After forming during the lockdown, the classical music duo dubbed the ‘Forever Tenors’ wowed audiences at a series of prestigious Yorkshire music events all summer long.
Batley’s new live music venue aims to capture the city’s showbiz sparkle
It may have taken a global pandemic to reunite friends Rob Durkin and Adam Lacey, but they hardly believed they would come out of lockdown soon with a “Surrender” album and an upcoming nationwide tour.
But barely 12 months after they met, the musical dreams of the professionally trained duo are about to come true.
Rob, from Cleckheaton, and Adam, from Leeds, spent months during the first lockdown collaborating on a new approach to classical music, reworking and recording a range of popular songs with an Italian and classical twist.
This new approach and creativity was so well received that Forever Tenors went on to spend their summer performing alongside a host of famous singers Russell Watson and Wynne Evans at a variety of venues including Harewood House and Castle Howard.
The duo are living the dream and Rob, 35, said: ‘We have had a phenomenal summer all over the UK, from music festivals in Hale and Guernsey to outdoor Proms concerts in some of the finest homes in the UK. UK.
“We’re so lucky to have been able to develop something so successful out of what started as a hobby during the pandemic, when we both found ourselves with some free time.”
The Forever Tenors will bring local audiences a unique evening of classically arranged pop songs, including mind-blowing versions of Unchained Melody, All By Myself, Nights in White Satin and Take That’s Rule The World, to name a few – some with the lyrics to be sung in English and Italian.
The show “Surrender”, named after their debut album, will kick off the duo’s first nationwide tour and give their growing fans the chance to see them perform live closer to home.
For Adam, 33, the second half of the duo, success is still a pinching moment: âThe success we have had in such a short time has been incredible.
âWe started working together during the lockdown to remix some of our favorite songs, and the results have been amazing. Everyone seemed to like him.
Despite their early success, the duo will not rest on their laurels, with Adam insisting: “We are absolutely delighted with the quality of the welcome from Forever Tenors and hope that we will continue to grow more and more.”
Forever Tenors will launch their first nationwide “Surrender” tour at the Lawrence Batley Theater in Huddersfield on October 22.
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