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Album Q & A posted:18/11/14

This has been published on Michael's Facebook page:

Hi all!

To celebrate the release of If Everyone Was Listening, I’ll be holding a Twitter Q&A this Thursday at 7pm GMT, so you can ask me questions about the new album or anything else you fancy!

Just tweet your questions with the hashtag #AskMichaelBall and I’ll answer them live on a Google Hangout.

We’ll also be giving away signed copies of the album for the best questions, so get involved!

More details on Thursday – hope to see you all then! M x

That Day We Sang Premiere / Q&A posted:17/11/14

From the BBC Events website:

This is your chance to attend a special premiere screening of Victoria Wood's new BBC Two film That Day We Sang in Salford.

That Day We Sang is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning writer Victoria Wood's stage play. The television musical, stars BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton and Olivier Award winner Michael Ball.

The film is based on the true-life story of how a Manchester children's choir came to record one of the most popular tunes of the early 20th century.

After the screening you'll also get the chance to sit in on a Q&A session with a panel that will include star Michael Ball and Victoria Wood.

To make the distribution of tickets as fair as possible we are operating a random draw.

You can register for tickets at any time until Monday 17 November at 4pm.

You can apply for a maximum of two tickets here.

The screening will be held at the Vue Manchester Lowry on 24 November at 6:45pm.

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 "That Day We Sang" 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 "That Day We Sang" 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 That Day We Sang.

It will be called “That Day We Sang” (originally Tubby & 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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