Review: Gareth Malone’s Voices, Portsmouth Guildhall

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The people of Portsmouth were in fine tune courtesy of Gareth Malone.

The television choirmaster’s show, Voices, concluded at the Guildhall after 14 nights of touring the country.

Joining him on-stage was a choir made up of 16 musicians aged 18-27 from across the UK, including Charlotte Roberts from Gosport.

From the moment they began the first number, Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart made famous by Alicia Keys, it was clear that the audience were in for a treat.

The vocalists spoilt the crowd with a vast array of songs from different genres and decades. Highlights included Always on My Mind, Get Around and Bridge Over Troubled Water.

The group also performed a mesmerising rendition of So Close, the Broadchurch theme tune.

Gareth took to the microphone himself and showed off his own vocal skills for a couple of numbers including Yazoo’s Only You.

During Stand By Me, he sauntered into the crowd and picked on an unsuspecting teenager to join him on-stage and perform, which she did much to the audience’s delight.

Following a rapturous applause with the crowd on their feet, the cast returned for an encore to sing Calgary by Bon Iver.

A fantastic night out for music lovers.

KAYLEIGH MILLEN