28th September 2013
Premier vocal group Tenors Un limited have been on what they describe as a "continual world tour for ten years". During this time they have entertained music fans across the globe with their unique cabaret style show and performed alongside some of the biggest names in music, Sting and Lionel Richie to name but two. These guys are not only hugely talented musicians with a wealth of experience in musical theatre and opera, they also know how to have fun.
Many classical music shows do not reach out to a wider audience, thereby making classical music elitist and inaccessible. Dubbed the 'Rat Pack Of Opera', Tenors Un limited strive to make the evening an inclusive, humorous and enjoyable occasion for everyone.
The group have played in some of the biggest venues around the world, but it was a pleasure to see them perform at the intimate surroundings of The Elgiva Theatre. Tonight they perform a variety of songs including the titular track from their latest album Viva la Vita along with favourites such as La Donna e Mobile, Nessun Dorma, Time to Say Goodbye and the beautiful Nella Fantasia, made famous by Sarah Brightman. Being so used to the original it was a surprise to hear an all male voice version of the song and it worked really well. They also perform some contemporary songs such as Take That's Rule The World and a spine tingling version of Come What May from Moulin Rouge. These gents even took the opportunity to serenade various members of the audience to Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You, which certainly earns some giggles from the crowd.
Returning to their musical theatre roots, these stunning tenors each take a moment to shine by singing a solo from the hit musical Les Miserables. Baritone Paul Martin belts out a powerful rendition of Stars. Jem Sharples took on the epic Empty Chairs At Empty Tables and delivered one of the best versions I've heard. And Scott Ciscon gave an emotional performance of Bring Him Home. These three songs really gave the guys a chance to demonstrate their vocal abilities individually and they really do have suburb voices; but when you put this sound together you get a powerhouse wall of sound with a fantastic tonality and timbre.
With just the right blend of humour, classical and modern music to keep their audience thoroughly entertained, Tenors Un Limited are one of the best classical crossover groups around. But don't just take my word for it, check out this great vocal group's new album Viva La Vita and see them live to get the full effect of their stunning harmonies, you won't be disappointed.