Rock legend in a festive celebration

Brian May and Kerry Ellis in Candlelit Christmas SUS-160718-102244001
Brian May and Kerry Ellis in Candlelit Christmas SUS-160718-102244001
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Tickets have gone on sale for this winter’s Candlelit Christmas tour from Queen star Brian May and singing sensation Kerry Ellis.

The pair will play 11 shows across the country in the lead-up to Christmas and come to the Congress Theatre on Thursday December 22 at 8pm.

This is their sixth tour together since their first Anthems shows in 2011, which they performed on the release of Kerry’s first album, produced by Brian.

May comes hot from a huge Queen tour of festivals throughout Europe this summer, including a performance at the Isle of Wight Festival. And by the time Ellis and May embark on their Christmas tour, the now widely critically acclaimed combination of Queen and Adam Lambert will have extended their tour de force in Asia. Ellis in the meantime has consolidated her huge reputation in the world of Musical Theatre. She stands as one of the all-time most lauded Elphabas in Wicked, in London and on Broadway, and by December she will have delivered her starring role in the first run of the Off-Broadway hit Murder Ballad in London’s Arts theatre. Kerry has become one of the most desirable properties ever in the West End, her list of successful headlining roles now unrivalled, including Oliver!, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Cats, and of course creating the role of Meat in We Will Rock You in 2002, which was when Kerry’s studio work with Brian producing began.

This concert tour will feature new songs from the forthcoming second album Anthems II, which the pair have been working on for the last year. ‘Intimate’ is a word Kerry uses when she talks about what first-time audiences might expect from seeing May and Kerry perform their upcoming shows: “Our show is definitely an experience; we like to move people, give them new experiences and take them on our personal journey, and we have a lot of fun. Brian always comes up with great stories to explain our choice of songs, and among them a lot of hidden gems that people have never heard before.”

Says May: “Our show is largely acoustic and usually performed by candlelight. It’s very loose and interactive. In contrast to the bombast of a Queen show, our relationship with the audience is very informal – truly live and spontaneous. This is now my favourite way of performing – it’s a lot of fun and anything can happen. It takes some courage, but we believe our audience loves the fact that we take the risk to run the show completely ‘wild’. No clicks, no loops, no clutter. It’s fundamentally just a voice and a guitar.”

Tickets £45 from www.ticketmaster.co.uk