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Date change for Il Divo concert in Abu Dhabi

Organisers move gig at Emirates Palace back to Saturday following sheikh's death.

A concert by Il Divo, the operatic pop vocal group, will now take place a day later in Abu Dhabi out of respect to the official mourning announced following the death of Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

As part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, organisers Flash Entertainment said on Wednesday that the concert will be held on Saturday, rather than the original date of a day earlier.

Official mourning takes place from Wednesday to Friday across the UAE following the death of the sheikh in a glider crash in Morocco.

Il Divo was formed in 2004 and has since sold more than 25 million albums and collected more than 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries.

In Abu Dhabi, the quartet will showcase their most recent album called The Promise, with versions of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s The Power of Love and ABBA’s Winner Takes It All alongside classics such as Amazing Grace and Adagio.

In showcasing Il Divo, Flash Entertainment and the Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation will be working together for the second time as part of the Abu Dhabi Festival 2010, after previously presenting the Andrea Bocelli concert in the grounds of Emirates Palace, which attracted an audience of more than 11,000.