of his Roses!  There’s a lot happening for Beth Ford Music in the next few weeks so click here to keep up to date.

Bring Him Home and Alfie are available here:Alfie (alfie) album


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A classic week for Alfie Boe fans  – the release of Classic Quadrophenia on Monday (Tuesday in the US), lots of reviews and articles online and a healthy dollop of controversy to finish it off!  On top of all that, we have the first dates on his mini UK summer tour to look forward to next week. Oh, and a new poll to find the fans favourite Alfie Boe Tour – keep voting!

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock this week you’ll know that Classic Quadrophenia is not eligible for the official UK classical charts (although it is riding high in the amazon chart).  This doesn’t seem to have hindered sales so far as the official mid week album chart listed CQ at number 23.  Additionally, the album will be eligible for the US billboard classical chart.  Pete Townshend, Alfie and the conductor Robert Ziegler have been very vocal in their indignation about this apparent unfairness and Alfie in particular tweeted this:

Please would you all get behind this campaign and RT to make a change and support our view on Classic Quadrophenia? #WhatQuadifiesClassical

There are reasons for the position of the Official Chart Company (click here) but needless to say most fans don’t agree with them.  Will there be a change in the rules?  Unlikely I would say but you never know!  Besides, with my devil’s advocate blogging head on, it’s all fabulous publicity!

Somewhat lost amongst all the controversy was a lovely interview with Alfie in which he adds to the comments he made in his recent interview with thoughtsofjustafan that singing the role of Jimmy was “trickier than opera”.  In that interview he alluded to the emotional intensity that made it harder but in the Sinfini interview (click here) he goes on to talk about the stamina needed for his voice as the role requires him to sing a lot of notes at the top of his range.  All this controversy about the UK classical charts must be really fuelling Alfie’s preparation for the frustrations  of his character, Jimmy!

We also found a new side to Alfie as a tour guide to Sun Valley, Idaho, in an article in the Telegraph Travel section.  Apparently there are mountain lions and bears but that shouldn’t worry Alfie since he has a copy of The Worst Case Scenario Handbook which details what to do when unexpectedly meeting such creatures – check his instagram for photos!

Lastly, Alfie is scheduled to appear on ITV’s Loose Women next Wednesday 17 June at 12.30pm.

Classic Quadrophenia is available here:

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With just a week to go before Alfie’s first date in his mini UK summer tour, excitement is running high.  Add to that, the excitement over the release of Classic Quadrophenia today and we Alfie fans are already super excited that summer is here.

So, what better way to look forward to the live dates than to look back at Alfie’s previous tours and choose a favourite – you guessed it, another poll!  We haven’t had one for a while, indeed the last was the much discussed Alfie’s Best Look poll which ensured some very lively comments!  Thanks to Carole Hunt for the idea for this one.

My favourite tour so far was the Serenata tour of Winter 2014; I felt Alfie’s voice was at his best and the repertoire included songs from his earlier albums that I had never expected to hear him sing live.  Having said that, Storyteller was very hard to beat but they were totally different experiences, reflecting Alfie’s continued musical development. One of my favourite moments was hearing Recondita Armonia and Nessun Dorma for the first time in Newcastle (thanks Linda for sharing):

Whichever is your favourite tour,  get voting below – results published some time over the summer!

I would also like to know your favourite moment from that tour so please fill in the form below:

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Last September, something unique happened in the UK classical album chart: an independent artist went straight to number one!  The album is Dare to Dream and the artist is the People’s Soprano, Rebecca Newman, who has just announced new concert dates (click here, on sale 1 May).   To talk about this and her current tour supporting Russell Watson, I met up with Rebecca before the Richmond tour date.

I started by asking about being an independent artist, as yet unsigned to a major record label.  Is signing to a major in the plan?  Since Dare to Dream hit the top spot in 2014, Rebecca says there has been a lot of industry interest and awareness in her as an artist which will hopefully lead to some fruitful conversations.  Interestingly, it is other, established artists who have so far given the most public support.  Alfie Boe has tweeted his support for Dare to Dream, saying Casta Diva is his favourite track and of course, Russell Watson invited Rebecca to tour with him as his special guest on the current Up Close and Personal Tour.  Should a major record company deal come to pass, a lot of fans will be ready and willing to snap up that album.

Dare to Dream, as well as being the album title, is also one of the original songs co-written by Rebecca and seems to be the perfect song for her at this stage of her career.  In fact, many fans relate to it, saying it means a lot to them, often for very different reasons. For her part, Rebecca says that the song is about the inspiring little moments that happen in your life along the way:

whatever your dream is, own it, love it, follow it

Rebecca certainly seems to be following her own advice here as she has come a very long way in the music industry since she first started busking in York ten years ago.  At first, busking was a means to an end but Rebecca soon found that it was a great way to connect with an audience whilst building a fan base as well as earning money.  In this way, Rebecca has been recording and selling her own music although Dare to Dream was the first album eligible for official chart release.  Street performing is a very pure, honest style of performance and this seems to suit Rebecca, so much so that she says she gets withdrawal symptoms when she doesn’t do it for a while.  She enjoys engaging with fans on such an intimate level which has sometimes meant that she has had to work harder to connect with a larger audience.  Her best advice when faced with a larger audience is to just simply “sing”.  Perform first and chat second, an approach that has worked to her advantage as a special guest to Russell Watson.  I was lucky enough to see Rebecca perform on the Richmond tour date and while a few members of the audience were clearly baffled when she first came on stage, they were very impressed after her first song.  There were audible gasps of appreciation when she then mentioned her number one classical album…all without a major record label behind her.  By the time her part of the show was finished, the audience was won over.  I questioned how street performing would fit in with a more successful, visible music career and Rebecca was quite clear that major success would not stop her performing pop up gigs in any way – let’s hope we get the chance to find out!  A fan’s comment to Rebecca that “you’ve set down deep roots so the wind won’t blow you away” would seem to bear witness that she has a strong and loyal fan base.

As mentioned earlier, Rebecca has recently announced her own concert dates, the first of which is Lichfield Garrick theatre on 16 July 2015 (on sale 1 May) and she is understandably excited about the prospect of being the star attraction.  There are other projects and collaborations to be confirmed and announced and together with an appearance on BBC’s Songs of Praise (recorded but no transmission date yet) this should be an exciting time for fans.  Amongst other things, Dare to Dream will hopefully be re-issued as a single complete with a new video!  Until then, take a look at the current video:

The album is also available on Amazon:

rebecca newman


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Back in November 2014 I asked “How Did You Find Alfie Boe” and I’m pleased to say that lots of you responded, being only too pleased to tell me how and when you first heard that beautiful voice.  A few of you have been on board Alfie’s musical train right since the very beginning – and by that I mean since he was singing locally in Lancashire!  One of his many nephews and nieces even filled in the survey although I don’t know which one! One respondent had followed him since he was appearing regularly in opera and another couple since his first album, Classic FM Presents.  Other reasons given were his 2007 appearance on Parkinson, other TV appearances, Desert Island Discs, through friends, surfing youtube, through hearing David Miller of Il Divo talk about Alfie and his performance at the Diamond Jubilee concert in 2012.

However, like most of us Alfie fans these days, the vast majority (82%) of the respondents found Alfie through Les Miserables.  Of those 82%, just over half first saw and heard Alfie on a PBS 25th anniversary promotion and the others saw him either live or on the DVD of that concert.  This is what one smitten fan said

Saw him on PBS in Florida, USA in March 2011 singing Jean Valjean role and stopped in my tracks when hearing that voice. Watched the whole O2 Les Misarables concert and then had to find out who this wonderful tenor is. YouTubed him and listened and read everything I could find on him. The Alfie and Matt Lucas video Nessun Dorma with his hands in his pockets was what clinched him for me. Joined his Facebook page and his own web page and since have met many wonderful fans of his who over the last 3 years have become good friends. All this from that one O2 performance.

After finding out how and when fans found Alfie, I then wanted to find out when they made their first Alfie related purchase, be it  CD, DVD etc.  I admit that I was expecting most responses to be “immediately” or very quickly, given the devotion shown to Alfie by fans.  However, I was slightly surprised to find that although two thirds of responses indicated that a purchase was made either the same day or next day, the next highest response was months, at least 6-12.  In three cases there was a wait of at least a year and one waited for 3.5 years before making up (her?) mind to buy a CD.  Incidentally, the length of time before making a purchase and considering yourself to be “Boed” does not match up; with the exception of the Lancashire locals and the fan waiting 3.5 years, every single respondent considered themselves “Boed” immediately.

The survey then went on to ask which albums fans had in their collection.  For this survey, I only considered Alfie’s albums released under his own name (not including Serenata which was released after the survey) and the collaboration with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Home for the Holidays.  The rest of his recording career can be found on the Alfie Boe Discography.  The results are:

Classic FM Presents – 61% of respondents own this

La Passione – 82%

Onward – 72%

Love Was A Dream – 69%

Bring Him Home – 98%

Alfie – 95%

Storyteller – 95%

Trust – 90%

Home for the Holidays – 37%

As you can see, the most owned albums are the Decca ones released since the Les Mis connection although La Passione is the most popular album of Alfie’s back catalogue.  It occurs to me as I sit writing these results up, that I should have asked in which order these albums were purchased; it would have been interesting to see how many people had La Passione before Les Mis.  I suspect that like me, the answer would be not many,  otherwise Alfie would surely not have contemplated becoming a personal trainer for the SLC police.

DVD ownership is something else again – this time, there were only four choices as only two tours have been filmed:

Les Mis 25th concert – 96% own this

Bring Him Home tour – 83%

Storyteller tour – 75%

Home for the Holidays – 43%

Perhaps the relatively high amount of people owning the DVD of Home for the Holidays reflects the low amount owning it on CD (they don’t see the need to have it twice), otherwise the completely predictable result is that Les Mis is the most owned DVD.  Of course this was expected, given that 82% of us found Alfie that way to start with.  This is also borne out by 66% of those owning it citing it as their favourite of the DVD’s.  Storyteller comes next, followed by Bring Him Home and Home for the Holidays again bringing up the rear.

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