How it all began...
The Night of 1000 Voices and The Night of 1000 Stars have thrilled capacity audiences at the Royal Albert Hall since 1999. The Night of 1000 Voices was originally produced as the centenary celebration for The National Opera and Dramatic Association featuring 100 members from each of the 10 regions of NODA singing songs from the shows.
Subsequently, for the past 15 years, audiences have thrilled to the sight and sound of the huge The Night of 1000 Voices massed choir from around the British Isles, 75 children and young artistes from the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Laine Theatre Arts and the London Studio Centre together with the West End Chorus and The City of London Philharmonic who, together with Stephen Disley at the Great Organ of the Royal Albert Hall, have accompanied some very special stars from London, New York and Europe in musicals' nights to remember.
"The Night of 1000 Voices has the feel of an Award showbut the immediacy of a rock spectacular…"
Every year a musical great, or an aspect of musical theatre, is chosen to be celebrated – these have included Cy Coleman, Stephen Sondheim, Tim Rice, John Kander and Fred Ebb, Hal Prince, Trevor Nunn, The Best of Broadway and The Music of the Knights (Eyre, Hytner, John, Lloyd Webber, Mackintosh and Rice).
In 2006, as a tribute to Caron Keating and Gloria Hunniford, The Night of 1000 Voices performed to a capacity audience in the 8,000-seat Odyssey Arena.
Special guests who have performed in The Night of 1000 Voices include Michael Ball, Graham Bickley, Alex Bourne, Alan Campbell, Len Cariou, Glenn Close, Cy Coleman, Brian Conley, Peter Corry, Robin Cousins, Michael Crawford, Anthony Crivello, Kerry Ellis, David Essex, Maria Friedman, James Galway, Tiffany Graves, Joel Grey, Roy Hudd, Gloria Hunniford, Kelli James, Alex Jennings, John Kander, Howard Keel, Laura Michelle Kelly, Lauren Kennedy, Ian Knauer, Judy Kuhn, Debbie Kurup, Shona Lindsay, Marcus Lovett, Christian Lund, Kenneth Nichols, Brian May, Annette McLaughlin, Alan Menken, Roger Moore, Caroline O'Connor, Elaine Paige, Adam Pascal, Jerome Pradon, Philip Quast, Katie Rowley Jones, Tim Rice, Cliff Richard, Yngve Gasoy Romdal, Claire Sweeney, Rebecca Thornhill, Alan Titchmarsh, Denise van Outen, Sally Ann Triplett, Tabitha Webb, Colm Wilkinson, Kristen Beth Williams, Diana Yukawa and Riverdance.
"The Night of 1000 Voices is Live Aid with Jazz Hands…"
Money has been raised for The Alan Jay Lerner Fund for Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital, The Caron Keating Foundation, The Missing Person's Helpline, The Lord's Taverners, ADDISS, The National Autistic Society, Variety Club Children's Charity and Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.
In 2015, The Night of 1000 Voices moves to the largest theatre in London, the London Coliseum.