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Opera teen joins soldiers

PUBLISHED: 13:04 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 11:33 23 August 2010

A YOUNG opera singer, who has been dubbed Britain s youngest baritone, is about to embark on a 10-date schedule with a popular tour. Matthew Crane, 17, a former pupil at Gad s Hill School, Higham, will be the support act on The Soldiers Coming Home bill

A YOUNG opera singer, who has been dubbed Britain's youngest baritone, is about to embark on a 10-date schedule with a popular tour.

Matthew Crane, 17, a former pupil at Gad's Hill School, Higham, will be the support act on The Soldiers Coming Home bill.

The young sensation will appear at the opening gig on March 20 at De Montford Hall in Leicester and will play 10 of the 16 scheduled concerts.

His mother, Shirleyanne Williams, confessed that her son is delighted about the prospect and hopes that this could be his big break.

"He is really looking forward to appearing on this tour as it draws in big crowds," she said. "His plans are to go to the Royal Academy of Music in London come September if he hasn't secured a record deal.

"Things are coming together now and it seems that more and more labels are interested in him and personally he is confident is career will get moving."

Following the Leicester gig Mr Crane will be appearing in front of audiences as far away as Skegness in Lincolnshire and the Welsh capital Cardiff.

The highlight for him and his family will be the show at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London which has been penned in for Sunday, April 4.

Ms Williams added: "It is an honour for any performer to appear at that venue and to have been able to do it more than once by the time you are 17 is a real achievement."

Following the tour Mr Crane will play a number of gigs closer to home and more dates for the summer months will be added at a later date.

For more information on the young singer visit www.matthewcrane.co.uk and for information or tickets for the upcoming tour visitwww.ticket

master.co.uk/The-Soldiers-the-Coming-Home-Tour-tickets/artist/1018248.

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