Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 2019 The Big Gig: Alfie Boe, Laura Wright, Heather Small, Suggs, Charles Dance, Eliot Kennedy
Join Sheffield’s own Grammy award-winning songwriter Eliot Kennedy with headline act Alfie Boe, and special guests to celebrate the opening of the Invictus UK Trials in the City. The starry night will also feature military orchestras and choirs, all giving their time to welcome the 475 wounded, injured or sick Veterans and Service people, along with their friends and family, to Sheffield.
The Big Gig is produced and presented by Sheffield’s Grammy award-winning songwriter and producer Eliot Kennedy, and designer Emma Willis, founder of the charity Style for Soldiers.
This event takes place at FlyDSA Arena, which has achieved Bronze Status for disabled access from Attitude Is Everything.
Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe was born in Blackpool to opera loving parents, with his Mother from Co. Mayo and his father from Norway. In this short time he has moved from being a Car Mechanic to an award winning Broadway star. His enchanting voice has captured the hearts of audiences and critics on both sides of the Atlantic.
Alfie has moved further away from his traditional operatic repertoire on recent recordings and has never sounded so coolly contemporary, applying his extraordinary voice to a soulful set of country and blues, folk and gospel, standards and originals such as, ‘Georgia On My Mind’, ‘You’ve Got A Friend’ and ‘Glory, Glory Hallelujah’. His repertoire draws on the full range of his musical interests, from pop to rock to classical to musical theatre.
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Former lead singer with nineties dance outfit M-People, Heather's rich and distinctive voice has earnt her a reputation for being one of Britain's most accomplished soul divas.
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Suggs made his name as the frontman with '80s chart-toppers Madness and has taken that wacky zaniness with him through a career as an actor (a lead character who exploded in the first ten minutes!) and TV compere (small-screen karaoke anyone?).
'Suggs is an effortlessly engaging raconteur' (Simon Price, Sunday Independent)
'... the charisma of an accomplished actor... the timing of a veteran standup' (Mark Lawson, The Guardian)
'Very funny, and delivered with a sense of timing and phrasing that many common-or-garden comics could learn much from' (Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph).
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Eliot Kennedy, a Grammy award-winning songwriter and music producer from Sheffield, who has had hits with a host of International stars including Bryan Adams, Celine Dion and the Spice Girls. With over 20 top ten hits, an Ivor Novello award, a Grammy Award and a Golden Globe nomination to his name Eliot Kennedy is one of the most highly regarded songwriter/producers in the world.
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