Rev Richard Coles: the journey from pop to pulpit and his time on Strictly
The Rev Richard Coles - one of the few celebrities to have successfully bridged the gap between pop music and the pulpit - brings his An Audience with… show to Solihull next week.
His fascinating journey from multi-instrumentalist partnering Jimmy Somerville in the 1980s band The Communards is a story in itself.
Suffice to say he achieved three Top Ten hits, including the biggest selling hit of 1986 Don't Leave Me This Way before leaving the pop world to train for a priesthood in the Church of England. Since then there has been a whole other life. He is currently the parish priest at Finedon near Peterborough.
But he is best known as a popular radio and TV broadcaster and of course for his brief period in the last series of Strictly Come Dancing where he was entertaining, charismatic but frankly useless on the dance floor.
Richard is a host of BBC Radio 4's Saturday Live programme, and also regularly appears on Newsnight and TV panel shows such as QI and Have I Got News For You, where his quick and inventive verbal humour is always to the fore. When the motivation is more spiritual, Richard has featured on BBC TV's Songs of Praise specials and as the guest on Pause for Thought on BBC Radio 2.
He has much to talk about including of course his experiences on Strictly.
*An Audience with the Rev Richard Coles is at the Core Theatre in Solihull on Tuesday 30th January. More info at www.thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk