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Review: Jonathan Antoine at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 July 2016

Classical tenor Jonathan Antoine. Photo: Paul Marc Mitchell

Classical tenor Jonathan Antoine. Photo: Paul Marc Mitchell

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When Jonathan Antoine appeared on stage at the Marina Theatre in Lowestoft, the audience were instantly captivated with his personality and his phenomenal voice.

After a brief introduction, the former Britain’s Got Talent star then announced to the crowd: “I am wasting your time; I am just going to sing”.

The audience were soon cheering and clapping for the tenor – who released his first solo CD ‘Tenore’ in 2014.

Along with some of his dedicated followers, known as ‘The Fantoines’, many people in Lowestoft were hearing Jonathan’s unmistakable voice for the first time.

What struck me straight away was the power of his voice. It was truly remarkable.

He began by singing Granada which was a spectacular start to what would turn out to be a memorable evening.

I could see that this was more than just a 21-year old standing and singing, this was an emerging talent who puts everything into each and every note of the song.

But since his television appearance, it is staggering just how much his voice has improved.

He had the audience in the palm of his hand with the rendition of Hushabye Mountain before he introduced soprano saxophone player Sarah Ings to the stage.

At the end of the unmistakable song Hallelujah, some of the crowd got to their feet to applaud.

After explaining that she had travelled six hours to arrive at the Marina venue, Sarah then performed two solo songs.

Before the interval, Jonathan beautifully performed Ave Maria – claiming that “I must have sung that 1000 times and it never gets old.”

Keen to work with emerging young talents, Jonathan then invited the DPA Performing Arts Academy Choir on to stage.

Along with performing a song with him, they also sang two of their own songs – an outstanding addition to proceedings.

After a rendition of Clair de Lune by Debussy, piano player Pavel Timofeyevsky performed two solo numbers for the audience.

His ability was remarkable – it had me captivated throughout.

Before the concert came to an end, there was still time for Jonathan to sing the popular Bring Him Home and Empty Chairs at Empty Tables – with the crowd on their feet in appreciation.

His adoring fans and people watching the tenor for the first time were treated to two hours of remarkable musical ability.

I spoke to some of his dedicated fans after the show – some of whom had travelled from places including Nottingham, Essex, Düsseldorf and Copenhagen.

Pam Rose attends all of Jonathan’s concerts from her home near Hemel Hempstead.

“Every time I see him perform, I can’t believe that he can get better – but he does,” she explained.

“I would go to the end of the Earth to hear him sing – I think he is the world’s best tenor.”


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