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Alfie Boe Sings at Kenwood in June

Alfie Boe

English Heritage and Giles Cooper Entertainment (GCE) have announced the next concert to take place at the stunning grounds of Kenwood House in Hampstead, London in June 2018.

The Heritage Live Concert Series will take place across two weekends in June, bringing together the best in live music in the most unique of outdoor settings.

One of the most loved and best-selling vocalists of a generation, Alfie Boe, has been announced for the series at Kenwood House, performing on Saturday 16th June.

Inspired by his opera-loving parents from an early age, Boe was first discovered singing on the production line in a Lancashire car factory. His incredible rise to fame since has seen him take on opera, the West End, Broadway and storm the pop charts.

His many career highlights have included starring in Baz Luhrmann’s 2002 Broadway revival of La Bohème, for which he was awarded a coveted Tony Award, leading the cast of Les Miserables as Valjean in the West End production (including the world famous 25th Anniversary performance at the O2 Arena in 2010), and performing for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations at Windsor Castle. He was also awarded a blue plaque in his hometown of Fleetwood, as part of BBC Music Day.

Last year, he reached Double Platinum status with the Christmas No1 album ‘Together’, made with great friend Michael Ball OBE. The pair returned this year with yet another No 1 album, the recently released “Together Again” , another sold out tour and one hour ITV Special. This year, he also took to American stages as young mod Jimmy in Pete Townshend’s seminal rock opera, Classic Quadrophenia alongside Billy Idol and Townshend.

The audience at Kenwood House can expect an incredible performance from Boe, singing an assortment of songs taken from his hugely successful and diverse career, accompanied by an ensemble of stellar musicians for the evening.

Alfie says, “I’m so happy to be returning to one of my favourite venues to play. I plan on creating a real nostalgic party vibe along with some of my old classics. Can’t wait to be back at Kenwood. Love to you all”.

Giles Cooper, the Managing Director of GCE, has been involved in some of the most memorable live experiences in the UK for almost three decades, including variety shows such as Sunday Night At The Palladium, and is the Chairman and Executive Producer of the annual Royal Variety Performance. He said, “Alfie really is in a league of his own and we can’t wait to welcome him to Hampstead Heath in June on our first Saturday night of our Kenwood Summer concert series. It will undoubtedly be a very special night to remember.”

Tickets go on sale to English Heritage members on Thursday 14th December, and general on sale Friday 15th December.

Kenwood

The concert is at
Kenwood House, Hampstead Lane, Highgate, London, NW3 7JR.

For English Heritage Members click on
www.heritagelive.net/presale

For general on sale tickets click on www.ticketline.co.uk
 

Lee Mead 10th Anniversary Tour

Lee Mead

Lee Mead is celebrating - it’s 10 years since the Holby City star won the coveted starring role of Joseph in the 2007 stage revival - an event that catapulted him into the public eye. To celebrate this anniversary Lee will embark on a yearlong tour – Lee Mead – 10 Years – The Anniversary Tour in 2017/18. The first of the celebratory dates will be a Christmas show in London’s West End to be followed by dates throughout 2018. And what’s more, Lee has another treat for his fans with the release of a brand new album simply titled Lee Mead – 10 Years, set for release on 23rd February 2018 – just in time for Mother’s Day.

The album Lee Mead – 10 Years will feature twelve of Lee’s favourite tracks that he has performed over the years, amongst which will be show songs Dancing Through Life (Wicked), Hushabye Mountain from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Maria (West Side Story), Close Every Door (Joseph), As Long As You’re Mine – a duet with Rachel Tucker from Wicked, Bring Him Home (Les Miserables) along with interpretations of some contemporary numbers including Everything, With Or Without You, Leave Right Now, Let Her Down Easy, All Of Me, and Blackbird. Lee Mead – 10 Years is produced by Simon Small, whose credits include work with Michael Xavier, and John Illsley (Dire Straits)

In the past 10 years, Lee has managed to successfully combine music with stage and screen with on screen roles in Holby City and Casualty, stage roles in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Legally Blonde, Wicked, West End Men and of course his iconic starring role in Joseph, along with his live music tours and album releases. Lee is also a regular in Panto and took to the stage last year at the London Palladium as Prince Charming in Cinderella and this year stars at Southend’s Cliffs Pavilion in Jack and the Beanstalk.

For more information about Lee Mead visit www.leemead.co.uk
 

Michael Bublé
at Hyde Park

Michael Bublé

Barclaycard presents Michael Bublé at British Summer Time Hyde Park. Michael Bublé – a true global superstar in his only UK performance. The ‘King of Cool’ will be dazzling Hyde Park at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park on Friday 13th July.

Michael Bublé’s classic voice, endearing charm and sheer panache have seen him compared with the great singers and entertainers. He has carved a unique place in the hearts of fans around the world and lit up pop charts since his debut album in 2005, bringing jazz standards to a new generation while scoring his own original hits including the unforgettable global smashes ‘Home’, ‘Haven’t Met You Yet’, ‘Everything’ and ‘Lost’.

Michael Bublé says,
I can’t wait to come over to see my fans in London and play BST Hyde Park for my largest ever UK show! You guys have been patient and I can't thank you enough for all your support. And for those of you that haven’t seen me live, well… I just haven’t met you yet!

With 3 UK Number 1 albums and a classic ‘Christmas’ album to his name, he is an artist welcomed in every household.

Nobody But Me, his seventh major label studio album, was released in October 2016. The record debuted at Number 2 on the UK charts and went platinum in the UK in January. Alongside classic jazz and standards, it features beautiful collaborations with pop stars Meghan Trainor and Harry Styles.

Michael has toured the globe 5 times and his last trip in 2013 was witnessed by over 2 millions fans, including an amazing run of 12 sold out shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Hyde Park proudly hosts one the world’s favourite entertainers, adding another legend to its roll of honour.

With three huge headliners announced for Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park 2018 so far, music lovers can expect another phenomenal year from the award-winning festival, all in the heart of London.

On Friday 6th July, music icon Roger Waters will be bringing his Us + Them Tour to the UK for the first time ever. The Pink Floyd visionary is noted for taking his sonic and visual experimentation to breath-taking levels and turning rock n roll into theatre on the grandest scale. Waters will be showcasing highlights from his groundbreaking body of work, with songs from Pink Floyd’s greatest albums (Wish You Were Here, The Wall, Animals, Dark Side of The Moon), along with tracks from his critically acclaimed new album “Is This the Life We Really Want?”.

On Saturday 14th July, Hawaiian troubadour Bruno Mars will be performing fresh off the back of his ‘24K Magic World Tour’, which spans over 172 shows across five continents in support of his 2x platinum-selling album 24K Magic. The UK leg of the tour included four critically acclaimed shows at London’s O2 Arena. Now, Mars is set to return to the UK, taking to the stage at in Hyde Park with a dazzling visual production and a set-list crammed full of his chart-topping hits.

For details visit www.bst-hydepark.com
 

Jimmy Webb, The Cake and the Rain

Jimmy Webb

Now in its third year, the Roundhouse presents In the Round 2018, a series of shows devoted to intimate performances set in the venue’s iconic main space, staged in a rarely seen fully-seated concert set up. As part of the programme of eight very special performances, ‘In the Round’ welcomes, Jimmy Webb on Thursday 1st February

Jimmy Webb’s name is synonymous with American songwriting. His hits span genres from country to pop to disco to hip-hop and his musical collaborations are as varied as his songs. Indeed, his songs have been sung by some of the greatest voices of all time including Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Art Garfunkel Linda Ronstadt, Barbra Streisand, Nina Simone, Kanye West and of course, Glen Campbell for whom he wrote such iconic songs as ‘By the Time I Get to Phoenix’, ’Wichita Lineman’ and ‘Galveston’.

Webb holds a rare position in the world of popular music – both composer and lyricist for all of his works, he is the only artist to have won Grammy Awards in music, lyrics, and orchestration and was the youngest person ever inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016 Rolling Stone Magazine listed Webb as one of the top 50 songwriters of all time.

For In the Round, Webb will preview his brand new memoir, ‘The Cake and the Rain’ taking the audience through his extraordinary life of the late 60s and early 70s. Delivering a snapshot of his early life, catapulting from Oklahoma farm boy to Hollywood cover boy, he reveals his deep and abiding storytelling ability offering insight into the moments that inspired his biggest selling songs. Anecdotes about larger than life characters from a chance encounter with Louis Armstrong to being recognized from the stage by Sinatra, to an album with Art Garfunkel to run-ins with the Beatles are illustrated by songs from the period. Webb takes his audience on experiential ride of the hedonistic 60s and early 70s living fast and furious, until the demon of drug addiction took away almost everything including the music.

Born in Oklahoma in 1946, Webb dutifully learned how to play piano at his mother’s insistence and developed a talent for improvisation while playing music in his father’s church services. Jimmy found himself on his own when he was only 17 and knew he had to make his way in the music industry to survive and fulfil his destiny.

Success came quickly. “Up, Up, and Away” won the Grammy for Song of the Year in 1967. A solid musical identity and sense of direction proved to be more elusive. An early experimenter incorporating technology and music, and using classical arrangements in pop songs, Webb’s songs for Glen Campbell, Johnny Rivers, and Frank Sinatra brought both fame and money, but placed him distinctly musically apart from the artists he admired like Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson.

Webb’s first book, Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting, in addition to being a good read, is considered a “bible” among musicians. He continues to write and record, and has released ten solo albums since the 1970s, while also writing for other artists. His latest two CDs, Just Across the River and Still Within the Sound of My Voice 9 (2013), feature duets on some of his biggest songs with friends including Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Michael McDonald, Mark Knopfler, Brian Wilson, and more.

For more information about the concert visit www.roundhouse.org.uk
 

Music


Sixtyplusurfers Interview


Gerry O'Connor from
The
Dublin Legends

Gerry O'Connor

Interview by Jenny Itzcovitz


The Dublin Legends will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a 10 date UK Tour in March. We caught up with Gerry O'Connor, tenor banjo player, to find out more about the band and its origins as The Dubliners. He talks about a new album which is planned for release later in the year and gives us a flavour of some of the music you can look forward to in their tour.

Can you tell us about yourself and how you joined The Dubliners?

I was born in 1960 and The Dubliners were already on their way to stardom at this stage. I became aware of them while I was at primary school where we sang songs that were covered by The Dubliners such as Whisky in the Jar and Wild Rover.

I come from a very musical family which is steeped in traditional music and it was the instrumental music of Barney McKenna (banjo), John Sheahan (fiddle), Ciaran Burke (tin whistle) that really grabbed my attention and inspired me to play the banjo when I was 12 years old. Also they were constantly on Irish Radio and TV during the late 60s and 70s. They were part of the tapestry of my childhood and the broader Irish culture of my youth.

What did you enjoy most about becoming a part of The Dubliners?

Dubliners


I began guesting with The Dubliners during the 2000s as Barney’s health started to deteriorate then and he wasn’t able to be there for the longer arduous tours in Europe. It struck me that the outfit was more a family than just a band, with close personal ties to the technical staff, road crew, agents and of course the audience.

It was a privilege to perform the songs of my youth with the people who made them popular worldwide.

In 2012, the band became The Dublin Legends. Can you tell us more about this and why the name changed?

Following the death of Barney McKenna, John Sheahan also retired from the band, and as the last remaining founder member, he also retired The Dubliners name. Though the remaining members Eamonn Campbell (RIP), Sean Cannon, Patsy Watchorn continued on, we felt it correct and proper to let The Dubliners moniker also retire gracefully out of respect.

The Dublin Legends was born, and you could say it contains the spirit of The Dubliners.

Who are the current members of The Dublin Legends and what instruments do you play?

The Dublin Legends

The current members of The Dublin Legends are myself, Gerry O‘Connor - tenor banjo, fiddle and mandolin, Sean Cannon - vocals guitar and mandola, Paul Watchorn - vocals, 5 string banjo and guitar, and Shay Kavanagh guitar and vocals.

What is your favourite song to play and what makes it special to you?

My current favourite is The Galway Races as it's the opening number, but the old hits like Whisky in the Jar, Wild Rover and Dirty Old Town are hard to beat.

You will be touring in 2018. Can you tell us what fans can look forward to and some of the songs you will be singing?

We like to engage with the audiences wherever we play and get them to sing along, and if there's space, dance a jig.

Most people know a lot of the lyrics to these songs so it makes our job so enjoyable. It's lovely to hear The Fields of Athenry, The Irish Rover and Dicey Reilly sung with us by the people.

How do you prepare for a tour like this and keep your voices in good shape and stay in good health?

The days of heavy drinking and week long parties are really only paper talk and wishful thinking by the media. It's hard work, the travelling and sound checks seem endless at times as does the daily quest for some food to keep the energy levels up.

Our down time is either working in the studio or playing music with our family and friends at a social level. I live by the sea so I go for daily walks and of course there's always household chores to catch up on which build up while we are away on tour.

What do you enjoy most about performing live and interacting with the audience?

The Dublin Legends

Gratitude, for being able to do what I feel I was born to do, gracious in victory is just as difficult as in defeat but one must strive to feel thankful for our lives in some small way, daily or nightly as in our case.

The Dubliners have had some interesting collaborations over the years, I particularly like The Irish Rover which you recorded with The Pogues in 1987 which reached No.8 in the UK Singles Chart and No.1 in The Irish Singles Chart. Can you tell us about the song and why you think it was so popular?

The Irish Rover and the collaboration with The Pogues was driven by Eamonn Campbell of the Dubliners. He was an experienced producer and knew a hit when he heard it . He was also cognisant of the Irish diaspora in Britain and recognised that The Pogues and The Dubliners would tap into this culture abroad.

It was a fusion of the manic punk energy of the young people with the more experienced hell raisers of old. Everyone understood where both parties were coming from and what a hymn sheet it turned out to be for the public.

You’ve also performed with the lovely Imelda May, I really like the rendition of I Wish I Had Someone To Love Me which she recently sang with you. Can you tell us more about this?

Imelda May and The Dubliners


Imelda May is from the oldest part of Dublin called The Liberties, and Barney McKenna was the quintessential Dubliner who sang this song.

Imelda loved this song and of course loved The Dubliners, so it was a very natural collaboration which is evident from the performances on TV.

The band has many traditional instruments. Do you have any favourites or anything unusual that you play?

I would love to be better on the piano (as would millions of other music students). I'd loved to have kept up the guitar as electric guitar is such an international instrument.

I can’t play wind instruments, I must be missing the DNA code to accomplish these tasks.

Over the years you’ve toured around the world, bringing traditional Irish music to the people. What have been your favourite venues, and do you have any special memories you can share?

Honestly the venues start to merge into each other over the years as we see countless dressing rooms, green room and stages.

But I think the Royal Albert hall contains a magnetism for most musicians that I've met who have been lucky to grace its stage.

What projects are you working on at the moment? And what are your plans for 2018?

We have another album almost ready to go, also some tracks from our dearly departed Eamonn Campbell are on it, so we are concentrating on getting this out as soon as possible.

I work as a session musician also when not touring, and have a few projects to do between tours.

Do you have a special message for readers of Sixtyplusurfers?

Gerry O'Connor

My father is 91 years old and still plays music almost every day. Both he and my mother have a better social life than me, so if that's anything to go by, 60 is the new 30.

I wish you plenty of health and happiness and a stress free life from here on. You have to dream!

For more information about The Dublin Legends visit the website at www.thedublinlegends.com 

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Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce Autumn
2018 Arena Tour


Jeff Lynne

 

Following triumphant shows at Wembley Stadium, Hull KCOM Stadium, Sheffield Arena and Glasgow SSE Hydro earlier this summer, Jeff Lynne’s ELO announce 8 arena shows for Autumn 2018 including a show at the O2 Arena Wednesday 17th October 2018.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO play the following Arena dates in Autumn 2018:

September 2018

Sunday  30th Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena

October 2018

Wednesday 3rd Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena

Friday 5th Manchester, Manchester Arena

Tuesday 9th Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena

Wednesday 10th Birmingham, Arena Birmingham

Monday 15th Leeds, First Direct Arena

Wednesday 17th London, O2 Arena

Tuesday 23rd Liverpool, Echo Arena

Looking ahead to the new shows, Jeff says, “Our audiences are amazing. It’s like they’re in the group. We can’t wait to play for them again.”

More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne’s ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical, ELO has had twenty six UK Top 40 singles, making Lynne's sweeping productions some of the most recognisable music of the last forty years and helping sell over 50 million records worldwide.

June’s stunning Wembley Stadium gig is being immortalised in the live DVD ‘Wembley Or Bust’, which is available to buy now.

In ‘Wembley or Bust’, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd.

Widely agreed upon as one of the greatest record producers in music history, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.

Tickets for the Autumn 2018 tour are priced at £115, £90, £80, £65, £50 and are available from www.livenation.co.uk

Jeff Lynne also has a website at www.jefflynneselo.com 

   Sixtyplusurfers Competition

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    Here To Love' by
 Sébastien Izambard


Win 'We Came Here to Love' by Sébastien Izambard


Sixtyplusurfers has teamed up with Entertainment One to offer three lucky readers the chance to win 'We Came Here To Love', the new album by Sébastien Izambard.

Sébastien Izambard, one quarter of the massive classical crossover group Il Divo , announces his debut UK solo album ‘We Came Here To Love’ released February 2nd 2018 on Entertainment One. ‘We Came Here To Love’ is a natural step forward for the self-taught French singer/guitarist/pianist, who also produced the record.

"Being a part of Il Divo has afforded me a great opportunity to tour the world and get exposed to all different kinds of music," says Sébastien Izambard, a tenor. "This album is far from what anybody would expect from me. I wanted to show a side of me that has nothing to do with Il Divo. I was a pop artist before, and it's something I wanted to do and haven't done in 20 years and now it's the right time in my life for it. I wrote many of the songs and I'm so excited to put it out there for people to hear."

Sébastien Izambard

The album features 11 original songs written or co-written by Sébastien Izambard and showcases his eclectic influences from The Weeknd and Coldplay to James Blake and Adele, from pop and dance to the classical crossover that he's known for.

The Paris native began playing guitar and piano as a child, and his love of music grew from there. "Music became my food, my therapy and my savior," said Sébastien Izambard. He released his debut album in 2000 before joining Il Divo in 2003. That group has gone on to become one of the most popular crossover groups of all time, selling over 30 million records worldwide.

Track list

1. We Came Here To Love
2. Kingdom Come
3. Up
4. Unchained
5. Goodbye My Lover
6. Ashes
7. Blind Heart
8. Love Again
9. Why
10. Cheer Me Up
11. Easy

About Sébastien Izambard

Sébastien Izambard

Born and raised in a single-parent household in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, Sébastien Izambard taught himself to play guitar, piano and sing. At the age of five, he begun "composing" songs on his piano. He didn't grow up with much wealth but his childhood taught him the value of friendship and family and he learned to embrace the life of a touring musician, packing his equipment into a van and taking to the road.

A solo artist whose songs had an affinity with Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice, he toured with French legend Johnny Halliday, opening his shows for him and eventually becoming an established star in his homeland: his 2000 solo album, Libre, brought him a number one single, "Si Tu Savais," in France. Sébastien Izambard is a talented writer as well, writing for many different French artists before joining the international musical sensation Il Divo. He has written with Darren Hayes, Ramin Karimloo, Guy Chambers, and Don Black.

Sébastien Izambard was sought out by Carlos Marin (current member of Il Divo) and urged to audition. Sébastien Izambard performed "Caruso" while playing the piano himself, and Simon Cowell heard him and offered him the job that same day. Since then, Il Divo has had success both domestically and across the world, all while pioneering the genre of operatic pop. The multi-national classical crossover vocal group has released nine albums since 2004 which have sold for a combined 30+ million copies worldwide.

Sébastien Izambard has done his share of solidarity work, which he calls "essential to his life". He is an active member of the Assistance Medicale Toit du Monde (ANTM) which helps poor children in Nepal and India, and has raffled several of his Armani suits for the charity. In November 2014 and in partnership with his wife Renée Izambard, Sébastien Izambard led an ambitious project to raise money for Isla and Jude, brother and sister suffering from the rare and fatal disease Sanfilippo Syndrome. In association with 15 different Australian artists including Darren Hayes, Empire of the Sun's Luke Steele, and Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea, and help of Sony Music Australia, he produced Hope for Isla and Jude, a single showcasing Kate Bush classic This Woman's Work, which was released on December 5, 2014. He is also a global ambassador of the Australian Sanfilippo Children's Foundation.

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Blossom Time
at
Crazy Coqs  


Blossom Time at Ronnie Scott's with Zoe Francis


One of the most highly-rated and now established jazz singers in the UK, Zoe Francis, presents songs by the famous Blossom Dearie in a show at Crazy Coqs and tickets are now on sale.

The remarkably named Blossom Dearie – so nicknamed by her mother after the flowers delivered at her birth, was an American jazz singer and pianist. She had a unique and recognisably light and girlish voice. One of the last supper club/cabaret performers, she performed regular engagements in London – her live albums recorded at Ronnie Scott’s are collectors must haves - and New York City over many years.

She collaborated with many musicians, including Johnny Mercer, Miles Davis, Jack Segal, Johnny Mandel, Duncan Lamont, and Dave Frishberg, among others. Here she is in Cabaret performing Dave Frishberg's "Peel Me A Grape".



Zoe Francis, evoking the style and charm of Blossom Dearie, presents songs by the famous Blossom writing duo Comden and Green, together with material by Dave Frishberg - including the infamous I'm Hip, co written by Bob Dorough, plus several songs by Cy Coleman.

Zoe Francis

Supported by an all star trio of Jim Mullen, guitar, Barry Green, piano and Mick Hutton, bass, Zoe – recently performing in London’s Jazz Divas series, arrives at Crazy Coqs following successful presentations of the music of Blossom Dearie at Ronnie Scotts & The Pheasantry.

Jim Mullen is a multi-award winning guitarist with a unique jazz style and sound, who is regarded as the high priest of the instrument by most young jazz guitarists. His quartet was in existence for six years from 1996 and is one of the most powerful ever to appear on the British jazz scene.

Here's a delightful taste of Zoe and Jim with the romantic "The Very Thought of You".



All the songs in the show are being recorded on Zoe’s new album, "Blossom Time".

Blossom Time - the music of Blossom Dearie featuring Zoe Francis & Jim Mullen is on Wednesday February 21st at Crazy Coqs, 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED. Performance: 7pm Tickets: £17.50 Tel: 0207 734 4888.

For details click on www.brasseriezedel.com 

For tickets click on www.jbgbevents.com

Should you wish to enjoy dinner or a light bite to eat before or after your show, Brasserie Zédel is located just across the foyer from Crazy Coqs.

To book a table, please call 020 7734 4888 or visit www.brasseriezedel.com/reservations

 

Don't Make Me Over
UK Tour for
Dionne Warwick


Dionne Warwick

Soul/Pop Legend, Dionne Warwick will be returning to the UK for her 2018 tour ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ Featuring the classic hits; ‘ Walk On By’, ‘Any One Who Had A Heart’, ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’, ‘Don’t Make Me Over’, ‘Heartbreaker’ and many more!

Dionne Warwick is a true hero of our time, her sheer class and elegant charisma shine from the stage as she performs some of the most beautifully written classics from 5 decades. Her supreme vocals will be complimented by an orchestral accompaniment at The Royal Albert Hall, where the tour commences on September 18th 2018, never a more befitting venue for such music royalty!

Working with Burt Baccarach and Hal David, Warwick ranks amongst one of the 40 biggest hit makers of the entire rock era and is one of most charted female singers of all time, with over 56 hits to her name. Hailing from New Jersey, her rise to fame saw her foundations in gospel, first getting noticed singing backing vocals for The Drifters.

In 1962 her first solo single ‘Don’t Make Me Over’ launched her career and marked her as a musician of the highest calibre. Two years later ‘Walk on By’ firmly established Dionne’s musical heritage, with 5 Grammy’s to follow and a lifetime of musical achievements. Everyone has a favourite Dionne Warwick song, from ‘Do You Know The Way To San Jose’ (released 1969) to ‘That’s What Friends Are For’, her collaboration in 1987 with Elton John, Gladys Knight & Stevie Wonder.

More recently Dionne has been recording a new album produced by Phil Ramone, featuring new material from her long time friend, icon and composer Burt Baccarach. Her live show is hit after hit of sheer joy and brilliance. Scintillating, soothing and sensual, for 50 years, Dionne’s voice has remained a cornerstone of pop music and culture.

Tour Dates:

18/09/2018 Royal Albert Hall

19/09/2018 Cardiff - St David's Hall

20/09/2018 Birmingham Symphony Hall

22/09/2018 Glasgow Armadillo

24/09/2018 Gateshead Sage

For tickets visit www.seetickets.com