The pub has been refitted since Tom was last there - it all looks very good, and Tom sang samples of his repertoire of classical, swing and pop, and had the pub singing along towards the end of the night.
Thanks to Jeanette and all the staff for an enjoyable night.
Tom was there from 2pm until 6pm, and wowed shoppers with Il Divo, Musical Theatre and Classical hits. He stopped people in their tracks and they gave generously! We would all like to thank everyone who made a donation. Yesterday over £600 was raised for the charity.
Four hours is too long to be singing on your own, and Pete Brown kindly joined Tom for part of the afternoon, treating shoppers to Carol's and some classic songs, whilst Tom took a break. They both sang duets together too, singing "Me and My Shadow" and "Shame".
Tom is back in Eldon Square on Friday 7th December. Pete will be there from about 4:30pm and Tom and Anna Foster, of Magic FM will be there from around 5:20pm (ish).
In the meantime, last night, she held a fundraising dinner at Marabini's Restaurant in Morpeth, Northumberland. During the evening there was a raffle, and an auction, and, you guessed it, Tom entertained diners. He also made a contribution of over £40 from CDs sold last night.
Clare said "Final tally was fab, I think it's about £2100! I was never expecting anywhere near that so I am sooooo pleased. It was a great evening and Tom was just fab!!! He made the evening rock! And everyone was raving about him!"
Later, Clare's Mum, Gay, e-mailed "Thank you for making Clare's charity night at Marabini's such an overwhelming success. You are such a talented young man with an amazing voice and I haven' t stopped telling everyone how amazing you are. I bought both your cd's which I love as they have a lovely balance of classical and modern. My grandson Patrick (8 years old) bought one of your cd's and plays it each night when he goes to bed. I' m looking forward to hearing you again. Good luck for the future."
If you would like to support Clare in her efforts, and, let's face it, supporting Clare may be the closest most of us get to the summit of Kilimanjaro, then you can do so here. Please give generously.
Tom said "I am thrilled to have been invited to sing at what must be one of the Jewels of Northumberland! I recently performed at a wedding there, and I am really looking forward to going back."
Tom will be performing during Sunday lunch on 27th January 2013, and on Mothers Day, Sunday lunch on 10th March 2013. He will also entertain diners there in the evening on Valentines Night, 14th February 2013.
His performance won an ovation from the audience, and Tom has come away with, some great comments, and one or two areas he is going to work on.
Congratulations to Louise Hall, the winner, who sang a lovely version of Whitney Houston's "Run to You".
We hope you can come along and support these very worthwhile charities. See you there!
See the Gigs page for full details.
The evening began, with his mix of Musical Theatre, Il Divo, and classical numbers. A gentleman came up and requested "Time to say Goodbye" - not a song Tom normally performs (for a Baritone, it is quite high at the end!), but he obliged to warm applause.
After a short break, he built up through some swing into his upbeat repertoire, and introduced a few more new songs. He was asked for Mr Brightside by The Killers, a new addition, and later followed it up with another of theirs - Somebody Told Me.
He went on, and on, with lots of dancing, and at the end, finished on ABBA's Thank You For The Music - by which time (see above) he was surrounded by dancers!
Tom said "the diners at Marabini's are always such a lovely audience to sing to - it was a really fun night!". This is borne out by a post on Tom's facebook page today:
"Really enjoyed the show last night and next time we're going to ask for a better table. We were pushed too far away. We would have danced earlier if we'd been in "The centre forward" position!!
Many thanks!!" - Michael Floyd
[Editor: And later received a message from Geoff Gordon:
Saw you at Marabini's last Saturday night. Was brill!]
Tom's next public gig is the Final of UK Festival4Stars in Runcorn on 18th November. That is probably too far for most of you though, so how about Tuesday 27th November, in Eldon Square, or Thursday 29th November at The Bay Horse, Whickham?
Tom will be back at Marabini's on Saturday, 1st December 2012.
Tom was able to take the opportunity to launch his new CD, Il Divino, named because that is what Giovanni, the proprietor of Marabini's, calls Tom.
Sylvia later said "Super night again at Marabini’s, great selection of material and great audience participation. Gold was particularly mad with that group at the back of the restaurant (joining in)! Giovanni’s not wrong though – Il Divino is certainly a title you are well worthy of.
Your new CD was well worth the wait and contains a brilliant cross section of differing song types. As you are probably aware there is one track in particular that still continues to reduce me to tears. No prizes though for guessing which one that is."
Tom is back at Marabini's this Saturday, 10th November, 2012.
For those interested in seeing him perform in Eldon Square, another date has been booked today. Tom will be there between 2pm and 6pm on 27th November 2012. Don't forget to check all Tom's public gigs can be found here.
This new offering has more of the "pop op", together with swing and pop. There are also a couple of duets. The first is with local radio presenter Anna Foster - All I Ask Of You from Phantom of the Opera, is just beautiful. Tom also sings Me and My Shadow with local singer Pete Brown, the pair of them clearly having fun whilst performing together.
Tom said "The new CD is so named because it is what Giovanni, owner of Marabini's in Morpeth has called me since I started singing for him! Giovanni really loves the more operatic part of my repertoire. That said, there is a variety of genre here, from Pop Op to Musical Theatre to Swing, Pop and Rock - genuinely something for everyone! But then, when I am booked to sing at functions I am often asked for the full range of my repertoire, as people love to listen to the more classical material early on, and then later like to get up for a dance. I can cover all this, and this is reflected in this new CD"
The first place you can buy Tom's CD will be at Marabini's this Saturday 3rd November, 2012.