HE IS currently packing concert venues worldwide but the singer who proved four years ago that Britain’s Got talent will be in Huddersfield next month.
Since winning the TV talent contest Paul Potts has become the voice of the moment.
He will be using that lovely tenor voice to good effect in Huddersfield Town Hall on June 11 when he shares the stage with Championship section Skelmanthorpe Band.
Paul is the latest in a string of big name signings to join the band for their annual Town Hall gala concert.
“Since his success in Britain’s Got Talent, Paul has gone on to become one of the leading tenors of the classical world and is currently selling out arenas throughout the world,” said band concert secretary Graham Crossland.
Those venues are spread across the world from Korea and Japan through Europe and on to America.
“Paul’s popularity abroad means that Štime doesn’t allow him to appear Švery often in the UK, so the bandŠ feel very fortunate to have negotiated an appearance in Huddersfield in Šthe fantastic surroundings and acousticŠ of the Town Hall,” said Graham.
Welsh star Aled Jones was the first of the high profile singers to sing in concert with the band.
Since that concert, the brass players have shared a stage with other contemporary stars including tenor Alfie Boe, sopranos Kathryn Jenkins, New Zealander Hayley Westenra and last year teenage singing sensation Faryl Smith.
“Paul is packing them in on his current tour of Asia,” said Graham.
“He is in South Korea at the moment so we still have to finalise his repertoire for the concert.
“His latest album, Cinema Paradiso is movie-themed and I think that may have given our musical director John Roberts some ideas on what the band might be including in their slots.
“There are several possibilities but we have yet to confirm our programme.”
What is certain is that this will be another exciting concert for fans of brass music and of Paul Potts, the singer who caused a sensation on what is now one of the biggest shows on television.
Born in Bristol, Paul sang in one of the city’s church choirs and fell in love with opera at 16 when he bought a recording of classical tenor Jose Carreras singing arias from La Boheme.
Paul sang with amateur opera companies and even saved up to go to a three-month summer school in Italy, where he learned the language and got to indulge his passion for singing.
But it wasn’t until he auditioned in Cardiff for Britain’s Got Talent and told judges Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden and Piers Morgan that he was going to sing opera that his life began to change.
Hear the voice of Paul Potts in concert in Huddersfield in June.
Tickets priced from £12.00 to £25.00 are availableŠŠfromŠKirklees Booking offices on 01484 223200 and online at www.kirklees.gov.uk/townhalls.
You can also buy them through Band concert secretary Graham Crossland onŠ01484 864539.Š
There’s aŠbooking form which can be downloadedŠfrom the bands website,Šwww.skelmanthorpeband.org.uk