Eyes down for virtual celebrity Christmas concert hosted by Burnley's homegrown star and 'Britain's Got Talent' semi-finalist
Burnley's homegrown star and 'Britain's Got Talent' semi-finalist Andrew Derbyshire is hosting a star studded virtual Christmas concert in a bid to bring some festive cheer to people around the globe.
West End sensation and 'Loose Women' star Brenda Edwards and international showgirl, Tamsin Stewart, will appear in the live show, Virtually Together, next Tuesday, December 8th.
Padiham born Andrew said: "It’s been a very trying and tough year for the arts and while I believe in the saying that ‘everything happens for a reason’ I am not sure what that reason is just yet.
"We really want to lift people and get them into the Christmas spirit. This is a chance to get glammed up, pour a glass of fizz and enjoy a spectacular show live in your own home.
"We cannot perform in the theatres so this is the next best thing."
The concert is part of a series of virtual online festive parties, experiences and quizzes Andrew is hosting with his business partner and friend of over 20 years Carl Mullaney.
They launched London based events company Ace Productions in 2014.. Specialising in live entertainment, event planning and entertainment consultancy the company been responsible for providing live music acts for some of
Londons biggest and best entertainment venues, as well as working individually with high profile clients on private parties and events.
Now they want to give families and work colleagues, who may not have seen each other in person for several months, the chance to enjoy some festive fun together.
From bingo, quizzes and scavenger hunts to special live Christmas concert featuring West End stars, Carl, who is a TV and theatre actor and international cabaret host with a string of West End appearances to his credit, said: "We know that lockdown has been saturated with online quizzes but nothing quite like the ones we host."
The duo's concerts include an intimate evening of songs and stories and will feature Andrew and Carl performing a selection of Christmas classics and there is also an option to see a number of West End stars live in your own home performing just for you.
Andrew said: "This is a really special way to see live professional performances during a time when the theatres and concert halls of England are silent."
Earlier this year Andrew was among a 'supergroup' of over 40 cruise liner entertainers, from 15 countries around the world, who released a charity single and video to raise money for the World Health Organsation.
Andrew and fellow artistes performed Josh Groban's Thankful in a bid to unite people and also raise money for the WHO's Covid 19 relief fund.
Andrew, who is a former student at Burnley's Basics Theatre School, found fame when he made it to the top 50 of Pop Idol, one of the TV's first reality talent shows back in 2001.
He was spotted by producer Bill Kenwright and chosen to play the lead role in the hit musical Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in London.
He re-located to the capital and reached the semi finals of Britain's Got Talent after belting out Jocelyn Brown’s Somebody Else’s Guy in his audition which won him a standing ovation from the judges.