Alexander Armstrong Tickets
A comedian, actor, television presenter and game show host, Alexander Armstrong is also a singer with a rich baritone voice. From 2013, the vocalist formed a backing band so that he could showcase his classically trained voice in a live setting. Prior to that, Armstrong was a keen amateur singer, often performing at his local church or at weddings.
Nevertheless, his singing came to public light when he participated in a TV show called Your Face Sounds Familiar, in which he performed a song while impersonating Susan Boyle, which required him to sing in a high falsetto voice – something he did with aplomb. Later, Armstrong was seen on television singing “No Rhyme for Richard” in a tribute show to the lyricist Tim Rice, broadcast on the BBC. With an increasing appreciation for this vocal talent, Armstrong decided to make a go of his singing career, having already established himself as an all-round entertainer.
Alexander Armstrong's life in music
Educated at the St Mary's Music School in Edinburgh, where he was a chorister for the local Episcopal cathedral from the age of 11, Armstrong gained a solid knowledge of musical theory as a boy. He went on to gain a place at Trinity College at Cambridge University, on a musical scholarship. As a teenager and a young man, he learned to play the piano and the cello, as well as the oboe. While at Cambridge, Armstrong sang in the college choir and pursued his passion for performing by joining the famous Cambridge Footlights, where he wrote and acted.
After he graduated, Armstrong moved to London and met Ben Miller, with whom he formed a comedy double-act. As the success of Armstrong and Miller took off, so his musical career was put on the back burner. However, his musicianship was often alluded to in his comedy and Armstrong continued to harbour ambitions as a singer.
In 2015, Armstrong sang a number of songs from the 1940s when he appeared at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember, a televised commemorative concert that was broadcast live from London. The actor then appeared on a number of other TV shows where he would sing, opening the way to an announcement later in the year that he'd signed a deal with East West Records, a division of Warner Music Group, to record an album. A Year of Songs proved to be a great commercial success. It reached number one in the Classical Music Charts and number six in the main charts in the UK. The following year, Armstrong embarked on a string of live dates with his backing band. In June of 2016, recording work began on the follow-up LP. Released in October of that year, Upon a Different Shore broke into the top 10 on the UK Album Charts.
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