Ten Tenors - with a Kiwi twist


The Ten Tenors are head­ing to Auck­land – and they’re bring­ing for­mer Pan­mure res­i­dent Cameron Bar­clay with them.

The 29-year-old singer is a mem­ber of the Aus­tralian-based singing group. The ensem­ble spend up to six months a year tour­ing with their unique blend of opera, rock, pop and cross­over hits.

Their New Zealand tour The Power of Ten is a re­turn to home for Bar­clay, now based in Welling­ton and he says it has been fan­tas­tic to be able to share the show with fam­ily and friends across the coun­try.

It’s also an op­por­tu­nity to share a bit of his home life with fel­low band mem­bers.

‘‘When you tour with peo­ple not from here you see it with dif­fer­ent eyes.’’

Bar­clay has been a mem­ber of the group since 2014, af­ter meet­ing some­one who knew the group’s mu­sic di­rec­tor.

A Skype in­ter­view fol­lowed, then he sent them some record­ings.

‘‘Four days later I had the job. It was good tim­ing – they needed some­one and I was the right fit at the time.’’

Bar­clay says he loves per­form­ing with the group. ‘‘We get to do so many dif­fer­ent styles of mu­sic. It’s been amaz­ing.’’

It’s not just opera – the group per­form ev­ery­thing from Ed Sheeran to Puc­cini, he says.

There’s a trib­ute to boy bands and a shout-out to the di­vas of pop, ‘‘but we’ve got some re­ally poignant mo­ments as well’’.

Bar­clay says the show’s strength is in the mix of mu­sic, al­low­ing it to show­case the dif- fer­ent voice type of each tenor.

Bar­clay has trav­elled the world with the ensem­ble tour­ing in Eu­rope, Aus­tralia, Asia, Amer­ica and now New Zealand.

Be­sides the sheer va­ri­ety of mu­sic they sing, there’s a great so­cial as­pect to it all as well.

‘‘It’s 10 mates just hav­ing a good time and tour­ing. I’m en­joy­ing my­self so much.’’

The Ten Tenors will be per­form­ing at the Bruce Ma­son The­atre, Taka­puna on May 20 and the Aotea Cen­tre, Auck­land Cen­tral on May 21. Tick­ets are avail­able from tick­et­mas­ter.co.nz.

Cameron Bar­clay is a trained opera singer but he’s not con­fined to one genre with the Ten Tenors.

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