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Opera trio headines on UK tour
Operatic trio Sol3 Mio had a busy end to 2014 – and 2015 looks to be equally hectic for the Samoan/ New Zealand outfit.
Tenor brothers Pene and Amitai Pati and their baritone cousin Moses Mackay supported Alfie Boe on his pre-Christmas UK tour, released their debut album in Britain and appeared on festive television specials like BBC's Big Sing.
In March, 2015, they will headline their first UK tour, appearing at Birmingham Town Hall on March 13.
Recorded in London, their self-titled album features opera classics and modern surprises, including Nessun Dorma, Amazing Grace, O Sole Mio, and the rousing We Are Samoa.
Their families had moved from Samoa to seek a better life in New Zealand and from an early age the boys' musical talents were obvious. As children the brothers gave weekly performances in rest homes but it was when Pene and Moses sang in the choir backing Andrea Bocelli in 2008 that they began considering the possibilities of opera as a career.
Better life: Sol3 Mio - Pene and Amitai Pati and Moses Mackay
Performing together as a trio at Pene's farewell, after he had been selected to attend the prestigious Wales International Academy Of Voice, an audience member suggested they should form a group – an idea that gradually began to take hold. Within a year all three had been individually chosen to go to Wales for tuition - an incredible opportunity but also one with a combined cost of over $100,000.
Rolling up their sleeves, they launched Sol3 Mio with a series of fundraisers that concluded with a triumphant show at a sold out Auckland Town Hall in October 2012.
Since then their debut album has become a best-seller in New Zealand and kept One Direction and Susan Boyle off the number one slot.
Sol3 Mio 2015 UK tour dates:
March 10: Queens Hall, Edinburgh ; March 12: Cadogan Hall, London ; March 13: Town Hall, Birmingham; March 16: Lowry Quays Theatre, Manchester;
March 17: Sage 2, Gateshead;
March 18: City Varieties Music Hall, Leeds.