8 March 2017
Reviewed by Louise Watts
Since the turn of the millennium, we have been introduced to the phenomenon of reality TV. This has had some positive and negative press over the years but the one thing that can’t be disputed is that it has introduced us to a variety of talent that may or may not have been spotted without the reality TV option. Talent such as G4. The 4 men who shot to fame in 2004 having come second in the X-Factor. These men with the most incredible singing harmonies who have bridged the gap between pop and opera and made it trendy in the process – quite an achievement really!
I was lucky enough to be able to see G4 yesterday evening at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells. I love this theatre as it has the most incredible atmosphere, brilliant refreshment facilities and parking is really simple and costs only £1 for the whole evening. The staff are always very welcoming and helpful and it has fast become one of my favourite venues and is well worth the one hour drive for me to get there.
The show warmed up with the boys supporting lady, Mary-Jess, who was simply incredible and Oli Nez playing the most beautiful saxophone solos. This show had all the hallmarks of a wonderful evening. The boys soon entered the stage – Jonathan, Ben, Mike and Nick. They looked extremely smart in their matching suits and we were treated to some of the most wonderful singing harmonies I have ever heard. Performances of “My Way”, “Jerusalem”, and my favourite song of all time “Love Changes Everything”. They were accompanied on stage by the most beautiful string trio and very dashing pianist who performed the most beautiful music. Oli was also on stage and I have to sing this man’s praises – not only is he the most amazing saxophonist but he also plays the clarinet and flute too… is there no end of talent for this handsome musician?
The set was simple but romantic with red roses decorating the stage. You could see all the musicians which was also lovely. All too quickly the interval had come around. Disappointed? Yes, but only in that the interval had arrived so quickly. The first half performance had been the most beautiful, emotionally moving, musical experience and I was hooked!
After a brief interval, the boys were back with the beautiful Mary-Jess and performed another of my favourites from Phantom Of The Opera – “All I ask of you”. Mary-Jess has the most mesmerising voice. It is nothing short of angelic and when combined with these beautiful male harmonies it was breath-taking. As if that wasn’t enough you had the most handsome Jonathan Ansell and the most piercing eyes I have ever seen in Mike Christie – I was smitten! Then there was the rather dapper and soave Ben Thapa and Nick Ashby.
The second half contained some more well-known pop and opera numbers including Bryan Adams famous Robin Hood number “Everything I Do”, “Barcelona” and G4’s signature “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Sadly, the evening had to come to an end and the boys received a well-deserved standing ovation. An absolutely outstanding evening which I would recommend to everybody. I have already looked up dates to go and see their “Christmas by Candlelight” tour. I will be there December 21st at Arundel Cathedral.
G4 are currently on tour around the UK, for more information and tour dates visit www.g4official.com.
For other shows at the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells visit www.assemblyhalltheatre.co.uk.
Assembly Hall Theatre, Crescent Rd, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2LU | 01892 530613