Friday, October 27, 2017

Andy collins on Janice Long on BBC Radio Wales october 26 2017

Andy Collins had a great session, played two songs live and chatted with the very lovely Janice Long on BBC Radio Wales this eve. I tagged along, and talked about how great his new album is, along with my other love, soft furnishings. Listen again at 1hr 17 mins in

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

NEW ALBUM Andy Collins oct 6 2017
Hiya all, I'll be a guest with a fabulous new young choir, Allegro, tonight at 7pm St David's Church, Neath.
I'll be doing a few songs, a couple I haven't done in a long while. Rhian Lloyd taught me at Neath College many moons ago, is the choir arranger, and is great! We are doing a Jon Lord song, Pictured Within, and for those in the know, it ain't a walk in the park to play, but Rhian plays it beautifully.

If you're about please pop on down. It's only £7 and in aid of
For tix-07496 628 488 X

Here's me rehearsing one of ours... good job too as I still don't know the words!

click on link to watch video 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Celebrating Jon Lord - The Composer "All Those Years Ago" Feat. Steve Balsamo and Micky Moody

Celebrating Jon Lord - The Rock Legend "Soldier of Fortune"

Last Choir Singing 2017 County Winner judged by Steve Balsamo and others

june 26 2107
Shakespeare Primary School has been crowned Last Choir Singing 2017 County Winner – winning Lancashire’s foremost school singing competition title at the Grand Final event held at King George’s Hall on 16 June.
    Over 2,000 singers from 70 school choirs entered the competition this year in heats, which took place across the County. Eleven finalists were whittled down from six heats to make it to the Grand Final. Shakespeare Primary School from Fleetwood, who took part in the Fylde and North Lancashire heat, beat the ten other finalist choirs to achieve the highly coveted prize in a very close competition, with the runners-up, Norbreck Primary Academy and St Catherine’s Roman Catholic Primary, narrowly missing out on the title.
          The Final, presented by International Vocalist Duncan Heather, saw the eleven finalist choirs battle for the title of Last Choir Singing 2017, singing two songs each. The performances were judged by Steve Balsamo (International Singer/Song Writer), Tom Newall (British Conductor), Paul Nuttall (Managing Director, Reidy’s Music Store), Sean Ruane (Classical Opera Singer). Shakespeare choir, consisting of 41 vocalists, is led by Joanna Newson and Claire Savage, who have been working with the choir for two years.Comments from the winner and judge:After receiving the award, Head Teacher, Laura Willan, said: “We are so pleased that our marvellous choir has achieved this recognition. It is just fantastic! All our children have worked extremely hard and shown great dedication, so we are thrilled to get here. It is not only an amazing achievement for us, but also a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase our fantastic school. The competition has brought so much confidence, enjoyment and a real sense of team spirit for our children.”Competition judge, British Conductor, Tom Newall, said: “All tonight’s finalists performed to the highest standard, they were incredibly impressive. Last Choir Singing is an amazing experience and I have thoroughly enjoyed being a judge at the Final. You can see the enjoyment from each child taking part; it is just wonderful to watch.
 Events like Last Choir Singing are so important, as they provide a great opportunity for children to express themselves artistically, and make memories they will never forget. “Shakespeare were exceptional and I was instantly won over by them. Watch out, we could see some of these young singers making a name for themselves in the future.”