Tenor Martin Toal sings in aid of The Christie

PUBLISHED: 14:59 18 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:52 20 February 2013

A few of the Liverpool Signing Choir

A few of the Liverpool Signing Choir

Cheshire tenor Martin Toal is joined by a cast of local musical talent at a grand concert in aid of Christie Hospital

Sale tenor Martin Toal could be Englands hope in the World Cup this year. Every time hes sung at an England game, theyve scored and won. When I chatted to him, the 45-year-old had just returned from performing before an illustrious audience that included England boss Fabio Capello, Terry Venables and Sven Goran-Eriksson, as well as Uniteds Sir Alex Ferguson.
It was just fantastic, enthused the former languages teacher who turned pro in 2004 after training part-time.
It had been organised by the League Managers Association and was a dinner for 600, most of whom were football royalty. I sang a medley starting with Volare and ending with Nessun Dorma. They told Fabio Capello: This is the man whoshould be the first one on the plane to South Africa because of the five England matches Ive sung at, theyve never conceded a goal!
But next month, Martin has his sights on a goal of a different kind: raising funds for Christie Hospital in a concert at Manchesters Bridgewater Hall.
Organised for the third year by Lymm Rotary club, its a warm celebration of music and dance that combines popular classics, an array of young talent and professionals. Martin will be joined by leading violinist Craig Owen and soprano Louise Taylor, the editor of Cheshire Life.
The concert mixes professional with the best of young North-West talent, explains Martin. Therell be the 60-strong Stockport Youth Orchestra, the 200-strong choir from Loreto School, Altrincham, and weve got three talented young musicians from Lymm High School, a flautist, trumpet player and a singer. Therell be numbers from Lymm Big Band and dancing from the June Rendell Academy of Dance. Its like a classical variety concert. All the music is popular and well-known and well finish with a last night of the proms-style finale.
Also taking part will be the Liverpool Signing Choir who will join Martin in a rousing version of Nessun Dorma.
The fact is before turning professional I used to teach so I keep my eye out for young talent. Promoting the positive side of youth is important to me, as well as the music.

Martin Toal, An Evening of Popular Classics is at the Bridgewater Hall on Saturday May 8th at 7.30pm. For full details and tickets, visit www.bridgewater-hall.co.uk or telephone 0161 950 9000.

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