Local singers join stars in concert

Two Eastbourne choirs – The Archway Group and St Andrew’s Prep Monday Choir will join Tenors Unlimited on stage next month as part of nationwide tour From Venice to Vegas.

Know as ‘The Rat Pack Of Opera’, Tenors Unlimited’s wide repertoire includes popular classics ‘La Donna E Mobile’, ‘The Pearl Fishers Duet’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’, mixed with crooner and pop favourites such as ‘Volare’, ‘Can’t Take My Eyes Off You’, ‘Summertime’, as well as songs written by the group themselves from current album The Journey, and previous albums Brand New Day and Viva La Vita.

For more information about the show and to book tickets, visit www.royalhippodrome.com or call on 01323 802020.

The Archway Group of choirs were formed in 2009 under the direction of Jane Reeves, professional vocalist and musician with just 13 members. There are now over 250 in Eastbourne and Seaford.

Ranging from 16 to 82, Archway never auditions members and operates a ‘no need to read music’ policy, while still maintaining professional standards.

The St Andrew’s Prep Monday Choir comprises 40 boys and girls aged between nine and 13 years, who have auditioned for a place.

The choir, led and conducted by Ali Wicks, the school’s Director of Music, has a wide repertoire and is equally at home singing jazz, folk, pop or gospel.

Ali said: “It’s a privilege to be working with Tenors Unlimited - it will be an experience the children will never forget.”

For over 10 years, Scott Ciscon, Paul Martin and Jem Sharples have entertained audiences throughout the world and performed alongside the likes of Sting, Lionel Ritchie, Beyoncé, Simply Red and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Using talents honed in previous solo careers in opera and theatre, they bring their own blend of wit, charm and vocal arrangements to their performances. Tenors Unlimited paid tribute at the memorial service for football legend Sir Bobby Robson and sang live at Wembley Stadium at the FA Cup final.

Jem from Tenors Unlimited commented: “We perform a wide repertoire of all music so there is sure to be something for everyone.”