Concert Review: BBC Prom 22 - Naturally 7 - Royal Albert Hall ✭✭✭✭✭

BBC Prom 22 – Naturally 7
Royal Albert Hall

Review by Unsa Chaudri

Monday 29th July 2013: The BBC Proms always deliver a great night out and tonight was no exception, however, tonight’s performance was quite different from what I have come to know of the Proms.

Naturally 7 are an American ‘A Cappella style’ music group comprised of seven members, who manipulate their voice to sound like various musical instruments.

There is Roger Thomas who is the musical director, arranger, 1st baritone and rap; Warren Thomas on percussion, guitar, clarinet and 3rd tenor; Rod Eldridge as 1st tenor, scratching and trumpet; Napoleon (Polo) Cummings as 4th tenor and guitar; Dwight Stewart as 2nd baritone, vocals and trumpet, Garfield Buckley as 3nd tenor and harmonica and ‘Hops’ Hutton on bass.

Naturally 7 wowed the audience with their abilities and Cumming’s electric guitar and Hutton’s bass voice, were particular hits with the audience.

They performed some well-known songs including Seals & Crofts ‘Summer Breeze’, Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’, Sting’s ‘An English Man in New York’, followed by an extract of Jay Z/ Alicia Keys collaboration ‘An Empire State of Mind’ and rounded off with Phil Collins ‘In The Air Tonight’.

They also entertained us with their own original songs including ’Jericho’ and ‘Wall of Sound’, two songs to add to my favourites list. The group primarily used microphones, but we were in for a treat when they asked the audience for complete silence and sang without microphones, showcasing their immense talent.

Naturally 7’s mesmerising abilities, reaching notes I didn’t know were possible - you have to see it to believe it, teamed with their charm, led the audience to give them two standing ovations. Therefore it is only fitting they be awarded my first five star rating. A truly fantastic night out!

Five Stars ✭✭✭✭✭

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