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!
With it being the school holidays, the gardens were busy, and lots of people were kind enough to stop and say how much they were enjoying Tom's music - thank you!
Tom will be back at Alnwick Garden on Wednesday, September 10th, but if you can't wait until then, he is at The Old Storehouse in Amble this Saturday, and then at The Boat House Restaurant on Sunday! He has had his holiday, now he is ready to sing! You can find details of his forthcoming public gigs here on the Gig Dates page.
High on a Hill, but not a lonely goat herd in sight..... Tom has been breathing in the fresh mountain air in Switzerland. He has been refreshing the parts of his lungs, other air doesn't reach, preparing for a busy August and September, during which time he has more than 20 gigs booked in.
Tom is always on the look out for new venues, and came across the perfect one in Villars, Vaud, Switzerland. It is based at the Gondola Station, and he was ready to start yodelling!
Even when the weather wasn't so good, and we sent Tom down a Swiss Salt Mine, we couldn't stop him singing! That's how keen he was to get going, entertaining his audiences old and new!
So, without further delay, Tom begins his August gigs, this Wednesday, with a lunchtime concert at The Alnwick Garden Cafe. A lovely relaxed venue to kick off his return, and of course, he is looking forward to singing again. Switzerland is fabulous - but Northumberland has a few gems of it's own, so come and hear one of them singing in another of them!! He will be singing between 12 Noon and 2pm. As Alnwick Garden recently tweeted:
"We love him, he's brilliant and he's back! @TomWyllieSinger returns in August! Divine voice :-)"
We couldn't have put it better. See you there!
For those of you we have seen over the last couple of weeks, at various venues - thank you for your support and kind comments! Recent gigs have included:
The Old Storehouse, Amble - where Tom is becoming known for the quality and variety of his repertoire. The Old Storehouse recently had £2M spent on upgrading the restaurant, pub, and owners entertainment lounge. It's a beautiful place to be entertained whilst dining on high quality food. Tom has been entertaining both the general public in The Old Storehouse, and the owners in Links - The Owners Entertainment Lounge.
The Boat Inn, Leaplish, Kielder - where Tom has started his Summer season. Still to come, Tom will be singing there on four Sunday evenings in August and four Tuesday evenings in September. So, enjoy the long evenings, and make your way to one of Northumberland's beauty spots, and enjoy the food and entertainment whilst looking out over the fabulous Kielder Water.
Marabini's, Morpeth - where Tom is still entertaining. When he was last there the restaurant was packed out, and as ever, he had people singing along and dancing. Marabini's has long been a favourite venue, and although Tom doesn't go there as often these days, he still has a few gigs booked between now and December.
La Torre, Bedlington - Just last night Tom was back at La Torre, and the restaurant was fully booked. A special shout out goes to Pinot, who used to work at Marabini's and it was a pleasure to see him add to the lovely atmosphere at La Torre. Tom was singer, dancer, children's entertainer and child minder last night, as some of the young customers joined him dancing and doing a conga (well it was a little like the Pied Piper!) round the restaurant. Tom received possibly the biggest round of applause yet for his rendition of Nessun Dorma, which with the final of The World Cup playing tonight was certainly appropriate - even if England didn't get past first base (Hmm getting our sports a bit mixed up there I think!!). Jackie Rayer was kind enough to write today:
"Fantastic night last night. Tom, you have an incredible voice, which makes me melt when you sing classical. Outstanding - look forward to next month!"
All of which finally brings us on to "the break". Tom is taking a well earned holiday, but will be back and raring to go, for a busy August schedule. Take a look at the public gig dates page, to see where and when you can see him perform. His next public gig is at The Alnwick Garden on Wednesday 6th August from 12 Noon.
Thank you to the many of you who came over to tell us how much you enjoyed his performance. It's always a pleasure to receive feedback, and we appreciate people taking the time to offer it. In fact on Wednesday, there were admirers from as far afield as New Jersey!
If you missed Tom's performance on wednesday, he will be back on Wednesday 6th August, and now there is a new date booked on Wednesday 10th September too. So why not come along and enjoy the stunning gardens, and listen to Tom?
Tom began by singing to the diners in the restaurant (and those in the surrounding lounge bar), with a mix of classical and easy listening songs. Judging by the generous feedback, from many of the customers, and by the frequent applause - he was received very well.
If you can't wait that long, Tom will next be appearing in public at Alnwick Garden Cafe for a lunchhtime concert this Wednesday, 4th June. Again, details are on his gig page.
If you can’t wait until then, well Tom is on at La Torre Italian Restaurant in Bedlington on Saturday evening - see you there?
In the coming weeks, Tom is performing at a variety of restaurant venues - some new, some familiar, so Tom will be taking his show to a wider audience during the spring. This Friday, Tom will be singing at Sonero’s in Tynemouth, which quite recently has changed hands. Make your booking now, with David, the manager there, and look forward to a great night out on the coast. The following Friday (11th), Tom will be at Vercelli’s, in Hexham, a beautiful restaurant on Priestpopple, where Louise Brison is your host. That’s sure to be a great night too!
In the coming weeks, Tom will be back at Marabini’s, La Torre in Bedlington, and Alnwick Garden too. He’ll also be returning to The Dyke Neuk, Meldon. He is also delighted to announce that this year he will be performing at The Boat Inn Restaurant, Kielder on New Year’s Eve - a venue which is fast becoming another jewel in Northumberland’s crown.
For dates and times, as always, check out the gig dates page. Keep watching as more dates are added!
These last two events did get us thinking, that Tom has got to know some excellent suppliers for weddings and events, and that, where we have been impressed, we should provide a link on our website - a list of our own recommended suppliers, which could help guide Tom’s clients. These will only be exceptional suppliers, who, in our opinion will provide an excellent service, and of course, will not be exhaustive - there are many suppliers out there whose path has not yet crossed with Tom’s!
Finally, yesterday afternoon saw Tom featured on Radio Tyneside’s “Geordie Hour”. Gary Hogg featured his duet with Anna Foster - “All I Ask Of You” - and promised more from Tom in the coming weeks. If you missed the show yesterday, it is repeated on Wednesdays on Radio Tyneside at 9pm on 1575AM.
If you are having withdrawal from Tom’s performing - you can catch him this week at lunchtime on Wednesday at Alnwick Garden Cafe or on Friday evening at Marabini’s in Morpeth.