A CHOIR in Stockton will join a professional operatic trio for a show at Billingham Forum Theatre next weekend.

One ladies choir and a youth choir from Singing Sue’s Vocal Academy (SSVA) will join the classical vocal trio Tenors Unlimited, the ‘Rat Pack of Opera’ in “That’s Amore: Songs of Love and Laughter” on Sunday May 15 7.30pm at Forum Theatre Billingham as part of its 20th anniversary tour.

Tenors Unlimited has performed alongside well-known artists and bands such as Sting, Lionel Richie, Beyoncé, Hayley Westenra, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

This year marks the group’s 20th anniversary. Tenors Unlimited has been entertaining audiences world-wide using talents honed-in their previous solo careers in opera and theatre. 

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Jem Sharples from Tenors Unlimited said: “We want our audiences to have an uplifting experience in this show, so we’ve chosen songs of love and laughter - some from our back catalogue, as well as new numbers, old favourites, modern pop songs and some we’ve written ourselves. There’s something for everyone.”

In this show, Scott Ciscon, Jem Sharples and Paul Martin will perform songs from artists including; Pavarotti, Lanza, Sting, Bublé and Freddie Mercury.

Singing Sue’s Vocal Academy (SSVA) was started by Sue Capes-Bunnett.  All choirs have won First Prize trophies in the Darlington Music Festival for Performing Arts. Back in 2009, after treatment for breast cancer, Sue questioned her life path and decided to set up her own singing academy.

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It started with private tuition in singing and piano and then progressed to the youth choir.

She was soon persuaded to start an adult choir, “But as the response was from ladies only, I started a ladies fun choir. I was their stepping ladder for letting them “have a go” without being judged.

They have gained in knowledge and confidence and are now used to performing in public,” she says.

“We are thrilled to be joining Tenors Unlimited once again on stage at the Billingham Forum Theatre and look forward to seeing you there!”


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