West End actor and BBC Voice of Musical Theatre Tom Solomon is releasing a new album titled Musicals, Vol. 1. Officially released on 10 December 2021 – just in time for Christmas – the album is available to pre-order on iTunes from today (19 November).
Tom Solomon‘s previous album Beautiful Day went straight to No.1 on the iTunes Classical Chart, when it was released in 2016.
Musicals, Vol. 1 features eight classic show tunes including five from musicals Tom has performed in:
- Anthem – from Chess
- Maria – from West Side Story
- The Music of the Night – from The Phantom of the Opera
- Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – from Les Miserables
- Bring Him Home – from Les Miserables
Commenting on the new album, Solomon said:
“I’ve always wanted to release an album of Musical Theatre songs. I decided during lockdown that I needed to keep my mind active and keep being creative. My plan is to record a trilogy (or tetralogy) of songs I’ve performed in shows and concerts throughout my career.”
Tom has also performed roles in Chicago, Scrooge, Into The Woods, Hello Dolly, Side By Side By Sondheim and Glamorous Nights, the Ivor Novello Celebration. He made his New York debut in The Enchanted Pig and created the leading role of William Hogarth in the Royal Opera House production Pleasure’s Progress.
A regular on BBC Radio 2, his other recent guest performances include Magic of the Musicals at Manchester Bridgewater Hall and Buxton Opera House with The Hallé Orchestra and Showstoppers at Dublin National Concert Hall with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra.
He was also invited as part of Stars of the West End to perform concerts for The President, His Excellency Dr Tony Tan in Singapore and for The Queen of Negeri Sembilan and Prince of Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur both sponsored by British Airways.
The other classic show tunes included on Musicals, Vol. 1 are Tom’s renditions of Love Changes Everything from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Aspects of Love, Some Enchanted Evening from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s from South Pacific, and I Am What I Am from Jerry Herman’s La Cage aux Folles.