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Night off tonight from #G4Live (review below) so experiencing an evening of Jazz @TheJazzCafe with @olinezmusic

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G4 Live in concert

~ a guest blog and feature image by Mandy Charlton

Anyone who’s of a certain age will surely remember G4 as being the first ever runners up of the XFactor back in 2004, from humble beginnings as a barbershop quartet G4 have gone from strength to strength with their unique brand of “Popera” which has won them love and acclaim all over the world.

The band briefly disbanded in 2007 but in 2014 they came back, bigger and better than ever, they have been delighting audiences ever since with their own operatic delivery of some of the biggest pop songs of today.

G4 are touring with their latest album “Love Songs” and it seems they are brighter and more brilliant than ever, the energy, the melodies and harmonies were flawless, the arrangements of some of the greatest love songs of our times are a symphonic delight and whilst the choreography and occasional cheesy moments proves that these 4 singing wonders are not blessed with dancing feet you cannot help but lose your heart to an extraordinary evening of sublime music.

The show opened with “Your Song” and closed with “The Voice” The string accompaniment by Sorrell Strings was perfect, put together with the exceptional talent of Sax/flute/clarinet player Oli Nez and the outstanding piano arrangements of Richard Jones, I cannot fault even a single second of the concert.

G4 are at times joined by the winner of the Chinese XFactor Mary Jess and I have to admit being a little taken aback when she had her moment in the spotlight singing Chinese opera but boy can that girl sing, I’ve never been so blown away by something so unexpected.

When the end of the concert did come a well deserved standing ovation happened and as G4 burst into “Barcelona” my heart felt happy for having experienced such an amazing night of musical delights.

The great thing about G4 is that you feel that you are really there with them, Jonathan Ansell even appears in the crowd at one point and afterwards the band were present to sign their new CD’s delighting the die hard fans, you don’t often get that at concerts and for me it just added a little nod that they were grateful to have retained their fans for so many years. If you get the chance to see G4, they’re touring the length and breadth of Great Britain during March and they’re over in Ireland in September, I can promise you that if you do go along that you will enjoy an evening of music so wonderful that you will remember it for years to come.

~ a guest blog by Mandy Charlton


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Ben Thapa Retweeted Chris Howard
Great and fair review. Thanks Chris!

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On 05/03 @jonathanansell @BenThapa82 @MCClubOfficial @nashbybass blew the roof off THE APEX #EastAnglia #livereview:
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G4 LIVE IN CONCERT (LIVE REVIEW)
MARCH 6, 2017


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Sunday 5th March 2017 – The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds – 7:30pm

http://www.G4official.com – Ticketmaster hotline: 0333 321 9999


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As runners up of the very first series of The X-Factor back in 2004 (won by Steve Brookstein, fact fans), classical crossover four piece G4 pioneered the “popera” movement long before Blake, Rhydian, Susan Boyle, Richard & Adam, Jonathan & Charlotte and Collabro (who I have also seen live, on their Act Two Tour last March) brought Les Mis to mainstream attention.

After three successful albums selling over two million copies, resentment within the troupe and lead singer Jonathan Ansell’s desire to go it alone lead to the original line-up disbanding in 2007. However, 2014 saw a tenth anniversary reunion of three original members: high tenor Ansell, low tenor Ben Thapa and baritone Mike Christie. Incoming bass singer Nick Ashby stepped in to Mike Stiff’s slot, after Stiff declined. A Christmas album and Back For Good Tour followed.

Last night saw the former barbershop quartet from the Guildhall School of Music bring their latest 31-stop tour to Bury St Edmund’s swanky modern venue The Apex for a sell-out performance in front of over 750 East Anglians. We were welcomed into the venue to the harmonious voices of the Sound Collective Chorus, who were performing on the balcony prior to the gig-proper’s 7:30pm start time.

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Sat to the rear of the shallow-but-multi-levelled auditorium, the set kicked off in surprising fashion when accompanying saxophonist Oli Nez began a short warm-up routine from the back entrance while the lights were still up! He traversed through the crowd, occasionally sitting next to a shock patron or two, as he made his way to the stage. While he confessed his track selection was typically traditional (he even began “The Pink Panther” at one point!), he made an impression with his witty audience interaction.

After introducing the headliners, Oli took a seat on the stage and he remained there for the rest of the night. He was joined in residence by a pianist and trio Sorrelli Strings, who really exemplified the authenticity of G4’s voices with their musical accompaniment to all their best-known interpretations (“the G4 classics,” as Jonathan labelled them), as well as all thirteen tracks from their new Love Songs album, released just three weeks ago.

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G4 Jonathan Ansell sings to crowdWith Coldplay’s “Yellow”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Nessun Dorma” among the hits, this was archetypal safe-zone “popera” fare, but then they had to give the crowd what they came to hear. And with repartee to rival Oli’s, the G4 lads elevated and personalised the live experience with heart and humour, often picking out audience members to serenade, present roses to – or sit next to, in Jonathan’s case! Hosting duties were well shared between the four, even if Jonathan and Ben seemed to get the lion’s share of the lead vocals come song time.

The Sound Collective Chorus were twice integrated into the set, while Oli Nez was given a further solo. Gorgeous support soprano Mary-Jess (China’s ‘X-Factor’ champion and singer of the Downtown Abbey theme, no less!) also joined the lad’s thrice (each time in a dazzling new dress!) and was also given the stage to herself for a further showcase of her sensational talent. There were times when the evening felt more like a variety show than G4 & Friends, but the group’s breaks were far better integrated into a much freer flowing second half.

G4The concert came to a triumphant crescendo during “Barcelona” with the stage full of every artist who had contributed throughout the evening. A grand experience was capped off with a personable album signing and selfie opportunity in the foyer following the rousing encore. Each of the lads (as well as Oli and Mary-Jess) took real time to interact with each fan, regardless of how tired they must have felt! Their conversations were warm and genuine and they came across as true gents. Bravo, G4.

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CR@B’s Claw Score: 4 stars


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Attending 2nite's #G4Live #LoveSongs Tour @ahttw #TunbridgeWells? Read my #review of their recent #BuryStEdmunds set

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G4 LIVE IN CONCERT (LIVE REVIEW)
MARCH 6, 2017


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Sunday 5th March 2017 – The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds – 7:30pm

www.G4official.com – Ticketmaster hotline: 0333 321 9999


G-UNITED

As runners up of the very first series of The X-Factor back in 2004 (won by Steve Brookstein, fact fans), classical crossover four piece G4 pioneered the “popera” movement long before Blake, Rhydian, Susan Boyle, Richard & Adam, Jonathan & Charlotte and Collabro (who I have also seen live, on their Act Two Tour last March) brought Les Mis to mainstream attention.

After three successful albums selling over two million copies, resentment within the troupe and lead singer Jonathan Ansell’s desire to go it alone lead to the original line-up disbanding in 2007. However, 2014 saw a tenth anniversary reunion of three original members: high tenor Ansell, low tenor Ben Thapa and baritone Mike Christie. Incoming bass singer Nick Ashby stepped in to Mike Stiff’s slot, after Stiff declined. A Christmas album and Back For Good Tour followed.

Last night saw the former barbershop quartet from the Guildhall School of Music bring their latest 31-stop tour to Bury St Edmund’s swanky modern venue The Apex for a sell-out performance in front of over 750 East Anglians. We were welcomed into the venue to the harmonious voices of the Sound Collective Chorus, who were performing on the balcony prior to the gig-proper’s 7:30pm start time.

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Sat to the rear of the shallow-but-multi-levelled auditorium, the set kicked off in surprising fashion when accompanying saxophonist Oli Nez began a short warm-up routine from the back entrance while the lights were still up! He traversed through the crowd, occasionally sitting next to a shock patron or two, as he made his way to the stage. While he confessed his track selection was typically traditional (he even began “The Pink Panther” at one point!), he made an impression with his witty audience interaction.

After introducing the headliners, Oli took a seat on the stage and he remained there for the rest of the night. He was joined in residence by a pianist and trio Sorrelli Strings, who really exemplified the authenticity of G4’s voices with their musical accompaniment to all their best-known interpretations (“the G4 classics,” as Jonathan labelled them), as well as all thirteen tracks from their new Love Songs album, released just three weeks ago.

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G4 Jonathan Ansell sings to crowdWith Coldplay’s “Yellow”, Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Nessun Dorma” among the hits, this was archetypal safe-zone “popera” fare, but then they had to give the crowd what they came to hear. And with repartee to rival Oli’s, the G4 lads elevated and personalised the live experience with heart and humour, often picking out audience members to serenade, present roses to – or sit next to, in Jonathan’s case! Hosting duties were well shared between the four, even if Jonathan and Ben seemed to get the lion’s share of the lead vocals come song time.

The Sound Collective Chorus were twice integrated into the set, while Oli Nez was given a further solo. Gorgeous support soprano Mary-Jess (China’s ‘X-Factor’ champion and singer of the Downtown Abbey theme, no less!) also joined the lad’s thrice (each time in a dazzling new dress!) and was also given the stage to herself for a further showcase of her sensational talent. There were times when the evening felt more like a variety show than G4 & Friends, but the group’s breaks were far better integrated into a much freer flowing second half.

G4The concert came to a triumphant crescendo during “Barcelona” with the stage full of every artist who had contributed throughout the evening. A grand experience was capped off with a personable album signing and selfie opportunity in the foyer following the rousing encore. Each of the lads (as well as Oli and Mary-Jess) took real time to interact with each fan, regardless of how tired they must have felt! Their conversations were warm and genuine and they came across as true gents. Bravo, G4.

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CR@B’s Claw Score: 4 stars

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It was very windy on Worthing sea front last night and I regretted only wearing a light jacket. That was the only negative though, in a great evening!

I was pleasantly surprised by the Pavilion Theatre. A lot of old seaside theatres, particularly those at the end of piers, are quite run-down but this one is well maintained and attractive. We were quite early and waited in the foyer out of the wind, until the doors opened at just before seven.

We both really enjoyed the show, I have lost count of the number we have been to, not as many as some, by any means, but a lot! We both thought this was the best, we've always enjoyed the shows, very much indeed, but this one just had the edge.

It was great to see so many different artists sharing the stage and their contribution greatly added to the overall experience. I particularly enjoyed hearing a few songs from the 'old days' - Yellow, Creep and To Where You Are. Some of the songs from the new album are already favourites and one or two, I have not heard before. It was also great to see an almost full theatre. ;;

We already have tickets for Chichester and Arundel, but that seems like a long time. I am looking carefully at the list, to see if there is anything else we could manage!


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