Rookie Reviewer Melissa Churchill shares her thoughts ahead of Collabro...
Four years ago, stood on the audition stage for Britain’s Got Talent were Michael Auger, Richard Hadfield, Jamie Lambert, Matthew Pagan and Thomas J Redgrave who surprised us all and mesmerised the nation with their stunning rendition of ‘Stars’ from Les Miserables. The ambitious 5 piece earned themselves the first of many much deserved standing ovations. Collabro touched the hearts of everyone watching, and went on to win the eighth series of the hit talent show, changing their lives forever. If they could achieve that with only a month together, it’s exciting to imagine what they can achieve now.
Collabro are currently touring their second studio album Act Two, which was released in June 2015 and featured second on the UK Album Chart. The group will be playing at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall on the 29th and 30th of March during the Easter Holidays and it will likely be a magical experience for all who attend. The combination of such emotionally captivating voices and the wonderful acoustics of the hall is an excitingly beautiful prospect that will likely produce many tears.
Although Collabro generally produce covers, the boys have an uncanny ability to turn much loved and recognised songs into something unique, simple and beautiful. By stripping back songs into such a bare form the group shows why they are such a success with their voices on full display. They don’t use gimmicks because they simply don’t need them and it would distract from what is most important, their vocal talent.
Songs such as ‘Bring Him Home’ and ‘Music of the Night’ are among many of the anticipated features on the tour. But what’s most appealing is they are real people humble beginnings living out their dream. Once they were a labourer, a petrol station sales assistant, a kitchen salesman, a restaurant worker and a hospital worker – now they are singers touring around the world, all because of their vocal talent. Collabro will no doubt be putting on a spectacular show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall for all that chose to join them, hopefully mesmerising us all once again.