HE MAY be part of The Next Big Thing but Dave Webb is keeping it low-key – by singing to the animals.
Forget Plymouth Pavilions and the like. There's no big-city venue tour for popera outfit Amore.
They are pushing this week's release of their first single, next and Monday's debut album... with a series of serenades. On the list are the animals at Dartmoor Zoological Park.
Rather than embark upon a regular concert tour, Amore invited people to request a personal performance in a cappella operatic style.
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It's even a case of music soothing the savage beast.
Their Plymouth arrival next Thursday will see a hectic schedule for the day that includes singing at the Sparkwell zoo, and at a Rotary event plus a couple of schools.
"We have had requests to sing from around the world," says tenor Dave, who was born and brought up in St Budeaux and won a music scholarship to Plymouth College.
"We sang earlier this week at the Miss Great Britain contest in aid of the Joshua Foundation, who arrange holidays for children with serious illness.
"When we arrive in Plymouth we're delighted to be serenading both the animals and keepers at Dartmoor Wildlife Park. A young tapir was born recently, but was frail and close to death and so zoo keepers have been keeping a constant vigil, sleeping with it at night as well as performing their day time duties."
Included on their 'serenading tour' are dates in Scotland, Manchester and Nottingham, as well as countless mini shows in the capital – in Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace and The Natural History Museum.
Widely acclaimed as the UK's hottest new classical group, Amore – also baritone Peter Brathwaite, mezzo soprano Victoria Gray and soprano Monica McGhee – have been offering their world-class vocal services free to the British public as a way of counting down to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
"We are so excited to be included in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant which will involve us singing the national anthem right in front of the Queen," explains Dave.
The event will happen on June 3 and will be televised on national BBC TV as will their appearance on the Jubilee Songs of Praise later that evening.
David and his fellow Amore band members signed a six-album record deal with Warner Brothers earlier this year.
That made him the first Plymothian to secure a major recording deal.
Unlike many of the 'popera' cross-over artists who can sing the big arias but have never actually performed on a proper opera stage, all members of Amore have sung lead roles at prestigious venues around the world and are absolutely the real deal.
And it shows in their album, Stand Together, to be released on Monday. The quartet deliver exquisite renditions of some great British works including Jerusalem, Nimrod, Amazing Grace, Abide With Me and Here's To the Heroes, as well as popular classics including Nella Fantasia, The Flower Duet, Brindisi – their first sing, from La traviata – and Cantique de Jean Racine.
Amore are already inked in for classical proms and summer concerts with Russell Watson, Alfie Boe and Aled Jones around the UK and you can see them close the Chelsea Flower Show this weekend on BBC TV, then catch them on This Morning on ITV on Monday.
"We're having such a good time," says Dave. "We're all good mates anyway so we can have fun together, but then really pull out all the stops when we go to work.
"Our single went in at No 10 on the classical chart last Sunday – and we're up against some stiff competition – but we'd really love to get to No 1."
To find out more, download their music – which will help their chart position – and see their videos, go to www.weareamore.com.