Without exception, every night was great fun! Tom has a growing following at La Torre and Vercelli's so book early to avoid disappointment!
The Badger, Ponteland have been raising funds for two great charities and they posted on twitter:
"@TomWyllieSinger brilliant night raising money for 2 great causes #whatavoice
Check out the testimonials page because more and more people are getting in touch via the website, facebook, twitter and e-mail to say how much they are enjoying what Tom is doing. Following Tom's gig at Vercelli's on 7th March, Tom received lots of warm feedback, including from Louise Brison, the owner and all round lovely lady!
"Thank you for the most amazing night. Just when you think it can't get any better it actually does. He [Tom] is certainly a very special person"
So, watch out for more of Tom's public gigs (in and amongst the weddings and private parties where he'll be performing) coming soon:
Vercelli, Hexham - Sat 18th April, La Torre, Bedlington - Fri 24th April and Horton Grange Country House Hotel - Sat 25th April. See you there, but don't forget to book!
Tom was especially pleased to perform at Christine Locke’s Party at The Sour Grapes in Morpeth. It was the first time we had been, and what a lovely wine bar it is. We very much hope to return soon. Tom is available to perform at private functions and will tailor his performance to your needs.
Christine was kind enough to say afterwards:-
“Thank you so much for singing at my party yesterday! Everyone loved you! You just created a fabulous ambience to my afternoon.”
"There was a North East Singer on in the restaurant and he was excellent"
The good news is, that Tom went down so well, he will be back! Make your reservations now for Saturday April 25th which is set to be his next performance in the restaurant at Horton Grange.
Tom has been talking to the lovely people at The Badger in Ponteland, and will be singing there on the night of Friday 20th March. It’s a charity night – the staff are raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance, but it’s very informal, so why not just turn up for a drink and to say hello?
Finally, on Friday Tom was back at Marabini’s – and with no more booked there for now, who knows, hopefully not for the last time? You can catch Tom next at La Torre on Friday 27th February. The following Friday, 7th March he will be at Vercelli's in Hexham. You will find the details here.
Tom was back at some of his favourite restaurants for Christmas Party season, including Vercelli's, La Torre and Marabini's. It's a lovely time of year - nobody needs much persuasion to get into the party spirit! Last month we mentioned Mike Brown of Life on Cartoon Motion Photography. Well, Mike came along to one of Tom's La Torre gigs, and took some great photo's. Take a look at them in Tom's Gallery.
Tom was also performing at Maggie's Christmas Concert in Jesmond. Maggie's do terrific and much needed work at their centre at The Freeman Hospital. The concert raised thousand of pounds, and involved Tom, Graeme Danby, and Valerie Reid, as well last The Newcastle School for Girls Choir. Various regional figures read lessons, and everyone enjoyed the evening. At the end of the concert, Jason Isaacs also sang a few songs whilst everyone had mince pies and wine!
I just wanted to say another big thank you for coming and supporting our event on Monday night. Your performance was fantastic and everyone has commented on how much they enjoyed it.
Thank you again for all of your support.
Kelly Knighting-Wykes Centre Fundraising Manager
Very many thanks for performing at the Maggie's Christmas Carol Concert last night.
Your performance of 'O Holy Night' was so powerful and hugely enjoyed by everyone. It was extremely kind of you to support Maggie's in this way. An enormous thank you.
Do hope you and your family have a very happy Christmas and an excellent New Year.
Very best wishes for your continued success.
Carolyn Ramsbotham (Concert Committee, Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre)
Many, many thanks for all your help with the Maggie's Carol Concert at St George's it was an absolutely fantastic event and we have had the most wonderful feedback from the congregation, supporters and Maggie's Head Office.
The evening was a great success for Maggie's raising in excess of £6,000 with more pledges still to come in, but most importantly created goodwill and awareness for our Centre here in the North East. We very much hope this will become an annual event.
I would like to thank you personally, as Chairman of the Fundraising Board of Maggie's North East and on behalf of the Carol Concert Committee: David Wallace, Michaela Martin and Carolyn Ramsbotham.
Finally, I wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.
Lorna Moran OBE, Chairman of Fundraising Board of Maggie’s North East
Tom also sang for John and Jill Hudson at Seaham Hall Hotel, just before Christmas. They married on 20th December, for a truly Christmassy wedding. Of course, it's a fabulous venue, and Tom provided the early evening entertainment. John and Jill are a really lovely couple and deserve a very happy future together. Here's what Jill said afterwards:-
“I am so pleased I booked Tom to sing at our wedding. We were not disappointed. From initial meeting, through to the end of his performance, Tom was a delight to work with. He took immediate interest in our day and came to our venue to visit and see the set up before the day, which we were very grateful for. Tom's business has a true family feel, which we love, and fit in perfect with our day which also included our son's christening. I would highly recommend Tom for any event or wedding where you want to wow your guests with strong vocals, fun entertainment and a good range of style. Thanks for everything Tom! Now what party can I plan next where you can sing for us?
Much love" – Mrs J Hudson.
So….Happy New Year to everyone. We hope it is a healthy one for you all. Tom's next public gig is at Vercelli's - aways a great night - and it's on Saturday 10th January. Hope to see you all there!
The next night, Tom was at The Hilton Northampton, for The Child Growth Foundation's Annual Convention. The charity is very important to Tom and his family - many of you will be aware of Ruth, Tom's Mum, and her recent participation in The Great North Run. Some of you kindly sponsored her, helping to raise a magnificent £1,235 for The CGF. Tom sang at the evening dinner, and when he wasn't singing, provided the music for the dance floor. He made full use of all of his lights, including a a brand new one, and, for the first time had full DMX control of the lights from the sound desk! The room looked superb.
One of the highlights of the evening was seeing Tom, gather all the children on the dance floor, as they provided the choral backing to him singing "Any Dream Will Do". The convention was a huge success - so helpful for so many people. In fact such a success, that it has outgrown the venue and next year will be held at The Hilton, Warwick. Tom has been asked to return and provide the entertainment again!
Tom's next public gig is tomorrow night at The Boat Inn, Leaplish, Kielder, and he will be at Alnwick Garden Cafe on Wednesday from 12 Noon until around 2pm. Hope to see you there!
September looks like being even busier, as he brings his Summer season up at Kielder to a close, and has gigs, at Marabini's, La Torre, Alnwick Garden and The Old Storehouse, as well as a number of private gigs, as far afield as York and Northampton.
We missed the very start when Anna asked Ruth - "This is the first time you have run the Great North Run, but do you think it will be the last?!" you can listen to what followed towards the top of the right hand sidebar on the homepage.
If you feel able and would like to support Ruth in her run, please visit her sponsorship page here. Anything you can donate will be really, really appreciated! Thank you!
Meanwhile, you see Tom performing next at Marabini's tomorrow night - Friday 5th September, and at La Torre on Saturday night - 6th September
UPDATE:- We understand that £935 was raised for charity on the night, which is a fantastic effort, so enormous thanks to everyone involved. Organiser, Angela Young said Tom is “A true talent! Tom has a fabulous voice and put on a great nights entertainment for our charity night at The Dyke Neuk. Very professional from the moment we met him. Tom wanted to make sure the night was going to be good and that everything was right. You can tell he loves what he does, a brilliant singer who we would recommend to anyone for a great night!”
Thank you for the kind words Angela - we hope to see you again soon!
In true Gareth Malone style, Anna invited listeners to turn up, only about nine weeks ago, to form a choir that could sing in concert to raise money for North East Charity “Cash for Kids”. Unsure of what response she would get, Anna arrived to the first rehearsal, to find 70+ people, who went on to commit to rehearsing each week and deliver the fantastic performances we enjoyed last night. Directed by Mark Deeks of Music Newcastle, the choir sang impressively and were joined in the first performance by the pupils of Hadrian Primary School, South Shields.
Tom sang a solo of “Love Changes Everything” - a video of which will appear on this site very soon. He also sang “All I Ask Of You” with Anna, and again, a video will appear here very soon. Other soloists included tenor, Paul Smith, Laura Graham, and Mark did a lovely Christmassy duet with his girlfriend Angela Lawery. It all added up to a wonderful evening’s entertainment. Tom sold his CD on the night, and donated £80 from the sale proceeds to Cash for Kids. Who knows, but let’s hope they do it all again next year?
Twitter - best time last night at the first of many of my 21st birthday celebrations, thank you @TomWyllieSinger & Marabini's for an amazing night! :)
You can check out where he will be on his gig dates page. He is back at Marabini’s this Friday and Saturday - and don’t miss his guest solo appearance at Anna Foster’s Magic Choir at The Sage on December 18th! They are singing in aid of Cash for Kids. But first, see you at Marabini’s!
Saturday saw another great crowd at Marabini’s - when is it not a good crowd at Marabini’s? There were birthday parties and a hen party, and they were in the mood to dance and sing, so a great night was had by all. You can check to see the dates when Tom is back at Marabini’s here, but be sure to book a table as it gets very busy!
On Sunday, Tom was up at The Feathers Inn, Hedley on the Hill, where Helen and Rhian were raising funds for the Disaster Emergency Committee Typhoon Haiyan Appeal. It was a great night, which started with Izzy Daltry singing and playing keyboard - two songs which she wrote herself. She’s a talented girl with a bright future! Then Tom sang a few of his Classical/Musical Theatre songs, starting with “Somewhere Only We Know” - currently being used in the John Lewis Christmas ad.
Tom was joined by Anna Foster from Magic 1152 who sang “All I Ask Of You” from Phantom Of The Opera, with Tom, and then followed that with a beautiful “O Mio Babbino Caro”.
Finally, Tom was back on, with plenty of upbeat material that everyone could sing along to. As you see, the pub was rocking! Allendale, Wylam and Mordue Breweries, and LWC Drinks, all charged £3 for Real Ales and traditional Ciders, with 100% going to the appeal. At the last count over £1200 was raised - a fantastic effort!
You can see Tom’s next public gig at Marabini’s on Saturday 23rd November 2013.
Saturday was another great night at Marabini’s and was the first in a run of consecutive Saturdays at there which will take us up to the end of the year. The atmosphere at Marabini’s is not to be missed.
Last night, Tom was back, helping the Young section of Morpeth Harriers with their dinner and awards night. It was fantastic to see so many there supporting the night, and hopefully it proved to be a great fundraiser for the club.
Tom will be back at Marabini’s next Saturday, 16th November. Book your table now!
"Listening to you at the Hilton Hotel in Northampton, you have an amazing talent never stop!:-)"
- Jake Davies via Facebook
“A very big shout out to our very own star that is Tom Wyllie you have such an awesome voice my good friend and many will agree on this!!!!!”
- Bruce Michael Smyth via Facebook
“You were amazing last night. You have a fantastic voice. Hope to see you entertaining us again next year”
- Clare Wood via Facebook
“I found your Nessun Dorma video on YouTube and gave Magda goose bumps again”
- Bruce Michael Smyth via Facebook
“We met Tom at the child growth foundation. He performed a massive array of songs. Fantastic performer, he knew how to work the crowd and keep all ages up dancing!
He’s a real inspiration to children with Russell Silver Syndrome.”
- Kelly Gonsalves
“An amazing performance - I had the pleasure of watching Tom perform this past weekend at a charity event held by the Child Growth Foundation. I was amazed at Tom's talent and ability, not only his amazing voice and the variation of songs in his repertoire but also how he managed to keep singing and fully entertain a very lively fan base of children at the same time! His rendition of Nessun Dorma was simply breath-taking. Well done Tom!!”
- Rachel Pidcock
“Thanks also to Tom Wyllie for a fantastic performance and for the donations from sales of his CD’s”
- Jenny Child via Facebook
“We've been listening to Tom on the way home. Great CD and fab entertainment last night!”
- Thalia O’Hanlon via Facebook
“Was great to meet you and your Mum Tom. You are both inspiring and gave us lots of hope for our little man's future. x”
- Laura Small via Facebook
Without access to the Halls lighting system, Tom made use of some of his own stage lighting, and put on a show, which began with a quiz, whereby ladies had to guess the shows, opera or films from which the songs he sang came. A draw was made from the correct answers, and Tom gave one of each of his CD’s as a prize. After the interval (during which there was plenty of WI baking to tuck into!), Tom continued with songs that everyone could sing a long to. Despite the weather, which was atrocious, everyone had a great night, with many saying that they would be booking to eat at Marabini’s so that they could see Tom perform again!
Tom will be singing at Marabini’s on Friday 11th October 2013.
Thankfully, the sun shone, even if it was a little windier than we've been used to lately, and people were able to visit the wonderful stall in the Market Place, whilst listening in to Tom's music. He sang from his Classical and Musical Theatre repertoire, but also included some Take That, Keane, Lumineers and Michael Bublé, plus lots more.
On 3 August Tom Wyllie performed in Morpeth as part of the annual Summer Time series of events. It was also the day of the Morpeth Farmers Market so it added a special twist to the day. I have received many comments about how much people enjoyed his singing from visitors and stall holders. The stall holders told me that this was an unexpected treat and we should do this more often. Some thought it was a CD playing and were pleasantly surprised that it was a live performance. Tom gave the people of Morpeth a very enjoyable afternoon of music and many said how much they enjoyed it. Tom, thank you for making this a very special afternoon.
For those that missed Tom's performance today, his next public gig is next Saturday, 10th August, up at The Boat Inn, Leaplish, Kielder. It's a beautiful setting looking out over the reservoir, so why not come along for a lovely meal and have Tom entertain you?
Tom was at Newcastle Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park last night singing for some stars of the MotoGP world.
Randy Mamola and Niall Mackenzie were hosting, although the event itself was organised by Dale Robinson and Chris Berriman. Neil Hodgson, and Bradley Smith, Taylor Mackenzie and Tarran Mackenzie were all there. If you know your racing these are names you will be familiar with!
Tom's next public gig is at Marabini's in Morpeth on Saturday 8th June.
Anna and Tom sang All I Ask of You from Phantom of the Opera together, on Tom's second CD Il Divino, and they sang together a couple of times last Christmas, in Eldon Square Newcastle, in aid of Toma Fund. In Eldon Square they sang Time to Say Goodbye together too which was absolutely spine changeling, and Anna sang O Mio Babbini Caro - beautiful.
Tom is delighted to have been invited to perform at such a prestigious event. More details can be found here.
Mr and Mrs Ken Wilson, regulars at Marabini's and who have enjoyed Tom's performances before asked Tom to come along to the evening and provide entertainment, which of course Tom was pleased to do. A successful night saw over £500 raised, and Tom made his own contribution from CD sales on the night.
Tom is back at Marabini's on Saturday 20th April from 8:30pm - hope to see you there!
Judging by the success of the raffle, the fundraiser will have made a valuable contribution to Collingwood School and Media Arts College.
Andrea said "Tom is a wonderful North East singer who has supported our cause for a number of years now and sang his heart out for us in Eldon Square over Christmas.
Through Tom's efforts he has helped raise over £3,000 to date!
Shoppers stop and stare in amazement when they hear Tom sing"
Andrea went on to thank the North East public for their generosity too. The fact is though, we all know what an inspirational lady Andrea is, and when you combine that with the cause, in memory of Jordan, it is a potent mix that makes you want to help. Keep up the fabulous work Andrea!
As some of you may know, not everything went to plan!
Tom picked up a virus, which caused him to lose his voice, and was unable to sing in Eldon square on 21st and 22nd December. This came as big disappointment, to us, and of course meant he couldn't raise much needed funds for TOMA Fund on those days.
He did perform for Rotary Club, Newcastle West, in Eldon Square on 18th of December.
Together, Tom and Eve raised nearly £400 in about an hour and a half.
Happily, Tom rested his voice and is fully recovered and raring to go on New Year's Eve - his next public performance.
Over the last twelve months, Tom has raised well over £3,000 in aid of the charity, which helps the families of children and teenagers with cancer in the North East & Cumbria. He has become good friends with Andrea and Dave Thompson, Jordan's Mum and Dad. Andrea has steered the charity to raising over £600,000 since 2007 - an astonishing achievement.
Photos by Paul Murphy.
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.
We hope you can come along and support these very worthwhile charities. See you there!
See the Gigs page for full details.
Last year, Tom raised £1,830 in one afternoon, and the reaction he got from shoppers was fantastic. Many of them bought his CD on the day, and later got in touch to say how much they enjoyed both his performance and CD.
Subsequently, Andrea Thompson, Co-Founder, Toma Fund said:
"Toma Fund would like to thank Tom for his ongoing help and support for our charity. Ever since Tom first performed for us in Eldon Square, "wowing" Newcastle at Christmas, people have commented to us about his AMAZING voice and talent.
If you haven't seen him before, you just won't be prepared for the quality and power of his performance. He has people in tears with some beautiful anthems and songs, and then foot tapping and up dancing to others - versatile should be his middle name!
Tom has already helped our charity raise thousands of pounds, and on top of that - he's a lovely, lovely young man to know and work with, and for caring so much about our cause.
Thank you Tom, from all at Toma Fund"
Tom will be performing on the 7th, 8th, 21st and 22nd of December, and his brand new CD, will be available to buy.
Tom said "I'm delighted to appear on behalf of Toma Fund again next Christmas. They do such great work, I'm really pleased to be associated with them, and after the success of the appearance for them last year, I'm really pleased to be able to confirm four dates for Toma Fund this time round".
The Mayor, Cllr. Phil Taylor adopted the charity for any fundraising he undertakes in the role of Mayor, having been impressed with the support it gives to young people who might possibly end up being homeless.
Gillian Turner, Town Clerk, organised the event, and, having heard Tom perform at Marabini's in Morpeth, asked him if he would provide an hour of live entertainment, before the Disco. Tom's repertoire went down very well, he had guests dancing from the start, and ended up singing for just over an hour and a half!
Tom has become known for his classical and musical theatre repertoire, but here he performed swing, dance and pop - which all went down really well, demonstrating what a versatile singer he is.
Gillian Turner later said "We were all up dancing and
singing by the end of the first song. Everyone, including the Mayor, agreed that the evening was a HUGE SUCCESS and Tom was a fantastic performer - with Tom singing something for everyone - young and old!!".
Tom would like to thank all those involved with the organisation of the event, and especially the Mayor, and Gillian. He hopes too that it was a successful night for Barnabas Safe & Sound!
Ring 0191 495 6187 to book your tickets now! At £5 each, it's great value for a great night out.
If you have been unable to get through on the above number, please, get in touch via the contact form here and we'll get back to you.
We're waiting to hear how much was raised, but thank you to everyone who contributed to this great charity, to those who left such warm feedback and to those who bought the CD! Particular thanks go to Sylvia and Peter Orrick, who spent the whole day in Exhibition Square. This was the third time they have seen Tom perform, and they helped out with the fundraising on the day. Tom dedicated "Nella Fantasia" to Sylvia as it is one of her favourite songs.
If you were there and would like to offer some feedback on Tom's performance, please let us know via the Contact Form and we'll post it on the website!
Why not come along? Tom looks forward to seeing you there! His CD will be available to buy, with a donation from each sale going directly to Toma Fund!
As before, tickets are available from Sue Lawrence at Toma Fund, Tel: 0191 495 6187, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, use the contact form here, and we'll direct your request for tickets. Finally, all those who were disappointed when the Martha's Bar gig didn't go ahead will be pleased to note that the tickets are just £5 (with every penny going to Toma Fund - a bargain for what will be a great night!
Tom said " It has been a real privilege to perform on behalf of such a worthwhile cause. Andrea, and all at the Toma Fund do an amazing job, and I am delighted to have been able to help. When Sue Lawrence asked me to help, I was delighted to be able to say yes! Andrea and Sue know, I will be pleased to hear from them if they feel I can be of help in the future."
Sue Lawrence, Fundraising Assistant, said "Thank you for performing yesterday. It was amazing, you have a talent there, and definitely have a future in singing. Andrea rang last night to say they had already counted £1,600 and hadn't finished counting the last pennies! That was all down to you."
And subsequently on Toma Fund website -
"Another HUGE thank you to Mr Tom Wyllie for helping us raise a fantastic £1,830 at our Eldon Square collection over Christmas. Tom sang his little heart out for Toma Fund all day and had the crowds stand back in amazement; this is quite simply because he is AMAZING."
The Christmas shoppers really seemed to appreciate Tom's performance, with many taking the time to stop and listen. Tom would like to thank everyone who bought his CD; he gave over £100 to the Toma Fund from the sales. He would also like to thank all the people who stopped to offer kind words of encouragement, and of course to all who gave so generously to the Toma Fund.
Tom, whose performance last week for Rotary Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne West was a great success, said "I'm delighted to be able to support the Toma Fund in this way, and hope we can raise lots of money for such a worthy cause. My new CD crescendo will be on sale on the day, and £1 from every sale will go to the Toma Fund". Tom will be appearing between 12 noon and 2pm.
So many people stopped to offer feedback. One listener commented - "I could hear him singing and I had to rush up, because I thought it must be Joe McElderry! But it's not it's Tom, and he's even better!"
Another came and said how much she loves Alfie Boe, and when she heard "Bring Him Home", she came to check it wasn't him!
He looks forward to seeing you there!