Hi So i thought as a blogger that i would review my experience from when i was at the Collabro Home Tour 2017 concert when it was local to me and my younger brother was in the choir who were with The Theatre Workshop. These are ALL MY OWN OPINIONS which have not been influenced by anyone related to Collabro or any of the artists i have mentioned below.
So Firstly i had heard such great things about Collabro from Family and Friends and Also i went to support my brother who was in the choir supporting Collabro. He is part of The Theatre Workshop and they are often asked to support artists and bands and also with help provide young performers for their talent in touring West End shows when they are touring locally, productions often ask The Theatre workshop to provide their young talents to perform in the local tour dates of the production. This is a great experience to be seen as a young performer especially those looking to go into Musical Theatre and is a great networking opportunity for the young performers and only a select few Theatre Workshop students who meet the brief given by the production to ensure that they fit in with the production and do not look or sound out of place. The students who performed as part of the choir were highly talented and harmonised well and it brought another elements to the songs they performed with Collabro for.
So as my parents and i arrived at the theatre we went to pick up our tickets and there was bag checks on the door which is understandable. We then sat down in our seats and there was a few problems with the seats so we were moved by the kind staff at the theatre.
So the Warm Up act/Support act was called Philippa Hanna (http://philippahanna.com/) and i was not expecting much as she was the warm up act but honestly she is the best warm up/ support act i have ever seen and i have seen a lot of concerts and seen a lot of support acts but honestly was not expecting Philippa to be as good as she was and i always try and spread positivity and motivate and her song ‘ i am amazing’ really spoke to me and she told us a story and gave a motivational talk. She had so much stage presence and really spoke to the audience.
Philippa is a British singer and songwriter and we had the privilege of hearing some of her original songs and I am amazing made me very motivated and emotional and it is an amazing song.i feel bad for those of the audience who missed hearing her sing but unfortunately if many people know there is going to be a warm up act they deliberately avoid them and come for the main act which is not always a good thing especially when they are as good as Philippa Hanna and she is so down to earth as in the interval i went out and she was their selling her albums and meeting fans and i managed to get a selfie with her and i explained that i found her story very motivating and said a massive thank you to her.
Some of Philippa’s advice was that not to give up on our dreams and she told us about how she was rejected by music labels or stuff happened last minutes which meant she kept losing out so she explained that she was a independent artist. In my opinion, i would go and see Philippa Hanna in her own concert if it came locally as her voice is amazing and fantastic and she is so down to earth. I would definitely recommend listening to her songs as they are fabulous. Because it was remembrance day ( 11th November) She sang a song that she had never sang before and the song was called “Million Flowers” which was such a lovely song and she explained the story behind the song and it was very moving and i actually felt very close to this song as i lost a good friend a few years ago due to a serious illness that she had her whole life and it make me connect with this song a lot and make me feel emotional and really hit me in the heart and the song really spoke to me and there are not many songs that get me emotional or speak to me the way this one did and i would say it spoke to me in a negative way.
Now about the Main act which was the reason for the concert and this part is about Collabro. before i properly start i loved all of their outfit changes and how they looked and also the use of projections onto the backdrop behind them which included some fantastic animations and images. They had animations of words that they were singing in the songs while they were singing them and also had animations of the four members of Collabro. The used the different colour lighting to help make the desired atmosphere. Enough about the lighting and use of backdrops.
So Collabro sang a variety of different songs to show their journey and also they performed some of their favourites songs. They performed songs from Wicked the Musical, The Phantom of the Opera and the amazing Jersey boys medley which has the majority of the audience up on their feet and dancing including myself well it was a fantastic Saturday night.
I thoroughly enjoyed their version of Jersey Boys medley and think it has got to be one of the best i have seen performed and they got into character and went off of stage and changed into the jersey boys trademark of the red suit jackets.They had even used similar choregraphy that the Jersey Boys would of used and are used in the Jersey boys shows and by the Jersey boys tribute bands as i have a friend who has been and is in some of the Jersey Boys tributes around the UK and soon internationally. All of the songs they sang meant something to the four of them. The finale was the Jersey Boys Medley and they got a standing ovition from the whole audience and i can imagine it was a great sight for them to see.One of the songs they sang ( i cannot remember the name of the song) Made me very emotional which does not happen that often and i even had tears in my eyes and that ran down my face.
Collabro definitely did not disappoint me after having been told how great they were and i would defintely recommend going to their tour if they are coming close to where you live.I would be more than happy to go on another date our their Home Tour and listen to their albums. I am so impressed by it and i will definitely be recommending to family and friends and my audience to go and see them if you get the opportunity and i have made a review video which should be going up at the same time as this and it includes a few clips from the show.
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