Opera trio promise audiences a musical trip from Venice to Vegas

Tenors Unlimited - Jem Sharples, Paul Martin and Scott Ciscon
Tenors Unlimited - Jem Sharples, Paul Martin and Scott Ciscon

They have been performing together for over 10 years as a trio, and Tenors Un Limited never fail to entertain.

As they prepare to come to Alnwick for the third time as part of their latest tour, the Gazette had a chat with Jem Sharples about their inspiration, live shows, beginnings and more.

Tenors Unlimited .  l-r is Scott Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharples

Tenors Unlimited . l-r is Scott Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharples

Made up of Scott Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharples, Tenors Un Limited have been nicknamed the Rat Pack of opera.

Billed as one of the world’s leading classical crossover groups, they recently released their latest album, The Journey, out last month.

For Sharples, coming to Alnwick Playhouse will be one of the highlights of the tour.

“We love it. It’s a lovely, intimate theatre, and we love coming to the town as well,” he said. “There is such a great atmosphere at Alnwick.”

Jem Sharples from tenors Unlimited

Jem Sharples from tenors Unlimited

And the boys are also partial to a sip of Alnwick Rum after performing, according to Sharples.

“It’s probably one of the best rums I’ve ever tasted,” he said.

“We like to go to the beach at Alnmouth as well.”

The trio met whilee performing together and decided, because they complement each other, to launch Tenors Un Limited.

“When we started, there was one wife and one child between us. Now there are three wives and seven children, so we are kept busy,” said Sharples.

“When we set up, we felt the public needed to hear the sort of music and sounds we were putting out there, and we have just kept at it.”

Their inspiration came from stars such as the late Italian singer Luciano Pavarotti and the other two members of the Three Tenors trio, the Spaniards Plácido Domingo and José Carreras.

They have performed all over the world and with big names including Beyonce and Lionel Richie.

For them, playing with North East rock star Sting, alias Wallsend’s Gordon Sumner, was their most memorable collaboration.

“We did a version of his When We Dance and ended up performing with him and supporting him on one of his London dates, and we got to meet him, which was fantastic,” said Sharples.

“We sent him what we had arranged, and he really enjoyed it.”

At their Venice to Vegas tour show at the Bondgate Without venue on Saturday, April 23, they promise to take their audience on a musical journey between the two cities.

Tickets for the show, starting at 7.30pm, can be bought on 01665 510785 or at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk