West End and Broadway star Alfie Boe will be joined by the Military Wives Choir when he headlines a special Armed Forces Day concert at Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre this summer.
The chart-topping tenor and star of such legendary stage productions as Les Misérables and La Bohème will play Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre on Saturday June 25.
And for the second year running Alfie will be joined on stage by Military Wives Choir York, who are part of the famed Military Wives Choir network, which now spans across the world with more than 3,000 members.
Last year, they accompanied Alfie in a stunning rendition of the Snow Patrol and Leona Lewis classic Run as well as performing their own set of uplifting songs to entertain the patriotic audience at the OAT.
Helen Martin-Andrews, who is part of the 30-plus strong York choir made up of wives and partners of serving Armed Forces personnel and veterans, said: “We absolutely loved last year and cannot wait to perform with Alfie again.
“He is such a lovely guy and an incredible singer. To share the stage with him will again be the highlight of our year.
“The work starts now to be ready for the big night, but it’s a dream come true.”
The concert is promoted by Cuffe and Taylor who are bringing Bryan Adams, Simply Red, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Status Quo, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbot, Will Young and the Legends of Pop for a series of shows at Scarborough OAT this summer.
Cuffe and Taylor Director Peter Taylor said: “We are delighted that for a second year the Military Wives York will grace the stage alongside Britain’s superstar tenor Alfie Boe.
“The nation fell in love with the Military Wives on TV and again through their many performances across the UK and beyond. The York choir are wonderful, they are an inspirational group of women and we are delighted they will be singing live at Scarborough OAT for what promises to be a night to remember.”
This year marks Military Wives York’s third anniversary. As well as performing with Alfie the choir, whose members range in age from their 20s to their 60s, have shared the stage with the likes of Aled Jones and pop legend Lulu.
The Military Wives network was created following the hugely successful TV show inspired by choir master extraordinaire Gareth Malone and is now a crucial part of life for many women whose partners are often deployed around the globe.
Helen added: “Wherever we are in the world, the choirs give each of us a chance to make a difference where we live and enable us to adapt to our new communities with ease.
“We bring women in the military community closer together through singing and, as much as we love it, performing is just one part of what we do.
“Moving with our loved ones, often every two years, can be tough. Making friends and creating a support network every time you move takes time. Our choirs give the ladies who join, a head start in making new friends. We’re a community for thousands of women who know that we are here for one another. Sometimes we are simply somewhere to go for a cup of tea and a catch up on a cold, wet rehearsal night.”
Alfie Boe’s concert with the Military Wives will be part of a special Armed Forces Day celebration at Scarborough OAT on June 25.
Thousands of people are once again expected to flock to Scarborough for an action-packed programme of thrilling displays, interactive exhibits, marching bands and parades by service veterans.
Tickets for Alfie Boe’s fully seated concert are available from Ticketmaster.co.uk on 0844 844 0444 or in person at Scarborough Open Air Theatre Box.