Monday, 19 January 2015

Blokes in "rather a decent show" shocker

Who would have thought that this dodgy looking lot assembled surreptitiously to one side of the Stage Door at the Bradford Roots show mere moments before storming said auditorium would have produced such a decent sound!?

Have a listen to our rather nifty "Bradford Roots Sampler" and judge for yourself and marvel at the crowd joining in towards the end of "Delilah".

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Bradford Roots Rocks!

What a great start to our gigging year!  Bradford Roots really Rocks!  The now annual fixture of a two day festival hosted by our very own belovéd ChoirMeister and his Mrs to nurture the musical roots that can be found in the rather special place that is Bradford on Avon.

The blokes came out with a storming performance that had the audience in the completely full auditorium clapping in loud appreciation, sometimes before we had even finished the song!  We had just got to the end of the "running on the spot" bit in our newly polished version of Magnificent when the audience went wild in appreciation of our exertion only for us to have another reprise to complete with a glorious salute, as can be seen in the photo above.

And we received a very kind compliment from a Twitterer (as we are led to believe the young call them) stating that The Magnificent AK47 "are officially the manliest choir ever, you guys rock"  see the evidence for your own eyes at our very own "Tweet Spot" (or whatever the young call it) at

A  very BIG thank you to all who made the event possible and here's to next year's event and all the other mini-man adventures we have planned in between.

Saturday, 17 January 2015

1 more sleep till Bradford Roots

A final warning for the good people of Bradford on Avon that we will be heading towards their lovely community festival tomorrow with much excitement in anticipation of kicking off our 2015 season of performances.

The event is starting today if you are still interested in nipping along to see the other local acts.

We will be on stage around 15:00 for a 40 minute set including some newer pieces that we ripped through the other night at our first Weekday Workshop of the year.

There is also a "special Grand Finale" planned which might involve us, if nothing else looking on in a bewildered fashion!

More info from the event website

Sunday, 11 January 2015

6 sleeps till Bradford Roots

Not long now until we lurch back into action with our second performance at the now traditional start to the year to blow away those winter blues that is the wonderful Bradford Roots Music Festival run by our very own belovéd ChoirMeister and his lovely lady.

Now in its 3rd year the events take place on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th January 2015
with The Magnificent AK47 due on stage at 15:00 on Sunday as nearly the finale so we very much hope to see you there.

Book in advance to save money!
Weekend passes: £18 adv (£20 on door) / £14 under 18s
Saturday only: £13 adv (£15 on door) / £9 under 18s
Sunday only: £8 adv (£10 on door) / £6 under 18s 

Tickets now available from the Wiltshire Music Centre by calling 01225 860100 or visiting

Monday, 5 January 2015

Where were you when? Pointless Grandeur with pasty legs in Sydney

Well, we haven't done this for a while... The much belovéd "Where were you when?" feature.  (Which having been reminded may lead to a small spate of them from the overlooked stockpile on the "To Do" list).

As you can see this entry comes from Australia, as it has been amusingly edited to appear upside down for comic effect.  (Apols. Couldn't resist it. Ed).  And shows not one but TWO of our valiant lads struggling against the sunshine and exposing their dangerously pale English legs to the elements.  So, for their bravery and your infotainment, here are some fascinating facts shamelessly lifted straight off wikipedia.

"The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing arts centre in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Situated on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, close to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the facility is adjacent to the Sydney central business district and the Royal Botanic Gardens, between Sydney and Farm Coves.

Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the facility formally opened on 20 October 1973 after a gestation beginning with Utzon's 1957 selection as winner of an international design competition. The NSW Government, led by Premier Joseph Cahill, authorised work to begin in 1958, with Utzon directing construction. The government's decision to build Utzon's design is often overshadowed by circumstances that followed, including cost and scheduling overruns as well as the architect's ultimate resignation." See the original source at for more info.

Meanwhile, the scores are in

1. The Location - 3.5 (Impressive incorporation of not one but TWO globally iconic landmarks but as those who know the rules of these "Where were you when" postings will know what is coming... we have to observe the "no visible signage" rule so docking a point, shame).

2. The Pose - 4.0 (Suitably pointless, although technically one of the points is blunted by the pewter mug, but either way scores very well).

3. The X-Factor -  4.5 (Offering TWO for the price of one on both the location and number of Magnificents in the photo this has to score well, although there was a temptation to dock them for exposing quite so much flesh, but thankfully they did not break the "thou shalt not wear socks and sandals rule, so a very good score).

Making that a total of 12 - The highest score yet from two bloke pointing at two world famous buildings whilst exposing lower legs.  Well done lads!

More "Johnny-come-Lately" challengers to, er, come.

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Singing Saturdays 2015

Get out there and get singing again in some of the most stunning venues in Oxford with that lovely Spooky Man Phil Read and his cohort Steph Pirrie.

Many of the Magnificents have been along and thoroughly enjoyed themselves so would heartily recommend the sessions.

A great way to blow away the Yuletide cobwebs accumulated from being stuck in doors eating and drinking too much!

Full details available at and maybe spot the Magnificents there!