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Hugh Bonneville to host THE NIGHT OF 1000 Voices at Royal Albert Hall May 6th

The Night of 1000 Voices 

Hosted by Hugh Bonneville – star of Downton Abbey 
New performers announced include: Brent Barrett, Debbie Kurup and Matt Wycliffe 
There will also be performances from: Bonnie Langford, Peter Polycarpou & Kerry Ellis, winner of Jo Hutchinson International Best Solo Performance at the Whatsonstage.com Awards (2012) 

The distinguished British actor and star of Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville will host The Night of 1000 Voices at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday May 6th, taking a rare day-off from filming series 3 of the hit television drama.

Hugh Bonneville
New additions to the cast of critically acclaimed musical theatre performers are: Brent Barrett (Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular, Chicago (Broadway), Annie Get Your Gun (Broadway), Debbie Kurup (forthcoming The Bodyguard), Matt Wycliffe (Bob Gaudio in The Jersey Boys), Lee Ormsby (The Phantom of the Opera Tour), Ian Knauer (By Jeeves on Broadway) and Chloe Hart (Wicked and Hairspray).

Supported by the 1000 Voices Choir and the City of London Philharmonic orchestra, these performers will join previously announced West End stars Kerry Ellis, Ricardo Afonso, Daniel Boys, Bonnie Langford, Peter Polycarpou, Clive Rowe, Caroline Sheen and Sally Ann Triplett. Germany’s leading man, Yngve Gasoy-Romdal, and perennial favourite, DMJ (David Michael Johnson) will also be appearing in the concert, produced and directed by Hugh Wooldridge, for the benefit of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research.

The Night of 1000 Voices will be performed twice on Sunday May 6, 2012 at 4.00pm & 8.00pm. Some tickets are still available for the matinee performance, added due to popular demand.

Kerry Ellis
 Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research says: “Kerry Ellis, and her producer and director Hugh Wooldridge, has supported Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research with two outstanding performances at The Night of 1000 Voices and ANTHEMS: the Concert and we are delighted that, on top of the fund-raising success, her performance has been recognized with the Whatsonstage.com Best Solo Performance Award. We’re looking forward to working with her again at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday May 6. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is entirely supported by well-meaning individuals coming together to support our charity. We are so happy that the musical theatre community supports us with such open hearts, arms and pockets.”

Hugh Wooldridge, Producer and Director of the Award-Winning Anthems, The Concert and The Night of 1000 Voices says: “I have always been a huge fan of Kerry’s since we worked together on Chess in Concert. She is a major talent and it is great that she has been recognised by this Whatsonstage.com Award. I look forward to a reunion with her at the Royal Albert Hall with her choreographer, Steven Paling, on May 6, 2012 for The Night of 1000 Voices.”

For this Olympic and Diamond Jubilee Year The Night of 1000 Voices will be celebrating the Best of British including some of the most requested songs from Evita, The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Misérables and, new for 2012, Miss Saigon.

The charity concert will again be for the benefit of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research is dedicated to saving lives through leading UK research into better treatments and cures for all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on people coming together to fundraise.

The West End’s distinguished maestros, Stuart Morley and David Firman, will once again supervise the massed musical forces.

The Night of 1000 Voices takes place on Sunday May 6, 2012
4.00pm & 8.00pm

Tickets start at £17.50 and are available from the Royal Albert Hall box office on 020 7589 8212
or by visiting www.royalalberthall.com

For more information about the event please visit
http://www.thenightof1000voices.com/

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