Valen­tine’s Day with Will Martin

The Tribune (NZ) - - THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT -

In­ter­na­tional singing star Will Martin, has a bit of soft spot for Manawatu. Here is where his solo ca­reer was nur­tured, en­cour­aged and as a re­sult, bloomed.

With guest Re­becca Nelson, Will is per­form­ing his only New Zealand con­cert this sum­mer at the Feild­ing Civic Cen­tre on Valen­tine’s Day, Fe­bru­ary 14.

‘‘Manawatu was in­cred­i­bly sup­port­ive dur­ing my early ca­reer and I’m ex­cited to re­turn to the re­gion once again,’’ the Los An­ge­les based singer says.

The last 12 months have seen him per­form in Europe where he head­lined the Basel Tat­too – an event se­cond only to Ed­in­burgh’s Mil­i­tary Tat­too, and per­formed a solo con­cert in Lon­don’s West End.

Par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar in the UK, Will’s 2007 de­but al­bum A New World went to #1, mak­ing him the youngest artist in his­tory to top the UK clas­si­cal charts. It had taken just six weeks for the al­bum to at­tain dou­ble plat­inum sta­tus in New Zealand.

He’s also be­come na­tional an­them singer of choice for many top sport and govern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the NZRU. He’s per­formed God De­fend New Zealand seven times at All Black tests and, on all of those oc­ca­sions, New Zealand has won.

Pro­ducer of the Fe­bru­ary 14 con­cert in Feild­ing, Pat Snox­ell, says Will is the ideal Valen­tine’s Day artist.

‘‘Will has a smooth, ro­man­tic voice that will ap­peal to ev­ery­one. His reper­toire, and the way he per­son­ally con­nects with his au­di­ence will make this con­cert very spe­cial.’’

Re­becca will be re­mem­bered for her emo­tional ren­di­tion of the na­tional an­them with the New Zealand Navy Band at Gal­lipoli last year. Fol­low­ing the Valen­tine’s Day con­cert, the young in­de­mand singer heads to Welling­ton to per­form at the Royal Ed­in­burgh Tat­too.

The pair have been close friends since Re­becca guested on Will’s 2011 South Is­land tour, and she is par­tic­u­larly ex­cited about Feild­ing ‘‘as it’s my first visit to this beau­ti­ful town.’’

‘‘I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to team­ing up with Will for sev­eral con­certs in 2016,’’ she says.

Their song se­lec­tion fea­tures a col­lec­tion of clas­si­cal, mu­si­cal theatre and pop­u­lar favourites that is cer­tain to please.

Tick­ets (adults $35, chil­dren $20, 10 + $30) for the 4pm Valen­tine’s Day con­cert, are avail­able from the Feild­ing In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre, Re­gent On Broad­way and Tick­et­Di­rect.

Roses are rare, my love. Will Martin makes Feild­ing his Valen­tine this Sun­day in a spe­cial mati­nee con­cert.

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