Wednesday, 2 March 2016


CLASSICAL group Collabro might have come from a reality TV show but they ooze a quality that transcends the hackneyed format.
The five lads each offer something different for fans - from high to low on the singing scale - and grungy to polished on the looks side, but on the night they were suited and booted and blended together perfectly.
Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgrave have come a long way since winning the eighth series of BGT in 2014 and their performance at Glasgow's  Royal Concert Hall was one of their best yet. 
Mash ups were promised on the night  as well as songs from their album Act Two, but there were a few nice surprises along the way.
Five part harmonies shone on songs like Somewhere Only We Know while the lads got to do a bit of swing with That's Life, bringing even more life to their set. 
Their chat on stage was natural, and they even managed to laugh things off when Richard arrived late on stage from the dressing room. He claimed he was putting on his tie.
There were some original vocal arrangements on tracks like No Matter What, originally suggested to the the boys by former Boyzone manager Louis Walsh.
A section of the show devoted to The Phantom of the Opera played perfectly and gave Scots soprano Catriona Murray another chance to shine too. She gave Sarah Brightman a run for her money.
Songs like A Thousand Years were pitch perfect while the boy's attempt at twisting Mumford and Sons also thrilled their Collaborators.
Standing ovations were order of the night during this sold out gig and this, we're sure,  will be one of the last chances to see Collabro in a smaller venue before they play arenas. 



4th SOUTHEND – Cliff Pavilion

6th LLANDUDNO – Cymru Theatre

8th LIVERPOOL - Philharmonic Hall

9th CARLISLE – Sands Centre

11th SHEFFIELD – City Hall

12th BRIGHTON – Centre

14th GATESHEAD – Sage 1

15th NOTTINGHAM – Royal Concert Hall

17th  CAMBRIDGE – Corn Exchange

18th STOKE ON TRENT – Regent Theatre

19th CARDIFF – Motorpoint Arena

21st BRISTOL – Colston Hall

22nd WATFORD – Colosseum

24th PLYMOUTH – Pavilions 

25th BOURNEMOUTH – International Centre 

26th LONDON – Royal Albert Hall

28th OXFORD – New Theatre

29th & 30TH BIRMINGHAM – Symphony Hall


1ST GRIMSBY – Auditorium 

2nd LEICESTER – De Montfort Hall

3rd GUILDFORD – G Live

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