Five minutes with… Leroy Vickers of Tre Amici

Published: Tuesday 13th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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After a year of huge success, Hull-born Tre Amici return to Hull City Hall on Thursday, December 15 for a one-off classical performance.

We caught up with Tenor singer Leroy Vickers (pictured above, centre) to find out what the group has been up to.

Firstly, can you tell us about your recent trip and what you do?

Tre Amici formed two years ago. We do classical crossover music. We formed for 2015’s Hull Daily Mail Star Search, which we went on to win.

After that, someone sent the final footage of our performance to a competition called Open Mic UK. We actually went on to win that too, which was earlier this year.

On the back of that, we signed a management deal with Kim Glover Entertainment, which has had huge success with the likes of Whitney Houston, and now manages Sam Lavery from X Factor.

We’ve got a few shows lined up before possibly going on a tour next year. We played at St James’s Church in London Piccadilly last month, and we’re of course back in Hull at the City Hall.

Has 2016 been really busy then?

After winning Open Mic UK we got a lot of publicity. We’ve played at huge parties, charities and events. For example, we recently performed for the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust – she was blown away by what we do!

We also performed for the Jenny Wallwork Foundation, where there were over 25 Olympic athletes watching us.

So, what does Tre Amici actually mean?

Tre Amici means ‘three friends’ in Italian. We’re all from East Hull. I’ve known Michael Thomas since I was twelve and Martin Jackson for nine years. It’s crazy really.

Martin has been singing the longest, whereas I always wanted to be a basketball player or boxer. When I heard him sing I thought, “God, I wouldn’t mind singing like that!”

Three years ago I had this idea of forming a classical group. I went to a few auditions in London and eventually got offered the lead role in The Phantom of the Opera in the West End. But I didn’t want to do it! I realised I wanted to have my own show and do my own concerts.

That’s when I met Daniel Glatman, who used to manage Blue. He wanted to put me in a group with two other singers called The Opera Guys, and the idea was that we’d audition for the X Factor.

To cut a long story short, we came tenth place and it didn’t really work out. That’s when I had the idea of getting Martin and Michael on board and forming a new group. Tre Amici was born!

What’s the best part of what you do?

The hardest part is being northern and singing Italian opera. We’re from Hull and we get so much support in the north, but when we travel a bit further afield people don’t seem to take us seriously.

None of us have had classical training, we’re all self-taught, and before even hearing us people don’t give us a chance.

And what’s your favourite part?

The best part of what we do is helping out so many charities. Of course, we want to get our name out there, but raising money and awareness along the way is great.

We’ve actually raised over £250,000 for various charities, including Teenage Cancer Trust, the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust, the Prince’s Trust and Dove House Hospice.

I lost my mum to cancer, so I love helping out those associated charities and causes.

Have you got any big plans for 2017?

Next year is of course Hull UK City of Culture, and we want to do something for it.

2017 also marks the ten-year anniversary of Luciano Pavarotti’s death. We want to release a single in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and dedicate it to the legendary singer.

How do you feel about being back on your own turf, playing at Hull City Hall?

Of course, we’re absolutely excited. There’ll be lots of people there and the line-up is really good too. It’ll be a variety of entertainment, but mainly a cultural show with classical music and even some gospel.

Tre Amici perform with Richard and Adam, finalists of Britain’s Got Talent, at Hull City Hall on Thursday 15 December at 7:30pm. For tickets, please call the box office on 01482 300300 or book online.

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Published: Tuesday 13th December 2016 by Rich Sutherland

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