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Friday, 19 February 2021

Renowned Australian tenor, Jonathon Welch AM, will be starring in a Concert at Glen Street Theatre called I’m Just Wild About Harry, a tribute to the music and life of Welsh tenor Harry Secombe. With the show only weeks away, we asked Jonathon a few questions.

As an incredibly skilled and experienced performer, what was it like to appear as a contestant on television show The Voice in 2020?

I've always believed that we need to keep challenging ourselves at every stage of life and in our careers. Now that I'm in my sixties, I wanted to do it for the Boomers as well!

I'm very well known as a choir director in Australia because of the success of the ABC documentary series about the Choir of Hard Knocks, but I wanted to let the public know that I've also had a long and successful singing career.

You were awarded an Order of Australia for your work with homeless and disadvantaged singers through the Choir of Hard Knocks. How has your life changed since resigning from the post of Director?

Choir of Hard Knocks will always have a very special place in my heart, and I'm continuing the legacy of my work with them through my inclusive arts charity - Play It Forward. 

So, I'm busier than ever with more exciting projects and no sign of slowing down!

Why are you wild about Harry Secombe?

Harry Secombe was one of my mother's favourite singers and I grew up listening to his records and listening to him on the radio with his comedy show The Goons.

So much of the music he sang was the music that I started singing also as a young Tenor.

What songs will you be including in your performance at Glen Street?

Lots of Harry's 'greatest hits' from his long career including If I Ruled the World to I Believe, Love is a Many Splendored Thing and many of the great tenor songs and arias that he also recorded.

Jonathon will be appearing at Glen Street Theatre from 11-12 April. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here or by phoning 9975 1455.

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