Tre Amici And Friends At City Hall

Hull City Hall was the venue for another superb evening of entertainment involving Hull Daily Mail Search for a Star winners classical group Tre Amici.

The group, made up of tenor’s Leroy Vickers, Martin Jackson and Mike Thomas, invited friends like Gemma’s Dance Academy, Craig Harper, Grand Theft Audio, Michael Sharpe, All For One Choir and special surprise guest Rebecca Newman and the evening was compere’d by Lee Kamen.

Jodie Watson also graced the stage among others who made cameo appearances on the evening.

Behind the scenes it was all frantic hard work as sound tests were undertaken first and then the performances started to a sell-out audience while backstage was a hive of activity.

Definite highlights were scattered throughout the all-star line-up with, particularly, memorable performances by Craig Harper, Michael Sharpe, Gemma’s Dance Academy and the All For One Choir.

With a powerful line-up to follow the main attractions took to the stage after the interval as the headline act were ushered on in dramatic style, after an opening set they were joined by the All For One Choir who brought another genuine sparkle to the stage.

People’s Soprano Rebecca Newman was next on to treat us all to a stunning rendition of the title track from her album Dare To Dream which last year made her the first ever unsigned artist to reach number 1 in the classical album chart with a performance which made the hairs on the back of the neck stand on end.

Highlights among these three magnificent acts included performances of Nessun Dorma and then Time To Say Goodbye as this truly wonderful evening was brought to a resounding and genuinely uplifting conclusion which will live long in the memory for all who were lucky enough to be there.

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Very Personal Stars At Hull New Theatre

Superstar tenor Russell Watson brought his Up Close and Personal Tour to the City of Culture and gave a near full-house a treat with his flawless voice and a very personal touch.

From the moment he stepped onto the stage at this beautifully intimate, yet slightly grand, venue he had the audience in raptures as he took them on a musical and spoken journey through the last 25 years of his life.

Stories were recounted, from 25 years ago when he won a Karaoke at The Railway Inn in his hometown of Salford, through to the present day and his tour with new classical singing sensation Rebecca Newman, A.K.A The People’s Soprano.

He delighted the audience as he came down from the stage to shake hands with several of them and, for most of the evening, he had them spellbound as his magnificent voice took on both classical songs and some classic pop songs.

He had the star quality to combine Cavalleria Rusticana with Ave Maria, belt out classic hits like King of the Road and The Sound of Silence and get up close and personal as well.

The performance of The Prayer between him and his special guest was simply electric and his combination with the All For One Choir also resonated with stunning effect and his interaction with the audience, such as allowing them to take pictures for a flashing light effect was quite magical too.

Rebecca Newman’s performance just into the second half of the show also added a sprinkling more of star quality as she treated us to a hugely polished performance of the title track to her Number one selling classical album Dare to Dream which will live long in the memory for all those who were there to see it.

The Voice himself also showed more of his vocal range as he took on the normally female sung I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables.

This tour finishes this month but, after the welcome he received here, it must surely only be a matter of time before Russell Watson returns to Hull.

Between now and then however classical music fans will have another treat as Rebecca Newman will be back here on 7 July to headline Opera on the Marina.