Legendary singer Elaine Paige will be heading up north this year as part of a series of concerts entitled Stripped Back.

Along with a small group of musicians, the singer, who has starred in more smash hit West End and Broadway musicals than anyone else of her generation, will perform her favourite tracks from an array of contemporary songwriters at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall and Manchester Bridgewater Hall in October and William Aston Hall in Wrexham in December.

This follows Elaine’s last solo tour in 2014 which was a sell-out celebratory concert encompassing her incredible 50 year career and saw her say farewell to a full touring schedule.

She made her first professional appearance on stage in 1964, at the age of 16 and it was her appearance in the 1968 production of Hair that marked her West End debut.

50 years on stage

Of the concert tour Elaine said: “I’m so excited about this series of concerts. Having made the decision not to do a back to back tour again, this appealed to me not only because of the schedule, but as I’ve marked my 50 years on stage, this is going to allow me to do something completely different - a brand new show celebrating the contemporary songwriters I love such as Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Jim Webb, Burt Bacharach, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Elton John, Lennon & McCartney, the list goes on.

“Their music has been the soundtrack to all our lives, not just mine. And it's the ideal opportunity to perform in an intimate way.”

Elaine has performed live in concert all over the world and as a recording artist has worked with legendary producers such as Tony Visconti, Dennis Lambert, Peter Matz and Phil Ramone among others.

She has released 22 solo albums (four multi-platinum and nine gold), been featured on seven cast recordings and has had major worldwide hits with songs such as Memory from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s hit musical Cats and I Know Him So Well from Abba’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus’s musical Chess.

She also presents the hugely successful weekly BBC Radio 2 show Elaine Paige on Sunday, which is devoted to musical theatre and film music, and continues to delight audiences of more than 2.5 million listeners each week with its mix of music, news and interviews.

Elaine Paige will be at Liverpool Philharmonic hall on Thursday, October 6, Manchester Bridgewater Hall on Saturday, October 8, tickets from elainepaige.com and William Aston Hall in Wrexham on Tuesday, December 13. Tickets are available for the Wrexham gig from the box office on 0844 888 9991 or from the website.