Rock superstar Brian May will once again team up with West End favourite Kerry Ellis for a major concert tour in the run-up to Christmas.
The Candlelit Christmas Concert Tour will feature the Queen guitarist and the leading West End actress in their sixth tour together.
Launching on Wednesday 7 December at Dorking Halls in Surrey, the 11-date tour will feature new songs from the duo’s second album together, Anthems II, alongside Queen classics and other personal favourites.
Unveiling details of the tour, Ellis – who will soon be seen in the Off-Broadway musical Murder Ballad at London’s Arts Theatre – said: “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. We like to think it’s a very unique and special evening.”
Currently in the middle of a hugely successful Queen tour with Adam Lambert, May added: “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.”
The tour will play Worthing Assembly Hall on Thursday 8 December before heading to Buxton Opera House (Sunday 11 December); Leeds Grand Theatre (Monday 12 December); Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (Wednesday 14 December); Preston Guildhall (Thursday 15 December); Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry (Saturday 17 December); Cheltenham Town Hall (Monday 19 December); Colston Hall, Bristol (Tuesday 20 December); Congress Theatre, Eastbourne (Thursday 22 December); and Guildford G Live (Friday 23 December).
May and Ellis first met when the singer starred in the record-breaking Queen musical We Will Rock You. May went on to produce Ellis’ first album Anthems and then joined her on their first tour together in 2011. Tickets for their latest collaboration go on sale this Friday (15 July).
Looking forward to their Christmas reunion, May said: “Although life has taken us both into so many new areas recently, live music is still what makes us tick – the greatest joy. And Ms Ellis is the perfect fellow band member! I’m grateful for the opportunity we have to bring this show to an even wider audience. I’m already working on hardening up the finger ends!”
Ellis added: “It’s always a joy to be able to perform live with the ‘Doc’ and this time will be as magical as ever. We seem to always be developing and bring new ideas to the table. Alongside performing and recording we are still learning and for me that’s the exciting part. I feel very fortunate to be doing another tour together and sharing yet another show with our audiences.”