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Christmas No. 1 posted: 23/12/16

Big congratulations to MIchael and Alfie for their tremendous success with "Together". The album stays at no. 1 for the Christmas week, hence obtaining the prestigious Christmas no. 1.

Apart from that, they have the best selling album that was released in 2016 and are currently at no. 4 in the annual charts (Adele, Coldplay and Justin Bieber released their albums last year). Just this last week they've sold almost 110,000 albums, all in all we are just above 466,000 copies.

And just because:



Chris Evans posted: 18/12/16

Tomorrow Michael and Alfie will be guest on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show, BBC Radio2 from 6:30am.

Read more about it and listen live or again here.

2017 Concerts - Together Again posted: 14/12/16

It was announced today that Michael and Alfie will team up once more for a series of open air concerts in the summer and an arena tourette in the winter. Tickets go on general sale on Friday, 16 December at 10am.

Find a venue near you on Live Nation's page

This surely comes as no surprise seeing that Together is currently at #1 in the UK album charts and has gone platinum by now. Hooray!



Concert Live Stream & TV posted: 10/12/16

On Friday, 16 December Michael an Alfie will be on Good Morning Britain on ITV at 6-8:30am and Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two. Catch them at 6pm on BBC Two.

Also remember that on 24 December they will be on Michael McIntyre's Big Show at 7:25pm on BBC One.

But the best news has to be this tweet:


Together gone Gold posted: 09/12/16

During their London concert at the Hammersmith Apollo yesterday, Michael and Alfie did not only sing with Rick Astley, he also presented them both with the gold disc for "Together."

The album remains a chart sensation and holds its #2 in the UK album charts.

Congratulations!

STOP THE PRESS: NEW Concert added to tour posted: 23/11/16

It has just been announced that there will be a new last night for the Together tour (again) due to phenomenal demand. The new last night is 14 December at the Blackpool Opera House.

The tickets are on sale NOW and you can get them here.

See the posting on Michael's Facebook page below:



ITV Special posted: 15/11/16

We finally can confirm the air date for the ITV special Ball & Boe: One Night Only. This comes in lieu of a tour DVD and features a lot of the songs the lads are currently singing live all over the country.

Set your recorders for Friday, 9 December, 9pm.



Chart Position posted: 12/11/16

It's official now: Together entered the album charts at #2!

That's the best UK chart position for Alfie and the second best for Michael - his first solo album "Michael Ball" entered the charts at #1.

A heartfelt congratulations to the dynamic duo. Well deserved!

Order your copy here.



Media Appearances posted: 03/11/16 - UPDATED: 15/11/16

Find the current list below:

4 November: The One Show, BBC One, 7pm

7 November: Steve Wright in the Afternoon, BBC Radio 2, 2pm

11 November: Loose Women,ITV, 12:30pm

12 November: Festival of Remembrance Highlights, BBC Radio 2, 8pm

12 November: Festival of Remembrance, BBC One, 9pm

14 November: BBC Breakfast, BBC One, 6am

14 November: Children in Need Rocks, BBC One, 8:30pm

9 December: Ball & Boe: One Night Only, ITV, 9pm

24 December: Michael McIntyre's Big Show , BBC One


We will add to this list once more air dates are confirmed.

Daily Mail Interview posted: 02/10/16

The Daily Mail did a very interesting interview with MIchael and Alfie, just after they finished recording their album in New York.

It allows some interesting insides inot their lives and may give us a glimpse of what we are about to expect from the tour, apart from great singing.

So be sure not to miss it here.

Graham Norton Show posted: 01/10/16

Another major radio appearance Michael and Alfie will be on the Graham Norton Show on BBC Radio 2 next Saturday, 8 October from 10am.

You will be able to listen live or to listen again, once the show has been uploaded.

TV Appearances posted: 30/09/16

Michael and Alfie are already doing their promotional rounds. They have recorded several interviews for local BBC radio stations, So keep your ears open for them. Apart from that they have some TV appearances scheduled. Find the current list below:

09/10/2016 - Strictly Come Dancing; BBC One- 6:30pm

09/10/2016 - Songs of Praise -The Big Sing BBC One - 4:10pm (recorded 11/09/2016)

12/11/2016 - Festival of Remembrance - BBC One - estimated 9pm

24/12/2016 - Michael McIntyre The Big Show - BBC One - estimated 9pm

Radio Appearances posted: 28/09/16

Apart from the album cover, the clips and new concerts we have some radio appearances. We'll try to keep you updated. So far MIchael and Alfie have done an interview today

BBC Radio London - Jo Good - Listen again at about 2 hours

BBC Radio Devon- Mark Forrest - Listen again (after the show finished) or listen Live from 7pm

BBC Radio London Clip posted: 28/09/16

Yes, yes, it's been.. at least ten minutes since our last update. We can't have you waiting any longer, so here's a clip from BBC Radio London, showing MIchael and Alfie listening to one of theri songs.

Added Tour Concerts posted: 28/09/16

What a day. So you did not have enough concerts yet? Guess what: We have two more additional dates:

05/12/2016 - Bournemouth International Center

06/12/2016 - Brighton Centre

The ticket sale starts on the coming Friday, 30 September 2016 at 9am GMT. Get your tickets here:

LiveNation

Together Final Album Cover revealed posted: 28/09/16

Just what the title says: Here's the final album cover design for Together. Should not you have already ordered hit, don't miss it, order here.


Promotional Clip for BBC3 Comedy Josh posted: 28/09/16

A little promotiona video clip shared by BBC 3.


Children in Need posted: 27/09/16

MIchael and Alfie will be taking part in a Children in Need Concert dedicated to Terry Wogan, that will be done on 1 November 2016 at the Royal Albert Hall. Should you desire to be in the audience, there are still tickets available. Just follow" target="_blank"> this link to the official website and choose your ticket agency.


Instagram and TV posted: 10/09/16

Michael has recorded a guest appearance on BBC Three's Josh (Season 2) and it will air on Thursday, 6th October.

Tonight Michael also hosted Proms in the Park at Hyde Park and you can catch up on the coverage here.

And he (FINALLY) joined Instagram! Follow him here.

The first effort:



Songs of Praise posted: 31/08/16

Michael and Alfie Boe will be recording two episodes of BBC One'sSongs of Praise: The Big Sing on Sunday, 11 September at 6pm. The episodes will be aired on Sunday 9 October and on Sunday 25 December.

Get your tickets for the recording at the Royal Albert Hall here.

The One Show posted: 04/08/16

Michael will be a guest at The One Show tomorrow, Friday 5 August, BBC 1, 7pm.

West End Bake Off posted: 14/07/16

Michael will be a judge at the West End Bake Off in aid of Acting for Others.

Read all about it here. You might find an item of interest on their Auction page.

The event will take place at St Anne’s Church in London on Saturday 16 July between 11am and 1 pm.

100 Years of Movie Musicals posted: 03/06/16

Michael took part in Paul O'Grady's 100 Years of Movie Musicals. It will be shown on More 4 on Monday., 6 June 2016 at 9pm. Be sure not to miss it.

Together Tour - Another 5 extra dates added posted: 26/05/16

And yet another 5 dates have been added to the end of the tour, which is therefore extended by a week and a bit. Tickets will go on sale Friday, 27 May at 9am.

You can book here.The dates are:

London - Hammersmith Apollo - 08/12/2016

Oxford - New Theatre - 09/12/2016

Nottingham - Royal Concert Hall - 10/12/2016

Sheffield - City Hall - 12/12/2016

Manchester - O2 Apollo - 13/12/2016

Together Tour - 3 extra dates added posted: 21/05/16

Amidst the frenzy of yesterday's general ticket sale for the Together tour, it has been announced that there will be three extra dates: Birmingham, Nottingham and London all have a second night now.

Get your tickets (if you are very lucky) here.

Michael Ball and Alfie Boe - Album and Tour posted: 17/05/16

Just when we all anticipated news about a new album, MIchael surprised us once more.

He will be collaborating with tenor Alfie Boe, whom many of you might remember from Kismet and who has since gone from strength to strength. Alfie and Michael will record an album called "Together". This album will be released on 21 October 2016. You can pre-order the album here.

 

Michael and Alfie already joined forces to promote their new project. You can enjoy the short clip here

 

Tour Dates

And last, but certainly not least they will go on a nationwide tour in November / December. The Tour Dates are:

03/11/2016 - Cardiff Motorpoint Arena

05/11/2016 - Bournemouth BIC Solent Hall

08/11/2016 - Southampton Mayflower

09/11/2016 - Portsmouth Guildhall

10/11/2016 - Bristol Colston Hall

12/11/2016 - London Palladium

13/11/2016 - London Palladium

15/11/2016 - Brighton Center

16/11/2016 - Leicester De Montfort Hall

17/11/2016 - Liverpool Echo Arena

19/11/2016 - Leeds First Direct Arena

20/11/2016 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

21/11/2016 - Nottingham Royal Concert Hall

23/11/2016 - Blackpool Opera House

25/11/2016 - Manchester O2 Apollo

26/11/2016 - Clyde Auditorium

28/11/2016 - Birmingham Symphony Hall

29/11/2016 - Birmingham Symphony Hall

01/12/2016 - Newcastle Metro Radio Arena

03/12/2016 - Sheffield City Hall

 

Tickets for the Tour will go into general sale on Friday, 20 May 2016. There are several presales (Fan Club, O2, LiveNation, venues to name just a few). You may want to check with them over the coming days. Here is the link to the LIveNation website. And here is the link to GigsandTours. These tickets are partly already on sale, but be aware that many tickets should be held until Friday for the general public.

 

Media & Live Appearances posted:06/05/16 - UPDATED: 16/05/16

It has been announced that Michael will be hosting this year's BBC Proms in the Park (Hyde Park). Mark your calendars for 10 September, 5:15pm. And get your tickets here.

Upcoming media dates:

15 May: Lets Do It: A Tribute to Victoria Wood, ITV1, 7:30pm

17 May: Good Morning Britain; ITV1; 6-8:30am NEW

20 May: Friday Night Is Music Night, BBC Radio 2, 8pm


Upcoming live dates:

21 July: Hippodrome Casino, London, 8pm

10 September: BBC Proms in the (Hyde)Park (MB host), 5:15pm

The One Show posted: 28/04/16

You can watch a great interview done by Frank Skinner on YouTube. His poor sister had to suffer quite a lot with two bigger brothers it appears. So watch it here


Frank Skinner interview posted: 16/04/16

Michael will be co-Presenter on "The One Show" once more. Be sure not too miss the show tomorrow (Friday, 29 April 7pm). Visit the website here.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show posted: 15/04/16

Michael will participate in Michael McIntyre's Big Show which will be aired on BBC One between 7 and 755pm on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Be sure not to miss it.

Spoiler:

He will be singing "The Prayer" with an audience member who was surprised on the show. Find more infos on the Official website.

Michael McIntyre's Big Show posted: 16/04/16

Michael will participate in Michael McIntyre's Big Show which will be aired on BBC One between 7 and 755pm on Saturday, 16 April 2016. Be sure not to miss it.

Spoiler:

He will be singing "The Prayer" with an audience member who was surprised on the show.

Olivier Awards - Air times posted: 27/03/16

Be sure not to miss the best moments from this years Olivier Awards. Find here all the air times.


The One Show - BBC 2 posted: 27/03/16

Michael will be a guest on "The One Show" on BBC One on Monday, 28 March 2016. You can watch the show live from 7pm. Be sure not to miss it. More info.

The Michael Ball Show - BBC 2 posted: 20/03/16

Should the next news excite you as much, as it excites us, this photo is just SOOOO appropriate.

Michael will once again take over his former Sunday Brunch (Sundays 11am) slot, which was vacated, when Terry Wogan sadly died. Michael will do the show each Sunday, with ten Sundays off, when Richard Madeley will take over. His first show will be on 10 April. This means as well, that you really should listen to the last two "Sunday Night with MIchael Ball".

What can we say? We missed listening to him live on Sunday noons and we cannot wait to do that again. By the way, the show will be called "The Michael Ball Show". As soon as we have a link for the show page, we will share it with you.

Olivier Awards posted: 23/02/16

Michael will return to hosting the 2016 Olivier Awards for a third time on 3 April at the Royal Opera House.

According to the announcement there is even more Ball to be had:

Prior to hosting the ceremony proper, Ball will also host the Olivier Awards 2016 with MasterCard Nominations Announcement. This year’s nominees will be revealed at an event held at Rosewood London at 12:00 on Monday 29 February. The event will be livestreamed on the Olivier Awards website, allowing theatre fans to keep up with all the exciting announcements.



More Ken Bruce posted: 11/02/16

It has been announced that further to sitting in for Ken Bruce the coming week, Michael will also be sitting in for him during the week starting on 28 March.

You can listen live here, Monday to Friday 9:30am till noon.



BBC Pop Up Country radio channel posted: 04/02/16

The BBC will introduce their own Pop Up Country radio channel for a weekend. Michael will do his own programme there on Saturday, 12 March between 3 and 4pm.

The show is called Michael Ball's Country Classics. He will be on for a second time on that Sunday 11pm (supposedly this is a repeat of the first show). For more info visit the official page.

Mr. Michael Ball OBE posted: 29/01/16

Michael was part of the first investiture of the year. In other words, he received his OBE medal. Michael shared these lovely photos of the day. .

See also: Michael's Twitter Account

Sitting in for Ken Bruce posted: 29/01/16

Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce on his Daily BBC Radio 2 show in the week commencing 15 February 2016. Be sure to listen in Monday to Friday between 9:30am and noon. You can listen live here.


Friday Night is Music Night posted: 23/12/15

Michael will take part in an episode of BBC Radio 2's Friday Night is Music Night which will be aired live on Friday, 22 January 2016 at 8:00pm.

Tickets are already sold out sadly.



Oliviers in Concert posted: 04/12/15

January will be a busy month for Michael. It has now been announced that he will be part of The Oliviers In Concert.

The concert will be held at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Monday, 25 January 2016 at 7:30pm. It will also be broadcast live by BBC Radio 3.

Tickets are already on sale and you can get them here.



WOS Awards Nominations - Vote! posted: 03/12/15

Michael and Mack & Mabel have scored four nominations at the 16th annual WhatsOnStage Awards:

Best Actor in a Musical (Michael Ball)
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical (Jack Edwards)
Best Musical Revival
Best Regional Production

To make sure they win you can cast your vote until 31 January 2016 here.

Winners will be announced on 21 Feburary 2016.



Concert News posted: 02/12/15

It has just been announced that Michael will be appearing in an intimate concert at the Hippodorme Casino in London on Thursday, 28 January, 8pm.

Tickets in the stalls are 100 £, in the balcony 75 £. You can get them here.



Various News posted: 28/11/15

The sad news first: It has been confirmed that there will be no West End transfer for Mack & Mabel.

We are heartbroken for Michael and all the excellent cast. There will also be no cast recording now. We feel privileged to have seen as many shows as we did. A big thank you to everyone who made Michael's dream a reality and our times at Hollywoodland so very special.

So what is there to look forward to? We now have the date for the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability that Michael recorded a while ago. It will be aired tomorrow, Sunday 29 November, 7:54am and 9:26pm. Also on Thursday, 3 December at 3:27pm on BBC Radio 4. Listen here.

Michael will also appear in the Frank Sinatra centenary concert London Salutes Frank at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Sunday, 13 December at 7pm. Tickets have been on sale a while now but you can still grab some here.

Subject to availability he will also be a judge at the Perfect Pitch Award 2015/16 at the St. James Theatre, London on 5 Feburaray 2016 at 2pm. Get tickets here.

Christmas Carols for RHN posted: 22/10/15

It has become a tradition that Michael will be a special guest at RHN's Chistmas Carols event. It will be held on Thursday 10 December at 7pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Wandworth in south west London and you can get your tickets (17 Pounds) and read more here.



Vote for 2015 BroadwayWorld UK/West End Awards posted: 16/10/15

The voting is now open for the 2015 BroadwayWorld UK / West End Awards. Mack and Mabel has scored nominations in several categories ranging from Leading Actor/Actress and Best New Production of a Musical (Fringe/Regions) to best female Understudy.

If you want to vote please note that they will check for multiple entries: "All voting results will be tabulated, and will be audited at the conclusion of the voting process to remove fake, duplicate and other invalid votes."

Let the voting beginn!



Cover Boy of Mad Trust West End Barnes Calendar posted: 22/09/15

One thing is for sure. We certainly never expected to see Mr. Ball taking a bath. And all that for the Mad Trust West End Bares calendar 2016. So guess who already ordered their copies.

So here is the pic:


And to order follow this link.

Mack and Mabel Tour Trailer posted: 24/08/15

It's finally here: the (tour) trailer for Mack and Mabel. Enjoy!





Media Appearances posted: 07/08/15 - UPDATED: 12/08/15

Mark your calendars:

Saturday 8 August, David Allen, BBC Radio Solent, 10:30pm

10 - 14 August, Ian Crouch at Breakfast, Sprirt FM, 7:40am, Listen again new



Mack and Mabel Trailer posted: 09/07/15

So here is the rehearsal trailer for Mack and Mabel. Enjoy




Media Appearances posted: 17/06/15

Mark your calendars:

Thursday 18 June, Lorraine, ITV 1, 8:30am



Dr. h. c. Michael Ball OBE posted: 13/06/15

Congratulatiosn to our own Michael. The Queens Birthday Honours list was released late last night and finally Michael was included into the Order of the British Empire. He was made an Officer of the British Empire - widely known as OBE.

And this is what his latest jewellery looks like:

You can view the full list on the official website. Michael can be found on page 21. He received the honour for services to Musical Theatre. Should you scroll through the list (which is really interesting) you can find some other famous names and names we know in connection to Michael (for example Jonathan Kent).

Media Appearances - UPDATED posted: 23/03/15 - UPDATED: 13/05/15

Mark your calendars:

Sunday 29 March, Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am

Sunday 30 March, This Morning, ITV 1, 10:30am

Monday 18 May, Thronecast, Sky Atlantic, 10:00pm new

That Day We Sang DVD & Perfect Pitch posted: 21/02/15

The long awaited DVD for That Day We Sang will be released on 30 March 2015. You can pre-order it via our shop.




Michael also became patron of Perfect Pitch. He said said that the UK had a “wonderful tradition of creating great musicals” and added: “It is essential we give emerging writers every opportunity to develop their craft and create the hit shows of tomorrow.”


Perfect Pitch executive producer Andy Barnes said Ball shared the company's “passion in supporting emerging talent with new ideas for musicals”, and added: “We're delighted that he's committed some of his valuable time to further this cause.”

Chichester Mack and Mabel Sale Dates posted:14/02/15

From the Chichester Festival website:

Thursday 26 February - Season Announcement

Monday 2 March - Online Booking for Friends opens

Monday 9 March, 10am - Phone and in person booking opens for Friends

Wednesday 11 March - Public Online Booking opens

Monday 16 March, 10am - Public phone and in person booking opens

Become a Friend here.


Mack and Mabel Tour (mostly) already on sale posted:06/02/15

Quite astonishingly the tickets for most part of the Mack and Mabel tour are going on sale today (!) while the tickets for the Chichester production will be available from the end of February.

Manchester and Edinburgh are on sale from ATG from 10am. Head over to to get them.

Dublin is also on sale today from 10am via Ticketmaster

Nottingham will start its general sale on Monday, 9 February, also at 10am and via their own website.

Those wanting to go to Plymouth will have to wait for 24 February and can find tickets via the theatre's website.

The final leg of the tour, Cardiff, will go on sale on 27 February. Here's the link.



Mack and Mabel (Tour) Announced posted:03/02/15

The dates for the Mack and Mabel run in Chichester (13 July - 5 September) and even for a UK tour were announced yesterday.

We will soon have a page dedicated to Mack and Mabel, of course, but until then check out this article at BroadwayWorld.

General ticket sale starts at the end of February.

Here are the UK tour dates (courtesy of BroadwayWorld.com):



Media Appearances 2015 posted:16/01/15 - UPDATED: 02/02/15

Upcoming media dates:

1 February: Get your Act Together, ITV1, 7:00pm

10 February: Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, DAVE TV, 10pm

Mel and Sue, ITV1, 4pm new

Grand Final: Get Your Act Together, ITV1, 7pm new


Media Appearances posted:29/11/14 - UPDATED 16/12/14

Upcoming media dates:

1 December: Text Santa, ITV3, 7 - 8:30pm

6 December: Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Channel 4, 9am cancelled due to illness

8 December: The Christmas Window, Sky Arts 1, 7:30 - 7:45pm

14 December: Weekend Wogan, BBC Radio 2, 11am

17 December: The One Show, BBC One, 7pm new

21 December: Mark Carter, BBC Radio Surrey/Sussex, 3pm new

26 December: That Musical We Made, BBC Two, 3:30pm

26 December: That Day We Sang, BBC Two, 9pm

27 December: Weekend, ITV 1, 8:25am

5 January: Backchat with Jack Whitehall, BBC 2, 10pm new


Album Promotion posted:16/11/14

Michael's record company for his latest album (Union Square) contacted us and asked us to share a special e-card created for the release of If Everyone was Listening... with you. Click the pic, enjoy and share!

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New Musical Announced for 2015 posted:14/11/14

The Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye announced yesterday night that Michael will star in next year's Chichester Festival production of Mack and Mabel.

This is what the tweet said:

IT'S OFFICIAL @mrmichaelball contracted 2 star in #MACK&MABEL @ChichesterFT Summer '15 Jonathan Church directs @StephenMear choreographs.

It has been rumoured for a long time now and it feels good to have the confirmation at last. So there is something to look forward to after the tour.

Michael himself seemed relieved that word is finally out, see his tweet from this morning:

I see the news of Mack and Mabel @ChichesterFT has broken at last. So glad I can talk about it now. Rubbish at keeping it secret!! Excited

So are we!

Media Appearances UPDATED posted:29/10/14 - Updated: 11/11/14

Upcoming media dates:

11 November: The Musicals (Ep. 3), BBC Radio 2, 11pm

12 November: BBC Breakfast, BBC One, 6am

13 November: Alan Titchmarsh, ITV 1, 3pm

14 November: Breakfast Show, BBC Radio 2, 6:30 - 9:30am new

16 November: Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am

16 November: Christmas Show, Vintage TV, 6pm

17 November: Never Mind The Buzzcocks, BBC Two, 10pm

18 November: Neil McCormick's Needle Time, Vintage TV, 10:30pm

21 November: Strictly Come Dancing, It Takes Two, BBC Two, 6:30pm

28 November: Loose Women, ITV1, 12:30pm

6 December: Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose, Channel 4, 9am


Charity Appearance posted:09/11/14

Just like last year, Michael will be a special guest at RHN's Chistmas Carols concerts. The concert will be held on Thursday 11 December at 7pm at the Holy Trinity Church in Wandworth in south west London and you can get your tickets (15 Pounds) and read more here.



UK Tour Dates Announced posted:28/10/14

The dates for Michael's 2015 UK tour for If Everyone Was Listening... were announced yesterday.

We will soon have a page dedicated to the tour 2015 but until then check out the dates at Live Nation and start planning!

General ticket sale starts on 31 October at 9am.

UPDATED with the actual dates on 29/10/14:

April
07/04/15 Bournemouth BIC
08/04/15 Oxford New Theatre
09/04/15 Ipswich Regent Theatre
11/04/15 London Hammersmith Apollo
12/04/15 Birmingham Symphony  Hall
14/04/15 Brighton Centre
16/04/15 Nottingham Royal Concrt Hall
18/04/15 Manchester Bridgewater Hall
19/04/15 Liverpool Auditorium
21/04/15 Blackpool Opera House
23/04/15 York Barbican
24/04/15 Newcastle City Hall
25/04/15 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
27/04/15 Sheffield City Hall
28/04/15 Bristol Colston Hall
29/04/15 Cardiff St David's Hall
May
01/05/15 Plymouth Pavillions
02/05/15 Portsmouth Guildhall
03/05/15 Southampton Mayflower



(Media) Appearances and Album News UPDATED posted:18/10/14

Upcoming (media) appearances:

19 October: Weekend Wogan, BBC Radio 2, 11am new

27 October: BBC Children in Need Gala Lunch, 12:30pm new

9 November: Songs of Praise, BBC 1 (get tickets for the recording in Aldershot)

12 November: BBC Breakfast, BBC 1, 6am

13 November: Alan Titchmarsh, ITV 1, 3pm

16 November: Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9:30am



UPDATE: You can listen to sound clips from all the songs of the new album on iTunes. If you haven't already, download the programme and search for the album. You will then be able to listen to 90 seconds of each song (should you not wish to download the programme you can listen online here but these clips are only 30 seconds long. Click on each song to hear a preview.).



Prior to the release of his new abum you can see a behind the scenes featurette of the comercial shoot. Enjoy!


Album News posted:30/09/14

The moment we have been waiting for has come today. Michael has announced news of his upcoming new album on his Facebook page.

The album will be released on 17 November 2014. You can order the album here. See the cover, read the press release and see the highly anticipated song list here:

If everyone was listening...

....

Track Listing

1. Bad Things
2. Simple Love
3. I Won't Give Up
4. Jessie
5. Still The Same
6. You Needed Me
7. Stuck Like Glue
8. The Climb
9. Need You Now
10. May You Never
11. What We Ain't Got
12. If Everyone Was Listening
13. Let It Be Me (Michael Ball & The Overtones)
14. Angel
15. Falling Slowly

 

MICHAEL BALL, double Olivier Award winner and multi-platinum recording artist, is delighted to announce the release of 'If Everyone Was Listening...', his 19th studio album.

His most personal record to date, the album contains 15 hand-picked tracks that Michael chose to record himself. A mix of individual classics, award winners and chart toppers spanning the last 40 years, the collection is a snapshot of the music he plays on his Radio 2 show, 'Sunday Night With Michael Ball'.

Taking its name from the 1974 Supertramp song (a favourite of Michael's growing up) the album includes the Everly Brothers' classic 'Let It Be Me', which Michael recorded - to stunning effect - with vocal group The Overtones. Bob Seger's 'Still The Same', Anne Murray's Grammy-winning 'You Needed Me' and John Martyn's enduring 'May You Never' all receive sensitive interpretations, while Michael indulges his sassy side with a rollicking reworking of 'Bad Things', the theme song to the TV vampire drama, True Blood.

Some of the song choices were inspired by Michael's love of country music and its current stars, including Alison Krauss, whose sublime 'Simple Love' is one of Michael's favourite songs. Another little known song to get the MB treatment is Jake Owen's 'What We Ain't Got' which sits alongside a solo rendering of Lady Antebellum's duet 'Need You Now' and the quirky 'Stuck Like Glue', originally by Sugarland.

Other tracks include the Joshua Kadison song, 'Jessie' on which Michael sings all the harmonies himself, the powerful and almost spiritual 'Angel' by Sarah McLachlan, 'The Climb' (previously performed by Miley Cyrus and Joe McElderry) and of course a musicals number; in this case the Oscar winning 'Falling Slowly' from Once, the album's closing track.


TV News posted:01/09/14

Michael's team posted on his Facebook Page that his episode of Stars At Your Service will be aired on Saturday, 4 October on Channel 4 at 6pm. Enjoy!


Various (media) News posted:22/09/14

You have several chances to catch Michael live or on telly over the next few weeks:

He recorded an interview for Vintage TV. His episode of “Needle Time” will be broadcast sometime in November.

Also Michael will cover a special gala performance of Miss Saigon for BBC Radio 2 on 3 October at 9pm.

He will be judge at “Talent 2014” at the Criterion Theatre in London (26 October, 7:30pm) where they search for next big musical star. You can get tickets here. This will be in aid of Acting for Others.

On 1 December Michael will appear at ITV’s “Loose Women” (12:30pm).

He was also seen busking in the streets of Harrogate singing “Happy” – he did this for telly (Stars at your service perhaps?). You can see the video here:




Stars At Your Service posted:04/09/14

As you can see in his Twitter feed, Michael has joined many other celebrities for Stars At Your Service, a Channel 4 TV show. It is all in aid of Stand Up To Cancer. The live show will be aired on 17 October.


This is how it all works. A good idea for a great cause! Maybe you have an idea for a "job" for Mr Ball?

As soon as we know a transmission date we will let you know.



Michael's Ice Bucket Challenge posted:24/08/14

Having been nominated to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of MNDA by Collabro, Michael took the challenge and posted the video below as proof. We would like to second his plea to donate generously as it is for a really good cause. Read more:

 

In case you haven't heard about it yet, this is what the Ice Bucket Challenge is all about (courtesy of Wikipedia):

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral throughout social media during mid 2014.[1][2] In the United Kingdom, people also participate in the challenge for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The challenge dares nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and challenging others to do the same. A common stipulation is that nominated people have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a charitable financial donation.

And now, here is the video. Enjoy!

 

More Ken Bruce in October posted:14/08/14

Once again Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce . (Yay!) You can listen to him in the week from 27 October (9:30am, BBC Radio 2).


West End Heroes & Silver Clef posted:04/07/14

On 28 September Michael will host West End Heroes at the Dominion Theatre (he also hopes to sing a few songs, of course). You can buy your tickets here.

This is what the Dominion website says:

Following the phenomenal success of West End Heroes last year, which saw the casts of many of the biggest West End musicals unite with the finest UK military bands and musicians in a stunning performance that raised over £88,000 for the charity Help For Heroes , the newly refurbished Dominion Theatre is to once again host the event, this year on Sunday 28 September.

Michael is very much looking forward to the event:

"I'm absolutely thrilled to be able to take part in WEST END HEROES and to show my respect, admiration and support for the amazing men and women who‘ve literally put their lives on the line for us all It'll be a joy and a challenge to host the entire evening (as well as hopefully performing a couple of songs) and I can promise it's going to be a concert not to be missed. And, if all goes to plan there will be some wonderful surprises in store!"



Today Michael attended the Nordoff Robbins 02 Silver Clef Awards. Enjoy some great shots at Getty's website.



Book Club and Concert posted:15/06/14

Tomorrow, on 16 June at 5:05pm Michael will review a novel for BBC Radio 2's Book Club. They tweeted this gorgoues picture.



Also on 20 September Michael will join the celebrations at the Alhambra Theatre in Bradford. The evening will be called A Night of Variety, Celebrating 100 years of the Alhambra Theatre and you can book your tickets here.

Ken Bruce posted:12/05/14

Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce again. You can listen to him in the week from 26 May as well as from 4 August (9:30am, BBC Radio 2).

Media News posted:26/04/14

On 30 April at 11:05pm BBC One will repeat Michael's Room 101 episode but this will also be an extended version running 10 minutes longer than the original.

On 9 May between 6 - 8pm BBC Radio 2 will air Michael Ball's Eurovision: The Singers and the Songwriters where Michael "talks all things Eurovision with some of the UK's past participants."

Also while sitting in for Ken Bruce recently, Michael mentioned he would be doing that again at the end of May. Once we know the exact dates we will let you know.

Archer Street's Got Talent posted:13/04/14

On 15 April Soho's Archer Street will "host the final of Archer Street's Got Talent, where eight of their, as of yet, undiscovered singers battle it out for the grand title. And who's heading up the judging panel? None other than West End superstar Michael Ball. It's set to be a big night. The winner will be crowned the ‘Voice of Soho'. The contest has been running for the past four months, with members of the public taking to the stage in a bid to win the £5,000 prize. "



Cork and more posted:06/04/14

On 10 April (6 - 8pm) Michael will join a host of other celebrities for the Shop with the Stars event an Fenwick's of Bond Street in London. The stars will be manning the tills, packing bags and even being personal shoppers. This ois all in aid of Acting for Others. Read all about the event here.

Also remember that he will be standing in for Ken Bruce for two weeks (7 April - 18 April) at 9:30am, BBC Radio 2.

BBC Radio 2 announced that they will launch a pop-up digital radio station ('Radio 2 Eurovision') to celebrate this year's Eurovision Song Contest from 8 - 11 May 2014. Michael will be among the presenters. Read more.



Michael will be appearing once again with the Cork Youth Orchestra on 10 & 11 May at the Cork City Hall (Ireland). He will be performing songs from the movies. Tickets can be bought here.



Cathy and Michael attended the press night of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at the Savoy Theatre in London. Photo from wooller.com.




News Roundup posted:18/03/14

Michael will present highlights of this year's Olivier Awards in a BBC Radio 2 show on 19 April at 6pm.



He also gave a short interview on the Perfect Pitch Award and hints a possible West End return before the end of the year (YAY!).


Yesterday Cathy and Michael attended the Once - The Musical gala performance in aid of Oxfam. And Getty Images has some wonderful photos of the event. Two of them below:




Lytham Proms Concert posted:13/02/14

Michael will be performing at the Lytham Proms concert on 3 August 2014.

Michael will be headlining the concert and he will be joined by Lesley Garrett, Kerry Ellis and Rhydian Roberts. You can find more information about the concert here and you can book tickets from Friday at 9am via the before mentionned link.


BBC Radio 2 Concert posted:07/02/14

Michael has barely finished filming "Tubby & Enid" when he was back in the BBC Radio Theatre to join fellow singers for a tribute concert for David Jacobs. It will air on 9 February at 11pm on BBC Radio 2.

Here is what the programme's website says:

Friends and colleagues from the Entertainment industry pay tribute to legendary broadcaster David Jacobs who died last year aged 87. Introduced by his friend and fellow Radio 2 presenter Ken Bruce, with contributions from some of the people he worked with, and some of the musicians he loved, the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Mike Dixon remember "his" kind of music in a special programme from London's BBC Radio Theatre.

Media News and Taipei Concert posted:25/01/14

Michael will be sitting in for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2 again for two weeks in April. Tune in Monday to Friday from 7 April until 18 April, 9:30am - 12:00pm.

Also the episode of Room 101 that he has recorded on 22 October 2013 will be aired on 31 January on BBC One at 8:30pm. There was an article in the RadioTimes about this episode.



Following the huge success of the Shanghai concerts Michael will join the tour of "Do You Hear The People Sing?" again in Taipei, Taiwan. He will be singing two shows on 29 March 2014. You can buy tickets via this website.


BBC Movie "Tubby & Enid" and media news - UPDATED 01/01/14 posted:11/12/13

Exciting news! It has been confirmed that Michael will be starring alongside Imelda (Staunton) in a brand new BBC movie adaptation of Victoria Wood's play The Day We Sang.

It will be called “Tubby and Enid”, shooting begins on 6 January 2014. You can read more about this here and here. We cannot wait to see this. 90 minutes – a proper movie. Back to the roots indeed.


UPDATED - Upcoming media appearances:

15 December: Sunday Brunch, Channel 4, 9.30am - cancelled

22 December: Songs of Praise Big Sing Christmas Carol, BBC One, 4.35pm

26 December: Debbie McCrory, BBC Radio Cornwall, 6pm - new

29 December: Catchphrase Christmas Special, ITV1, 7pm

2 January: Michael Grade's Stars of Musical Theatre, BBC Four, 9.45pm

3 January: Don Black Tribute Concert, BBC Four, 7.30pm

15 January: The Great Sport Relief Bake Off, BBC Two, 8pm - new


A lot of Ball to look forward to!






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