Kamloops might be a long way from Buckingham Palace, but it’s hard to imagine a classier performance than the one The Tenors put on at Interior Savings Centre on Friday night.
The applause that greeted Remigio Pereira, Victor Micallef, Fraser Walters and Clifton Murray as they took the stage almost dwarfed the melody that accompanied them.
Wasting no time, The Tenors wrapped the audience around their collective fingers with an operatic piece that brought further approval from the crowd.
It’s doubtful anyone, be they young or old, were disappointed with the quartet’s mix of operatic and pop. This is, after all, a vocal group that opened for the 2010 Olympics and performed in front of the Queen of England.
“It’s going to be fun tonight,” one of The Tenors said early in the show. “We’ve heard that about Kamloops, that it’s fun.”
The Tenors revealed that a spike in local CD sales prior to the show helped push their latest album, Lead With Your Heard, to platinum. This caused an enthusiastic response.
The album’s title track was performed early on. Although more in the realm of pop, the power of the vocals was in no way diminished.
In fact, it didn’t matter if it was an Italian love song or a haunting cover of The Rankin Family’s Fare Thee Well Love, the range of the men’s voices never ceased to impress.
Fare Thee Well was particularly effective, and reflective of the tragedy that has befallen The Rankins over the year
Throughout the night Pereira, Micallef, Walters and Murray took turns playing various instruments, including the piano and guitar. And they were well supported by a more traditional band that included electric guitar and drums.
They also took turns introducing themselves and explaining what led them into music. Walters, who hails from Vancouver Island, won the crowd over when he revealed he’d visited Kamloops often as a child for hockey games and other outdoor activites.
“You’ve got such a beautiful home here,” he said. “It’s great to be back.”