Double act team up for the afternoon

Ian Townsend
Ian Townsend

TWO top artistes will grace the stage at an afternoon concert organised to raise funds for a Leigh drama company.

St Joseph’s Players are hosting the Concert in St Joseph’s Hall, Chapel Street, on Sunday April 15 from 2.30pm until 5pm.

The artistes appearing are tenor Joe Shovelton and pianist Ian Townsend who are not unfamiliar to Leigh audiences.

Joe was a pupil at St Mary’s High School before studying at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

He was principal tenor with the D’Oyly Carte Opera Companyand most recently he has appeared at the Young Vic in ‘Street Scene’ and is currently in rehearsal with Opera North for ‘Carousel’ in which he plays Mr. Snow.

He said: “I first perfomed on St Joseph’s stage at the age of seven in the pantomime – mine was Humpty Dumpty. It wasn’t until I was 16 that I appeared again in the play ‘Shop at Sly Corner’ in a small role.

“I have family and friends in Leigh and I visit as often as I can.

“I have always tried to support local interests and have performed at St Joseph’s Hall before and the audience always make me feel like I never left home”.

Joe is accompanied by Ian Townsend, is a renowned classical pianist from Darwen who trained at Chetham’s, Manchester and at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London. A recent role was Musical Director on ‘Chicago’.

Tickets at £8 available from Ratcliffe’s Cycle Shop, Bradshawgate, Kath Roberts 01942 601878 or St Joseph’s Parish Secretary (Monday to Friday 9am till 4pm) 01942 601878.