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Five minutes with Jonathan Antoine

PUBLISHED: 14:40 24 October 2014 | UPDATED: 14:40 24 October 2014

Jonathan Antoine / Sony Music Photo by Paul Marc Mitchell

Jonathan Antoine / Sony Music Photo by Paul Marc Mitchell

© Paul Marc Mitchell

Holly Eells talks to Essex boy and singing star Jonathan Antoine about his solo album and his special guest performance in the Last Night of the Autumn Proms at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend this month

You have many exciting projects over the next couple of months including your debut album and a special guest performance at the Cliffs Pavilion. Please tell us more?

I recently had the incredible opportunity to perform with Placido Domingo on the final date of the iTunes Festival. Also my debut album, Tenore, was released this week, which is very exciting. I will also be performing six classical nights at the Royal Albert Hall and finally the Last Night of the Autumn Proms at the Cliffs Pavilion.

How does it feel to be performing in your home county?

It is always wonderful to perform in my home county. I was born in Essex and have always lived in Essex, so I think the local people will be very supportive.

Tell us about the Last Night of the Autumn Proms

It’s going to be a fabulous event on a Sunday afternoon and it brings all the fun elements of classical music to everyone. I will be joining the London Concert Orchestra and acclaimed soloists tenor Mario Sofroniou and soprano Ilona Domnich.

Can you share any exclusives?

I can tell you all to look out for the wonderful trumpet solo on one of my favourite tracks off my debut album, Parla Piu Piano from the Godfather. It was played by Jonathan Freeman Attwood, principal of The Royal Academy of Music and it was quite an honour for this Essex boy!

Which is your favourite place in Essex to visit and why?

My family home as I can relax, play guitar and chill. I also have three cats to keep me company and anyone that knows anything about me, knows I love cats!

Jonathan Antoine will be appearing at the Cliffs Pavilion in Southend on November 30. For details, see southendtheatres.org.uk

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