Listeners to the Breakfast show on Magic 1152 will know that yesterday, swing singer Jason Isaacs asked Anna Foster, on air, if she would sing Me and My Shadow with him at the City Hall, Newcastle tomorrow night. One of his singers has gone down with a chest infection, so he asked Anna to step in, in exchange for a £1,000 donation to Cash for Kids - Metro and Magic Radio's charity.
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.
So, this morning, on air, Tom spoke to Anna on air to offer his encouragement and Anna asked him for his one piece of advice for tomorrow! Tom told listeners about his two CDs and how kind Anna was to sing with him on Il Divino. He told listeners that "for those of you haven't who haven't heard Anna sing - she's really good!" Typically Anna described herself as only average, but Tom wasn't having it, and his one piece of advice was to "enjoy the moment and the venue -it's a great place to sing. You'll be absolutely fantastic!". She will!
Paul Murphy, of www.incidentlight.co.uk came along last week to see Tom and friends perform on behalf of Toma Fund. Paul is a really talented guy, whose work you can see on his website. the photos he took at Eldon Square and those he took at Easter, when Tom performed at Metrocentre Gateshead, can be found here. Thanks Paul!
On Friday and Saturday, Tom sang, in Eldon Square, with the help of some very good friends, and all in aid of Toma Fund. Toma is a very special charity dedicated to the memory of Jordan Thompson and his cousin, Sophie Atay. Both died far too young to childhood cancers.
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.
The photo above shows Anna Foster of Magic FM with Andrea Thompson and Tom. Anna sang duets with Tom on both Friday and Saturday, to the delight of shoppers. Anna and Tom sing "All I Ask of You" on Tom's CD "Il Divino".
Photos by Paul Murphy.
OK, so the title here may be a slight exaggeration, but Marabini's was very busy on Saturday. That's just how Tom likes it though, and now we are in December, the decorations are up, everyone is getting into the Christmas spirit!
We all had a great night, and hope the diners did too. Leanne Clark certainly did! Leanne, pictured above with Tom, is Events Manager at Doxford Hall Hotel, and has booked Tom for events there in January, February and March. More details can be found here.
Thanks, as always to Giovanni and his marvellous staff for another great night. Tom is back there next on Saturday, 15th December. Book early to avoid disappointment!
Tom's next public appearance will be on Friday 7th December in Eldon Square.
Yesterday, Tom Wyllie, North East Singer, was in Eldon Square, singing the first of six performances over the Christmas period. He was raising money for TOMA Fund, a really important Regional Charity which was established to help families with children and teenagers who are being treated for cancer.
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).
For those interested in seeing Tom in Eldon Square, he has added a couple of extra dates. His first one for Toma Fund will now be on Tuesday, 27th November from about 2:20pm. Of course he is also performing four other dates for Toma Fund, so the full list of dates is: Tues, 27th Nov; Fri, 7th Dec; Sat, 8th Dec; Fri, 21st Dec and Sat, 22nd Dec.
Tom will also be performing at Eldon Square on behalf of Rotary International (Newcastle upon Tyne West) on Tuesday 18th December, between 6pm and 8pm.
We hope you can come along and support these very worthwhile charities. See you there!
See the Gigs page for full details.
After the success last December, when Tom sang on behalf of Toma Fund in Eldon Square, Tom will be delighting Christmas shoppers again this year!
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 Wyllie, North East Singer, is to appear at Eldon Square again this Christmas. He'll be serenading shoppers on four dates: 7th, 8th, 21st & 22nd December 2012.
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".
Tom Wyllie, North East Singer, performed today at Eldon Square, helping to raise funds for Rotary Club, Newcastle-upon-Tyne West. They are still counting the money! People took a welcome break from their Christmas shopping as they listened to him sing. He sprinkled some seasonal songs amongst some more classical songs - "Isabel", "Nella Fantasia" and a host of Musical Theatre favourites. "Bring Him Home" proved so popular he was asked to sing it four times, during a ninety minute set! Tom would like to thank the many people who donated to a good cause and stopped to wish him well. He would also like to thank the many people who bought his CD "crescendo" and hopes that they enjoy listening.
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!
North East Singer, Tom Wyllie, is to perform at Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, on Wednesday 7th December 2011. He will be located between John Lewis and Boots, and will be singing between 10.30am and 11.30am, performing a mix of Classical, Musical Theatre, Pop Ballads and, no doubt a festive sprinkling of seasonal cheer!
He looks forward to seeing you there!