Review of Alfie Boe at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

Reporter:

Naomi Penrose

 

SUPERSTAR tenor Alfie Boe dazzled his audience with a class act performance on the fourth night of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. 

Best known for his critically acclaimed performances as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables, Boe gave the Llangollen audience a taste of that on Thursday night with numbers such as Who Am I and the goosebump-inducing Bring Him Home

Boe, dubbed Britain’s Favourite Tenor, is no stranger to the annual, cultural festival, with this year being his fourth time at the Eisteddfod. 

The night of entertainment entitled Music from the Screen and Stage also featured numbers from Britain’s Got Talent finalist Jonathan Antoine, musical theatre songstress Sophie Evans, as well as some gorgeous numbers from Australian classical saxophone player Amy Dickson. 

The British Sinfonietta orchestra also captivated audiences with the Back to the Future score and the Flying Theme from E.T, which managed to transport me straight back to my childhood. 

Award-winning Boe was the headline act of the night but in fairness to the other performers they held their own and were thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. 

A particular highlight being Sophie Evans’ brilliant rendition of Let It Go from Disney’s Frozen - you know that song EVERYONE knows from the film that EVERYONE talks about - and that showed, with the audience stirring with excitement on her introducing the song and continuing to enjoy it throughout the performance. 

My favourite number of the evening had to be Boe and Evans’ enchanting duet of Come What May from Moulin Rouge

Sadly that duet was the closest audience members got to hearing a group number from the performers, which I think would have been a good finishing touch to the night’s proceedings. 

One other criticism of mine was Boe’s choice of ending, I believe his ending should have been his Les Misérables numbers, rather than the songs from Quadrophenia but all in all he was superb and it looked and sounded like fellow audience members agreed with me on that. 

A great night of music from the screen and stage - as the title of the night suggested it would be - and a special mention must go to the Eisteddfod's musical director Eilir Owen Griffiths, conductor Tim Redmond and the Llangollen International Eisteddfod Orchestra, who were seamless throughout. 

 

 

 

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