YOUNG performers at a charity concert presented by Plymouth Soroptimists and the Rotary Club of Plympton, will be extra confident in their performance, having had the benefit of a masterclass from Plymouth opera star David Webb.
David, who is a member of popera supergroup Amore, grew up in St Budeaux and gained a music scholarship to Plymouth College, eventually graduating from the Royal College of Music.
He says he was delighted to be able to return to the city to 'put something back', by spending a day at the university helping budding young singers improve their technique.
"When I was growing up in Plymouth, I never for a second imagined I would be able to perform at venues such as Wembley Stadium and the Royal Albert Hall," he said.
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"The arts have the power to inspire and engage, helping young people believe that everything is possible.
"When I think of what has happened to Amore over the past year I have to pinch myself.
"It is great to be able to give something back to my home city."
Highlights of Amore's incredible career to date include taking part in the Flotilla for the Royal Jubilee as part of the Royal College of Music Chamber, singing in the Royal Albert Hall four times in four months, performing Nimrod in front of the Queen as part of the Festival of Remembrance, then again at their own recital concert, at the classical Brit Awards and in support of Michael Ball.
Amore have been in constant demand for concerts as well as a host of national TV and radio appearances, and pulled of an incredible coup by performing at the FA Cup final at Wembley in May to a TV audience of 12 million in the UK and 172 million around the world.
David had hoped to be able to appear in person in the concert on Sunday, but his busy schedule would not allow it.
Instead he recorded an introduction to the concert and a 12-minute film of the masterclass to be shown at the event.
Soroptimist Sylvia Bedbrook is thrilled that David was able to spare time to come to Plymouth to encourage the youngsters and is looking forward to the show.
"This is such an exciting opportunity for our performers after having enjoyed professional guidance," she says.
"We have found such an amazing amount of talent in Plymouth and it's wonderful to see them blossom."
Some of those who took part in David's masterclass form a group called the Singing Sensations who began singing together for fun at primary school and have continued into secondary school, honing their musical skills and developing harmonies.
They will be singing Mercy by Duffy and Five Years Time by Noah And The Whale as a group, with further solo performances including Tears In Heaven, Part Of Me and The Girl In 14G.
Also on the bill will be the Devonport Girls' Choir, singing Sting's Fields Of Gold, and the Lipson Community College Saxophone Ensemble playing their own versions of Bohemian Rhapsody and Looney Tunes, plus there'll be a variety of classical instrumental performances too.
The concert is taking place at the Levinsky Building at Plymouth University on Sunday.
For further information please visit the Plymouth Soroptimist's website.