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!
Tom was back at Marabini's on Saturday and it was one of the busiest nights yet! So busy that he was late to get started - but he didn't short change anyone, and carried on until nearly midnight.
Andrea, Dave & Ellis Thompson of Toma Fund, the charity Tom sang for in Eldon Square at Christmas, came along to see what all the fuss is about! Now they know! There is nowhere quite like it.
You can catch him Tom there again on 16th February 2013, but be sure to book a table. He starts around 8:30pm - depending on how busy it is!!
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In an article in the Evening Chronicle, Andrea Thompson, of Toma Fund, picked out Tom's efforts in Eldon Square Shopping Centre, to highlight the efforts of fundraisers over the Christmas period.
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!
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.
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".
Today's Evening Chronicle features an article about Tom's efforts on behalf of Toma Fund. He has already helped raise £2,381 for them, but he hopes to increase this on 27th April 2012. Toma Fund have organised an event, and asked Tom to sing at The Caledonian Hotel, Osborne Road, Jesmond.
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.
If you didn't already know, Toma Fund is a charity which supports children, teenagers, young people and their families in the North East and Cumbria who have been affected by a diagnosis of childhood cancer. Tom sang at the Metrocentre on Easter Saturday Read More...
Tom Wyllie, North East Singer, performed today at the Metrocentre, Gateshead on behalf of the Children's Cancer Charity Toma Fund. He performed three sets, in between the Metrognome's Easter shows in Exhibition Square. He sang a selection of songs from his CD "crescendo", which was also on sale, with Tom contributing a portion of the sale proceeds to Toma Fund.
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!
Tom Wyllie, North East Singer, will be performing on behalf of Toma Fund at The Metro Centre, this Easter Saturday 7th April 2012. He will be performing on the MetroGnomes stage in Exhibition Square (outside Primark) at approximately the following times: 11.45am - 12.45pm, 1.45pm - 2.45pm and 3.45pm - 4.45pm.
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!
Toma Fund have announced that a new venue and date has been set for Tom to sing on their behalf - raising funds to help children with cancer and their families. As you can see from the flyer, the venue is now The Caledonian Hotel, Osborne Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE2 2AT and Tom will be there from 7.30pm on Friday 27th April, 2012.
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 Wyllie, North East Singer, is pleased to announce, that following the success of his Christmas Eldon Square performance on behalf of the Toma Fund, he will be appearing at the Metrocentre, Gateshead on Easter Saturday, 7th April 2012. He is hoping to raise further much needed funds on their behalf. He will probably appear three times, each for about half to three quarters of an hour. He is appearing between each MetroGnome show!
Tom Wyllie, North east Singer, performed yesterday at Eldon Square, helping to raise funds for the Toma Fund.
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 Wyllie, North East Singer, will be performing at Eldon Square again! This time Tom will sing on Tuesday 20th December 2011, in aid of the Toma Fund, which was established, following the tragic loss of Jordan Thompson (aka Toma) to Acute Myloid Leukaemia in 2007. The fund achieved it's original aim of raising £350,000 for the Great North Children's Hospital Teenage Cancer Unit in June 2011, and now aims to support children, teenagers, young people and their families experiencing financial difficulties while going through childhood cancers.
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.