Tenors Unlimited, Alnwick Playhouse, Saturday, March 25.
WITH outstanding voices which capture the emotion and meaning of a song effortlessly, Tenors Unlimited proved they are not called the Rat Pack of Opera for nothing.
Made up of Jem Sharples, Paul Martin and Scott Ciscon, thre trio captivated the crowd at Alnwick.
Playing to an almost sold-out auditorium, they were accompanied by pianist Richard Beadle.
And while it may have just been three men and a piano, it was simple, effective and mesmerising.
Singing an eclectic mix of French and Italian opera as well as a host of pop songs and more well-known hits, the three were able to change the feeling in the room with just a single note.
They opened the set with Impossible Dream, knocking out the audience with their range and scale before launching into O Sole Mio.
Then came an introduction in which they revealed that not only were they amazing singers (and good-looking to boot!) but that they were also funny and liked to have a laugh. Singing Nella Fantasia, the theme from the 1986 film The Mission, by composer Ennio Morricone, they made the hairs stand up on the back on my neck.
Although I did not understand all the words, the emotion with which they sang and the passion in their voices was just outstanding.
Chopin was also on the agenda in the first half, as well as The Mattinata.
One lucky member of the audience was also serenaded before they launched into I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, bringing the theatre alive and involving the audience in the chorus.
Then they managed to change it from upbeat, fun and laughter to a more melancholy and emotional style when they sang their version of Sting’s When We Dance, called Quando Balliamo.
The Kir Royale cocktails and chocolates in the interval – as well as roses strewn around to make it feel more romantic were nice added touches.
And in the second half the Tenors continued to shine.
Opening with Viva La Vita, the title of their new album, which came out at the beginning of February, a song which they wrote themselves, the audience was once again hanging on every note and every word.
They even made reference to the Olympics with their anthem for the games, Brand New Day, another song written by the group.
While they sing sensationally as a trio, it was proved that their individual voices were also superb.
Each performed a solo with Richard on the piano to show off their range and ability.
Scott sang The Way You Look Tonight while Paul did Fly Me To The Moon and Jem Moon River.
Gershwin’s Summertime and a bit of Michael Buble were added to the mix as well but, for me, the best and most outstanding part of the performance was their rendition of Nessun Dorma.
They explained that they had been friends with Sir Bobby Robson and his family and sang this song at his memorial at Durham Cathedral. And it was dedicated to Sir Bobby on Saturday.
It was sung with such passion and emotion that it reduced me to tears, it was absolutely amazing.
They finished the night with a cheery When You’re Smiling, which meant the audience left with a huge grin and the memory of a brilliant night.
Jem, Paul and Scott made the whole performance look effortless, they showed that they love what they do and that they enjoy every single second that they are on stage.
If you ever have the chance to see them live, you won’t be disappointed.
Speaking after their performance, Scott said: “This has probably been one of the most enjoyable shows we have done. It was more relaxed and more fun in a fantastic theatre.
“The audience was very welcoming and they wanted a good night which always helps.
“It’s been a brilliant night.”
They also tweeted on Sunday morning saying: “What a brilliant gig last night – one of best crowds ever at Alnwick Playhouse.”
l You could be in with a chance of winning a signed CD of the latest album by the trio and pianist Richard.
To enter the competition answer the question below on a postcard and send it to Tenors Competition, Northumberland Gazette, 32 Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PN.
Question: What song did the trio sing at Sir Bobby Robson’s memorial?
The competition closes on Friday, March 9 at 5pm. A winner will be drawn and notified after that date.