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)
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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