Been there, done that ……
One of the most commonly asked questions by anyone contacting this site is has Greg got a CD out yet? A possible indication of how many people there are wanting and waiting to buy one. Greg has not, to date, made a CD, but he has devised, performed and recorded a version of Bizet’s la Habanera that can be heard on the ‘High Notes and Low Downs’ page.
Greg has also enjoyed a very diverse range of performance opportunities since first coming to the notice of the general public. Most visitors arrive at this site because they are already know of Greg but when and where they became aware of his spectacular countertenor vocals is not the same for all. This page will hopefully give a visitor to this site an overview of some of the performance highs, and lows, that Greg has experienced in the last few years.
Britain’s Got Talent
This is the starting point for some who visit this site. Either they saw Greg when he appeared on Britain’s Got Talent in 2009 or they have come across, on video clip sites, his performance in the audition rounds and, or, the semi final rounds of the 2009 series. Greg sang Nessun Dorma for his live audition and received a standing ovation from the audience. Video clips of the performance began to appear on ‘You Tube’ and almost immediately went viral, reaching number one in the viral video charts. The number of hits that this video has had is now approaching 20 million.
In the semi finals Greg sang both vocal ‘parts’ of the duet Barcelona that was originally performed by Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe. He was not voted into the finals but many already knew that they wanted to hear more.
Those that wanted to hear more included producers and directors of musicals. Greg was successful in securing a lead part with a touring musical that would have been staged in London and throughout the UK, unfortunately the production ran into financial difficulties and never opened.
Greg talked about some of the ups and downs he had experienced in an interview with Bridge FM radio broadcaster Jay Curtis.
Click on the player to listen to the interview
The main focus of the interview with Jay that hopefully you have just listened to was to promote a charity performance that Greg was taking part in. Performing for charities large and small, both local and national is something that Greg has frequently done in the last few years. He has sung at a top Welsh golfing complex on a number of occasions, at a big annual charity gala that is staged there to raise funds for a local hospice. He has also travelled hundreds of miles, to venues across the country, to attend charity events; one such occasion took him to Blackpool to appear in a two night function that was staged to support the BBC’s Children in Need appeal. This event raised thousands of pounds for the charity, some of which came from the auctioning off of the multi signed jeans Greg wore.
Greg has performed at many different public and private functions in the last few years. He has sung at small parties as well as much larger events. He was engaged by the ‘Visit Britain Campaign’ to entertain a group of European dignitaries who were visiting Wales as part of a fact finding tour that was being staged to promote tourism and encourage overseas visitors to holiday in the U.K.
Greg has also sung at some very large outdoor events, one of which, in 2010, was the ‘Opera Alfresco’ evening, which was the opening event of a four week long Arts Festival. He sang a number of Baroque arias to an enthused audience in the amazingly beautiful grounds of Chepstow Castle. Below is an image of Greg with ‘Madame Rhondda Tannoy’ the outrageous alter ego of baritone Karl Daymond, who also sang at the event.
Greg answered some questions about his charity work as part of an interview he previously
gave to this website -
You have sung for various fund raising events since you came to public attention,
some now for a second year; it seems to be something you enjoy. Do charity events
differ from other engagements; are they more or less stressful?
"Yes I do love being able to help people and to show my support in the most natural way that comes to me, singing! These events are more stressful for me as I want everything to be perfect but due to the tight schedules often have to ad lib on stage as there is no script or sound check! I often have to give little signals to increase the sound or mainly decrease my mic level as my voice is rather loud!!" Lol
Are there any charitable causes that you would particularly like to support but have not yet been asked to?
"Well I help St Anne's Hospice which is a cancer orientated cause and this is quite close to my heart as some family members are currently suffering and some have sadly passed due to this illness. I have also helped Help for Heroes. As for other causes there are so many that I would love to help but what I would really like to do is visit a developing nation and actually physically help -
In the last few years Greg has had the opportunity to perform outside of the U.K. He was unfortunately unable to pursue a request to perform with a European opera company, the request coming when circumstances were not quite right. He has however performed overseas at prestigious events in Asia. In 2010 he sang at the opening night of a new luxury casino in Sri Lanka and in 2011 he undertook two visits to Thailand.
Greg’s first visit to Thailand in 2011 was primarily to perform at the opening ceremony
of a book launch. The book ‘Khmer Bronzes -
He is the biggest single contributor to the National Museum of Cambodia.
The book launch was attended by many important guests including the Ambassador of Cambodia and members of the Thai royal family. Artefacts from Okhan Latchford’s private collection were on display during the evening. Greg was given the chance to wear an ancient and very precious gold piece whilst performing, as shown in the image below.
There was understandably much media interest and coverage of this important book launch. An article in one paper read..
HE You Ay, Cambodia's Ambassador to Thailand, presided over the 'Khmer Bronzes, New
Interpretations of the Past’ book launch co-
Greg returned to Thailand for a second time in 2011 to perform at the opening ceremony of the Asian Body Building Championships; and also sang at a first class holiday resort there. Unfortunately other engagements he had planned for the second visit were not able to take place as his second trip coincided with the terrible floods that the country experienced that year.
In March 2010 Greg appeared in a documentary that was part of a mini series on BBC
2. The series was called ‘Welsh Tenors’. Only Men Aloud's Tim Rhys-
Odd One In
It is possible that you are visiting this site because you wanted to find out more
about Greg after another television appearance that he made in 2011. He appeared
on ITV 1 on a Christmas Special Edition of the popular game show ‘Odd One In’. The
show was actually made in the summer months but broadcast in the Christmas week of
2011. For anyone unfamiliar with this fun family entertainment show the format is
that two teams have to guess which person, from a series of line ups that they are
presented with, has an unusual talent or skill. For Greg’s line up the teams were
asked to guess who, out of the five people they were presented with, truly had ‘the
voice of an angel’. After each member of the line-
The images below are of the line during the rehearsal and the show. Did the teams guess correctly? If you have not seen the show watch the video clip and find out.
If you have managed to get to the very bottom of this long page then, wherever you ‘first found’ Greg, hopefully you will now have a better idea of what he has been doing for the last few years.
The image opposite is from the Blackpool ‘Children in Need Spectacular’ with Greg wearing the jeans that he got every performer appearing over the two evenings to sign. A new pair for both nights, and on both nights bidding was brisk.
In 2011 Greg performed a series of concerts entitled
'A Night of Classics'
As well as performing arias from various classic baroque operas Greg also sang some adaptations of traditional folk songs and medleys from musical theatre shows such as 'Phantom of the Opera' and 'West Side Story'. The concerts were also a showcase for other young performers from the South Wales area.
Greg was accompanied at these concerts by the talented pianist Kirsten Sondergaard,
who played for Greg, and other soloists, at the ‘Opera Alfresco’ evening held in
the summer of 2010 in the magnificent Chepstow Castle grounds. The event was the
opening concert of a four week long Arts Festival.
Night of Classics Tour
To read an interview that Greg gave to this website about the tour, and a website review click here