This summer will see two of the most powerful and award-winning voices of this century appear in concert together for the very first time. Kerry Ellis and Matt Cardle will take to the stage at The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds for an epic evening of entertainment, for one-night only.
Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, with a number of starring roles in London, New York, and around the world. Meanwhile Matt has become a multi-platinum recording artist having completed five sold-out tours since winning The X Factor’s highest-rating series in 2010, watched by over 19 million.
Kerry began her assault on the West End in the early naughties with We Will Rock You and was the first British Elphaba in the worldwide smash, Wicked, for which she won the award for ‘Best Takeover in a Role’ in 2008. She then took the role to Broadway for six months, where she won Broadway.com award for ‘Favourite Female Breakthrough Performance’, before returning to London in the role for a further six months. Her other leading role credits include Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Cats, Nancy in Oliver!, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon and Fantine in Les Miserables.
Brit Award nominee Matt has sold over 2.2 million records in the UK including a number of hit singles; #1 When We Collide, #6 Run For Your Life, #10 Loving You and the timeless First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. These songs were taken from Matt’s three multi-platinum top 10 albums; Letters (2011), The Fire (2012) and Porcelain (2013). His debut single When We Collide was recently named as one of the UK’s Top 40 biggest selling singles of the past decade and the #1 best-selling single of the past century in Ireland. Matt is currently writing and recording his forth studio album which will take a more electro sound, yet still soulful to showcase his four octave vocal range.
Kerry continued her long-term working relationship with Brian May last year with a tour of Europe and the release of their new album Golden Days. Kerry also played Sara in the critically acclaimed West End production of Murder Ballad, alongside Ramin Karimloo, Norman Bowman and Victoria Hamilton-Barritt, towards the end of 2016. The European premier was directed by Sam Yates. Kerry is currently playing Alice in the UK Tour of Frank Wildhorn’s musical Wonderland, until the 19th August.
In addition to his acclaimed output as a solo artist, Matt has also shown a keen intuition for collaboration since his top 10 duet with pop royalty Melanie C in 2013. Last year saw live performances with The Trevor Horn Band and Mobo award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown. Perhaps the most unique among his achievements is his 2015 award for ‘Best West End Debut’, won for his show-stopping stage performance, alongside Beverley Knight, in the acclaimed West End production of Memphis.
This is very much a homecoming show for the dynamic duo. Kerry was born and raised in Suffolk while Matt was born in Southampton, raised in Essex and his family now residing in Suffolk. Matt and Kerry met during a run of Broadway In Concert shows in 2016, including a sold-out performance at The London Palladium, where plans for this special show began.
Kerry last performed at The Apex to a sell-out crowd in October 2015 while Matt performed to a capacity crowd in July 2016. Tickets for this unique collaboration, expected to be one of this summers hottest tickets, go on sale at 9am, Friday March 10th.
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