Opera-singing Flintshire brothers aiming for top

Reporter:

Helen Davies

TWO brothers are hoping to make a career move – from sandwiches to singing.

Richard and Adam Johnson have been crowned winners of a North Wales’s Got Talent competition and are now looking to turn their hobby into a profession.

The opera-singing brothers wowed the audience at the talent competition, held at the Victoria Hotel’s My Place nightclub in Holywell last month, singing Music of the Night from Phantom of the Opera and The Impossible Dream from Man of La Mancha.

Richard, 20, and Adam, 17, both work in the catering industry and plan to use the £1,000 prize money to buy equipment to help them turn their love of singing into a career.

“We 100 per cent want to do this professionally,” said Richard, who works at Subway in Mold and Flint.

“It would be nice to turn a hobby into something we can do long term.

“I do sing when I work, normally when I open up in the morning and there’s nobody there. Someone once heard me from down the street and she told me I should audition for X Factor.

“We’ve had a lot of offers since the show. People have asked us if we could do gigs for them and we’ve been speaking to someone about doing a demo tape to send to agencies.”

Adam, who works at the Temptations cafe in Flint, said: “We didn’t expect to win, we’re chuffed to bits because we love singing.”

It was the brothers’ grandmother who first got the pair interested in singing classical music.

“We were very much into the same kind of music as other people up until a few years ago,” said Richard.

“Our Nan is really into opera and musical theatre and showed us videos of opera singing in the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

“We thought we’d try singing some of the songs and from then on it took hold of us.”

The duo have had no formal training, but use tips from online experts to perfect their technique.

“We just use the internet and watch videos on YouTube,” said former Holywell High School pupil Richard. “Hopefully at some point we will be able to get a teacher.

“It was good to get some local exposure from this competition, it was a really good standard.

“There was a very good range of acts, we were quite blown away.”

The 10-week North Wales’s Got Talent competition, which featured 36 acts, was run by Craig Campbell following the success of the Flintshire’s Got Talent Competition he organised last year.

“The standard was brilliant,” he said. “It was a fantastic competition all the way through, there were no bad acts.

“The competition is something we will be doing going forward.”

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