LIVE REVIEW: Collabro, Newcastle City Hall

HOMECOMING SHOW ... Collabro performed at Newcastle City Hall with Lucy Kay, inset.
HOMECOMING SHOW ... Collabro performed at Newcastle City Hall with Lucy Kay, inset.
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STANDING ovation after standing ovation came for Collabro at a special homecoming gig.

Washington’s Jamie Lambert gave a stunning and triumphant performance alongside his bandmates Richard Hadfield, Michael Auger, Matt Pagan and Thomas J Redgrave at Newcastle City Hall tonight.

The 25-year-old, whose mum is Lorraine Lambert, chief executive of South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust, had said he was excited for the Newcastle leg of the tour, and it was certainly a special night for all who were there.

The boys looked dashing, their harmonies were gorgeous, their performances were breathtaking, and they were truly at home on the stage.

They kicked off the show with Anthem, from the musical Chess, and straight away, their impeccably on-point harmonies let everyone know what an incredible evening they were in for.

The band may have been singing together for just over one year – having formed a month before their Britain’s Got Talent audition – but you’d never believe it.

The quintet oozed charm and professionalism to give their audience an unforgettable night.

They recently celebrated the anniversary of their first audition. Of course, they surprised both the judges and the audience in that moment, but it’s clear that they’ve come a long way since then.

They were full of ‘thank you’s for the support that they’ve received, and you could tell they truly meant it.

Beautiful renditions of Music Of The Night, Secrets and A Thousand Years left everybody gobsmacked, and Over The Rainbow was out of this world.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything as beautiful as Collabro’s harmonies – they gave me goose bumps.

I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything as beautiful as Collabro’s harmonies – they gave me goose bumps.

The boys kicked off the second act of the show with Frozen hit Let It Go before Jamie took to the piano as they sang I’ll Be There For You, the theme from Friends.

Jamie said he was honoured to perform to the crowd in Newcastle, and they were honoured to have him and his bandmates perform for them.

A string of standing ovations went along with Come What May, Bring Him Home, I Dreamed A Dream and Stars, and emotions ran high as the boys sang With You and Somewhere.

Collaborators – the name adopted by Collabro fans – came in their droves to the concert and they certainly weren’t disappointed by the spectacle of the live show.

Backed up by an eight-piece string orchestra and a piano, and stood in front of 6ft letters spelling out their name, Collabro were unbelievably amazing.

They were joined on stage by opera singer Lucy Kay, runner up to the boys on last year’s Britain’s Got Talent.

She gave show-stopping performances of Carmen’s Habanera and Nessun Dorma.

Support also came from unsigned artist, Philippa Hanna, who showcased some great original songs while accompanying herself on acoustic guitar.

But Collabro really are something else. The boys just blew me away. It was a night that those who were lucky enough to be part of it will never forget.

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