Scala Radio Classics at Christmas

Scala Radio Classics at Christmas

This show is no longer running at The London Palladium.

Scala Radio presents Classics at Christmas with Holiday Inn Express at The London Palladium. Join Alfie Boe, Penny Smith, Russell Watson, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Scala Radio family and friends for a selection of Classical bangers and Christmas favourites.

Following the success of last year’s event Scala Radio’s very own Penny Smith will be your host for the afternoon and will be joined by one of the UK’s favourite entertainers Alfie Boe.

As well as hosting with Penny, the world-renowned tenor will also be performing live on the iconic London Palladium stage alongside the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra.

We are also pleased to announce that one of the UK’s most prolific classical recording artists Russell Watson will be performing as well as cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson, flautist and recording artist Lisa Friend and British composer, music producer and orchestral conductor David Arnold. Alongside these stunning performers familiar Scala Radio faces Charles Nove and Jack Pepper will also be making an appearance on stage.

Join Penny, Alfie, Russell and a selection of Scala family and friends for an unforgettable afternoon of live music.

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Alfie Boe  

As a young boy, Lancashire-born Alfie Boe (from the fishing port of Fleetwood) dreamed of a career as a singer. Turning his dreams into reality, Alfie has enjoyed a hugely successful career both in his native Britain and across the pond.   

His career exploded in 2002 when stage and film director Baz Luhrmann cast him in a  lead role in the acclaimed Broadway revival of ‘La Bohème’. Alfie’s powerhouse performance brought him a Tony award and marked his arrival on the international scene. Having conquered the world’s most prestigious opera stages, Alfie led the cast of Les Misérables in the role of Jean Valjean in the West End and played the lead role in Finding Neverland on Broadway. In 2012, Alfie stole the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with a medley of hits from his illustrious career.   

Always striving to bring great music to different audiences and with three sold-out UK  Tours, including shows at the Royal Festival Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, Alfie has become a firm household favourite with the British public. His records have gone Platinum in the UK with four top ten album placings and over 1 million records sold plus three number one albums as part of ‘Ball & Boe’ alongside Michael Ball – the most recent being 2020’s ‘Together At Christmas’ which was followed by a sold out UK and Ireland arena tour in  December 2021.  

In 2021 Alfie put together his own livestream show titled ‘Alfie Boe & Friends’ which saw  him team up with Gary Barlow, Freddie Fox and Amanda Holden for live performances  and interviews at the Savoy Hotel in London. Later that year Alfie performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London alongside the Tri-Service Display  Bands.   

In June 2022 Alfie made his Las Vegas debut with ‘Showstoppers’ his first headline performances in the city and returned there in April 2023 for a second run of shows.  

Alfie performed  to a sold out Royal Albert Hall in October 2022 for his headline show ‘An Evening  With Alfie Boe’ celebrating 30 years in the entertainment industry.  

Alfie has been in the studio working on a new album and has written a brand new book ‘Face The Music’ which is released on 7th September. 

Alfie kicks off his solo tour across the UK and Ireland for September / October 2023 which included a show at the London Palladium on 25th September.   

Russell Watson

Russell watson is the UKs most prolific classical recording artiste ever! His first two recordings, The Voice and Encore are the top two album sellers of the century, with ‘The Voice’ making him the first and only classical vocalist from these shores to reach one million sales in the UK. He has reached number one status all over the globe and holds platinum album status, from here to Australia. He was the first uk artiste to score a transatlantic number one in the USA and the Uk and spent a record breaking 52 weeks at number one in the process.

He has performed for some of the world’s most notable figures including Her majesty The Queen (on numerous occasions), The Duke of Edinburgh (he is an ambassador for the Dukes Fellowship Charity), King Charles (where he is an ambassador of the Prince’s Trust), the late Pope John Paul II

(who requested a private audience with Russell at the Vatican), former US presidents Bill Clinton George W Bush and Barak Obama, the Emperor of Japan and the King of Malaysia, to name but a few.

His performances at some of the worlds biggest sporting events has gained him great acclaim. Everything from a performance with legendary soprano Montserrat Caballé at the champions league final, the 1999 rugby union World Cup, the Euro’s in 2002, the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and the opening ceremony of the world games. Since 2001 he has sold more than seven million albums worldwide achieved eight top ten album placements and received four classical Brit Awards. He has occupied the UK top twenty on seventeen separate occasions.

Russell’s television performances include everything from Michael Parkinson all way through to his recent appearance on I’m a celebrity get me out of here! He has also appeared on BBC’s strictly come dancing and has been a talent judge on several prime time TV series. Russell Watson is the epitome of a genuine world star

Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra 

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) is a dynamic and versatile ensemble that performs a wide range of styles and genres of music in shows across the UK and around the world. The Orchestra’s repertoire includes film music, video game scores, music from the musicals, and symphonic arrangements of classic rock and pop songs, as well as new commissions and the traditional core classical repertoire, reaching an audience of over 170,000 live listeners per year. The Orchestra’s creative partnerships with artists, promoters and producers have resulted in ambitious performances in venues from vast arenas and main concert venues around the UK to smaller and more intimate settings. The RPCO aims to reach as wide and diverse an audience as possible and is unafraid to explore new orchestral experiences. 

Ayanna Witter-Johnson 

Ayanna Witter-Johnson is a multi-talented singer, songwriter, pianist and cellist. She has a phenomenal mastery for seamlessly crossing the boundaries of classical, jazz, reggae, soul and R&B, to imprint her unique musical signature with her virtuosic tap, strum and bow with her cello into her sound and vibe. 

An acclaimed and celebrated performer, Ayanna has collaborated with many stellar artists, including Anoushka Shankar, Nitin Sawhney, Andrea Bocelli and Jools Holland. She has also toured extensively across the UK, Europe and the US.   

Lisa Friend

Lisa Friend (British Flautist) has appeared as a soloist with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg, City of Prague Philharmonic, Virtuosi Pragenses Chamber Orchestra and the CRR Genç Oda Orkestrası. She has toured as a soloist throughout Europe, the USA and Asia. Lisa has also been broadcast on radio stations around the world including Scala Radio, Classic FM, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 2, BBC London, RTE Lyric FM, WQXR-New York, with the Brodsky Quartet live in the Classic FM Studios and on BBC One TV ‘The Andrew Marr Show’.

Solo recital highlights include solo performances for Steven Spielberg, the Royal Family, LG Arts Centre-Seoul, Cadogan Hall and Wigmore Hall. Her many recordings as a solo/chamber artist include Voyage (Chandos), Essence-Lisa Friend and Rohan De Silva (Chandos), Mozart Quartets-Lisa Friend & the Brodsky Quartet (Chandos), Cinema Affair (Silva Screen), Luminance (Champs Hill Records) and Deep in My Soul (Signum Records). All have been widely praised in the press including the BBC Music Magazine, Gramophone and the Mail on Sunday and many of her albums have been chosen as Scala Radio and Classic FM Album of the week.

Lisa is a Prince’s Trust Ambassador and Powell Artist.

David Arnold

David Arnold is a British composer, music producer and orchestral conductor with wide-ranging experience in many areas of the music industry.

He started his music career as a leading player in one of the world’s top orchestras and has since built an international reputation for his versatility and all-round musical ability.

He now concentrates on conducting, composing, arranging and producing, as well as acting as a music consultant for concerts and recording.

As a conductor, David has worked with a diverse range of artists in both classical and pop music – from Rod Stewart, Annie Lennox, Tina Turner, Randy Newman and Donny Osmond to Andrea Bocelli, Julian Lloyd Webber, and Nicola Benedetti. He has conducted leading orchestras around the world, including the Royal Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, BBC Philharmonic, Liverpool Philharmonic, RTE National Symphony, BBC Concert and London Concert orchestras, as well as the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Opera North.

He is associate conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and was music director for the Cathcart Proms at the Royal Albert Hall for many years. He has been Musical Director for the BBC’s Children In Need telethon since 1994. His hundreds of television credits include BBC One branding, Blue Peter, Guinness World Records, Sky News, Sky Sports, Live and Kicking and Tomorrow’s World, On radio, he has produced station themes for BBC World Service, LBC, as well as Scala Radio, Classic FM and countless other stations.


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