I’ve written about a few musical theatre concerts which are coming up in the next few months, but there is one which I haven’t mentioned yet which certainly warrants a little write-up. The annual The Night of 1000 Voices comes to the Royal Albert Hall in May 2012 and if previous incarnations of the event are anything to go by, this year’s promises to be another unmissable night.
Established in 1999, The Night of 1000 Voices is a musical fundraiser featuring some of the biggest and best stars from the West End and Broadway performing in aid of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, an unfunded charity working towards developing better treatment and finding a cure for cancers of the blood, such as leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. On Sunday 6th May 2012, a collection of talented ‘voices of the stage’ will gather again in support of the charity and to thrill and delight an audience of thousands. Confirmed to appear direct from London’s West End so far are: Ricardo Afonso, Joanna Ampil, Daniel Boys, Tiffany Graves, Bonnie Langford, Peter Polycarpou, Clive Rowe, Caroline Sheen, Sally Ann Triplett and Kerry Ellis, returning to the RAH following her 2011 ANTHEMS: The Concert. Yngve Gasoy Romdal, one of Germany’s top leading men is also participating, as is 1000 Voices regular David Michael Johnson and there are some special VIP guests still to be announced.
To coincide with the upcoming Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, 1000 Voices will be centred around a Best of British theme with songs from some of the UK’s most celebrated musicals featuring in the concert alongside some lesser-known works. Shows already mentioned include Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, The Lion King and We Will Rock You.
Following in the footsteps of the likes of Christopher Biggins, Downtown Abbey star Hugh Bonneville will take on hosting duties for the night, joined once again by the 1000 Voices Massed Choir from all over the British Isles and the City of London Philharmonic. On the pipes of the RAH’s revered organ is Stephen Disley, with esteemed West End maestros Stuart Morley and David Firmin bringing all the musical aspects together. Hugh Woodridge, who is set to direct the night’s proceedings, recently described 1000 Voices as, “a must for musical theatre fans” and urged people to support the charity by coming along to “hear the best performers in the world performing some of the greatest songs”.
Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive of Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research spoke out about the work the charity does by investing in world-class research that has helped to dramatically increase survival rates in blood cancer patients. Although great strides have been made towards curing these diseases, Gilman was keen to stress that, “there’s still a long way to go and money raised for this evening will help us get closer to a cure”. In 2010, 1000 Voices raised over £140,000,00 for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research and they hope to exceed that impressive figure in 2012.
The Night of 1000 Voices has everything – phenomenal performers, beloved musical theatre songs and, best of all, your enjoyment can be boosted by the knowledge that you have contributed to an exceptionally good cause. What more could you ask for?
By Julie Robinson (@missjulie25)
27th March 2012