Dame Shirley Bassey wins the Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Award, presented by Alfie Boe & Michael Ball

Of her award, Dame Shirley Bassey said:

“I’m honoured to be the recipient of this year’s Silver Clef Award. Music is my career. Music is my life. Music is my friend. Music has been there to celebrate the highs and soothe through the lows. I believe everybody has a song inside of them; some people can lose their way in life, some struggle to express themselves – but Nordoff Robbins works with these people to find their inner songbird and true happiness.”


Latest interview with Carlos on plans for new Il Divo project/album

We want to reach a much younger audience’

June 27, 2017

“We are working on a new project, we do not know yet what it will become, but we aim to sing songs for a younger audience, to call a new audience,” warns Spaniard Carlos Marín, 48, a member of Il Divo , A group that comes to Brazil in October for several shows.

“We are not going to focus exclusively on songs from the 1980s or 1990s. We want to create a concept of film too,” says the singer, giving a hint of what is coming, but ending the subject.

The group emerged in 2004, when it was joined by producer Simon Cowell. “It was difficult at first, we had to learn English and build our relationship,” recalls Marín, who has since sung alongside Urs Buhler, David Miller and Sébastien Izambard.

“It was complicated, but now we know what everyone is thinking. We have very good chemistry in the studio,” he continues.

The last album they released together was in 2015, “Amor e Passion”. According to Carlos, there is a project to leave an album every two years, at least.

It has not been so long since the band came to Brazil. Our last visit was in December of last year. Without a very big break between tours, Marín says the show, now, is completely different. “We came before with only Latin songs. Now the concept is totally different,” he says.

“We thought it was time to take our most famous songs to Brazil, the ones everyone asks for. We think that this would bring us closer to the audience,” says Marín.

Asked about what the group likes in Brazil, since it comes with a certain frequency, the singer says: “People are fantastic, and so are your women.”

But he remembered more things: “You have a fantastic way, similar to ours in Spain. Great music and food.”


Review: Twin Peaks (S3 E8/19), Tuesday 27th June, Sky Atlantic

The Killing Times

The first thing to say about this episode is, “wow”. The second thing to say about this episode is, “wah?” It was that kind of episode. Again. Constantly throughout this third series of Twin Peaks, you think you kind-of-maybe-sort-of-know what’s happening and can perhaps kind-of-maybe-sort-of-predict what might happen. But then all your assumptions are ripped up in the most unexpected, mind-frazzling, dazzling way possible, to the extent you sit there in stony silence wondering what the fuckety-fuck just happened. This was one of those episodes.

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My thoughts on outdoor summer concerts and alcohol 

A few days ago I was scrolling through my Twitter when one of my followers mentions she went see Michael Ball & Alfie Boe during “Together Again ” at Hampton Court Palace the evening was marred by some drunks and she was sworn at and almost got caught up in a fight.

I was shocked when she told me what happened I’m used to it at the races but not at a concert especially Michael & Alfie !

Remember its just a small minority of so called “fans” who are out to ruin it for fellow concert goers I’m not saying don’t drink just know your limits and be respectful of others ☺
I would love to film it and show them the day after there’s a time and place for it.
I also don’t get how some people think it’s acceptable to behave like that in public I’m not big drinker I obect to rude and obnoxious drunks though.
But I draw theline at drunken antics around families with children.