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Celebrating the music of Ivor Novello; PREVIEW: The Great British Songbook, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

AWARD.WINNING Welsh musical director Ross Leadbeater will celebrate the music of The Great British Songbook with a special Welsh celebration of the music of Ivor Novello in Cardiff.

Hosted by showbiz legend Nicholas Parsons CBE, the concert, at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (RWCMD) will be performed by Ross Leadbeater - formerly of Only Men Aloud - and the RWCMD Musical Theatre.

On the bill are the massive hits and the forgotten gems from the likes of composers Ivor Novello to Andrew Lloyd Webber, Lionel Bart to Leslie Bricusse with The Beatles, Queen and even Gilbert and Sullivan.

Nicholas Parsons has worked in every branch of show business.

A serious actor and comedian, he has performed solo cabaret work and stand-up comedy around the world, including at the internationally renowned Edinburgh Festival.

He became a household name in the early 1960s and hosted Sale of the Century for 14 years and has hosted BBC Radio 4's panel game Just a Minute for 45 years.

Ross Leadbeater's passion for the Great British Songbook has taken him from performing with Classical Brit-Award-winning vocal group Only Men Aloud to a career as a musical director, pianist and vocal coach working with some of the country's finest artistes.

He has overseen a huge range of musical projects throughout the UK and recently, internationally in China. He regularly appears on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio London and recently on the BBC Radio 2 documentary Keep The Home Fires Burning, presented by Don Black.

His television appearances include The Royal Variety Show, BBC Proms in the Park and The One Show.

He has performed in many of the major UK concert halls alongside artists such as Josh Groban, Bonnie Tyler and Katherine Jenkins.

The Great British Songbook is on Friday, January 29, at the Dora Stoutzker Concert Hall and tickets are available from the RWCMD box office on 029 2039 1391.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Dec 29, 2015
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