FA Cup final singing date for tenor Alfie

Alfie Boe
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Fleetwood tenor Alfie Boe will swap Broadway for The FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.

The 41-year-old singing star, best known for playing Jean Valjean in the musical Les Miserables, will sing Abide With Me and the national anthem in front of a packed crowd of Arsenal and Aston Villa fans.

For Abide With Me, Boe will lead the BBC Songs of Praise FA Cup Fans Choir – made up of 64 supporters – accompanied by The Band of the Brigade of Gurkhas.

He said: “I can’t wait to perform at the FA Cup Final.

“I’m proud to be a part of such a historic final, at such a historic venue, plus getting to represent our great nation with our national anthem and Abide With Me.

“I know the atmosphere will be electric and I know that the excitement of the game transfers to each household and venue around the 
world.”

The youngest of nine children, Boe added: “As a kid we would wear our own personal team colours, even if they weren’t playing and tune in for the Cup Final and celebrate the teams that made it through such a difficult tournament.

“The FA Cup Final seems to bring everyone together to unite the magic and glory of our national game – I’m thrilled to be a part of it, plus for the first time in my life, I get a Cup Final ticket.”