Since 1999, The Night of 1000 Voices has delighted capacity audiences at the Royal Albert Hall whilst raising money for charity. This year, The Night of 1000 Voices will be celebrating its 10th birthday, the 80th birthday of Stephen Sondheim and the 50th Anniversary of this year's charity, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Performers to be introduced by the much-loved, AlEd Jones, include London and Broadway's Kerry Ellis (Oliver!, Wicked, Les Misérables) and Adam Pascal (Rent, Chess in Concert) and multi-Olivier Award-winning Philip Quast (Les Misérables, Evita, La Cage Aux Folles); also, the popular The Night of 1000 Voices regulars, Teri Bibb (Broadway's Christine in The Phantom of the Opera), Kenneth Nichols (Lyric Opera of Chicago) and David Michael Johnson (We Will Rock You in Stuttgart) who will return with his show-stopping Jesus Christ Superstar. Joining these performers on stage will be a VIP special musical guest with Robin Cousins and the original Calendar Girls. Gloria Hunniford and Ainsley Harriott will also make an appearance at the evening performance.
This year there will be a birthday tribute to Stephen Sondheim, as well as the most requested favourites from the last 10 years - including You'll Never Walk Alone, The Tonight Quintet, It Ain't Necessarily So, and Don't Cry For Me Argentina.
In 2010, The Night of 1000 Voices will be for the benefit of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. This is the only UK charity solely dedicated to saving lives through research into better treatments and cures for all blood cancers including leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Cathy Gilman, Chief Executive, says: "Since 1960, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has invested in world-class research and survival rates have increased dramatically for patients with leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. However, there's still a long way to go and money raised from this evening will help us get closer to a cure. We are delighted that the original Calendar Girls from North Yorkshire will be our very special guests."
The West End's distinguished conductors, Mark Warman, Stuart Morley and David Firman, will supervise the massed musical forces and the director, Hugh Wooldridge, says "This evening is a must for all who love musicals. Come along and hear the best performers in the world performing some of the greatest songs. Come and join in the fun; come and raise funds for this splendid charity whilst raising the roof of the Royal Albert Hall."
The Night of 1000 Voices takes place on Sunday May 2, 2010 at 4.00pm and 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 (4.00pm performance are at lower preview prices)