King’s Lynn singer in choir for Marc Almond gigs

Adam Tucker pictured at last December's charity concert for Mind
Adam Tucker pictured at last December's charity concert for Mind
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Adam Tucker of Lynn group Common Youth has featured in two concerts with Marc Almond of Soft Cell fame.

He was in the Leeds College of Music contemporary pop choir which joined Almond in shows at Leeds Town Hall last Friday and then a sell-out at London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

Marc Almond

Marc Almond

“It was incredible, just awesome,” said Adam, still buzzing this week after the two shows.

“The first show was an experience and then to be on stage with Marc in front of nearly 3,000 people at the Royal Festival Hall was something I’ll never forget.

“It was the noise and the atmosphere especially when he did Tainted Love. I’ve been in the audience for some big gigs but it was the first time I’ve been on stage at a concert like that.

“We opened the show singing acapella, with a compilation of Marc’s songs, and we were told he was nearly in tears when he heard us the first time … he really loved it.

“This was my first gig with the choir and it seems Marc’s management company have been really happy with what we’ve done and so hopefully they may do something with us again.”

Billed as “An Evening with Marc Almond” the shows were a birthday present to himself (he was 59 on Saturday) and as well as the pop choir he was also accompanied by college musicians. Almond has developed a growing relationship with the city’s College of Music since being awarded a fellowship in 2014.

Reviewing the Leeds concert, Duncan Seaman of the Yorkshire Evening Post write: “[Almond] allowed his student band and backing singers an equal opportunity to showcase their musical talents. And grab it they did.

“Almond hailed the orchestra and choir as ‘some of the greatest musicians I’ve ever worked with’.”

Paul Abbott, the college head of events who helped co-ordinate the teams involved, said: “This project has provided an exceptional opportunity for Leeds College of Music students to experience working on a fully professional show.

“They gave two outstanding performances, working alongside a professional team. The students have all taken great inspiration from performing in these concerts and we will all treasure our memories.”

Adam, 22, is a former student of Lynn’s Springwood High School and is in his first year at the Leeds college, studying for a degree in popular music performance.

He is a familiar singer and performer on the Norfolk music scene having performed in many bands and currently he is lead singer with Common Youth which was formed three years ago.

Adam said: “We have got a couple of festivals coming up, one in Kent and then a really big one, the Fort Fest in Bedfordshire at the beginning of September. Hopefully we can put on a local gig or two early next year.”

As well as the music, he has been offered a unique bursary award that gives undergraduate arts and drama students the chance to perform and help with a working theatre – and Adam’s placement is at Westacre Theatre where he will be performing in the John Godber play Up ’n’ Under at the end of August and in early September.

Adam has also been involved playing and singing for many charity events over the years.

In December, for the charity Mind, he performed a few songs alongside James Veck-Gilodi of Deaf Havana; he also sang and recorded alongside Lee Bigland, along with other local performers, for the same charity.

Also on the bill at the three-day Fort Fest are local groups Kingdom Keys and Phoenix Calling.