The shape of things to come?

Royal Opera House
Last week, Tom went down, by invitation to English National Opera. He had some well known names in the industry listen to him, offer advice and see whether they think he has what it takes to sing professionally.

When we talk of English National Opera, you will be thinking, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden? Well, Tom was there in June, but just visiting as a tourist! This latest visit was not in quite such glamourous surroundings, but was still walking in the footsteps of his heroes!......

Last week, Tom went to English National Opera's studios in West Hampstead, and sang in the same room as Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo before him!

English National Opera Studios, West Hampstead
He was heard by Valerie Reid (Mezzo Soprano) who has performed with English National Opera, Scottish Opera and given concerts all over the world. Then he met and sang for Greg Arrowsmith (Musical Director for more Musicals than you can think of), and last, but by no means least, he sang for Graeme Danby (Bass) who has performed at several of the world's leading Opera Houses.

They all gave Tom useful advice, and he will be meeting up with them again, and whilst their advice and comments are private, neither Tom nor they will mind us saying that they were really impressed! It is worth mentioning that they praised the quality of Tom's coaching to date and so special mention should go to Tom's coach, Tony St John. They worked Tom hard, but he left West Hampstead absolutely buzzing and is really looking forward to meeting up with them again!

Tom is back!

Tom got back from LA last night, just in time to receive an official photo of him receiving his winners certificate at UK Fesival4Stars 2012. As a Regional Winner, he will go forward to the National Final to be held in Runcorn later this year!

We'll keep you posted as to how he gets on, but meanwhile, it is great to see Tom back! He has more public gigs coming up, and at the end of the month is heading back to the recording studio.

Tom is also pleased to announce that he will be appearing at Ristorante Fratelli, in Ponteland on 30th August, 2012. He is very much looking forward to working with Marcello and his team there!

Tom Wyllie at the Hollywood Bowl!

Tom Wyllie - Hollywood Bowl
OK, so he wasn't actually performing there - not yet! But he enjoyed a great night with good friends at a Grease Singalong.

Regulars who have seen Tom perform will know he doesn't do a bad "Grease Lightning" himself, and his "Hand Jive" is great fun.
Tom is coming to the end of his trip to California, and will be back in the North East later this week!

Next public gig is on Friday, 27th July 2012 at Marabini's, Morpeth.

Wondering where Tom is at the moment? Here is a clue he has just sent!

Hollywoo Hills sign