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PostSubject: Introduction   Sun May 21, 2006 7:25 am



The Ten Tenors are a group of Australian men whose music has retained their trademark blend of classical tones with modern arrangements throughout the years and changes in the line-up.
The Tenors (from left to right) are:
Top - Adrian Phillips, Craig Atkinson, Craig Hendry, David Kidd, Dion Molinas, Drew Graham
Bottom - Jason Turnbull, Jason Short, Jeff Teale, Liam McLachlan, Shannon Brown, Stewart Morris

The group formed in 1995 - a group of students studying for careers in the opera world. In 1998, they performed their first full-length show and took it on the road around Australia - while still studying full-time.

The brief bios below and photos are from the official Ten Tenors website. You can find out more about these talented Australian men at www.thetentenors.com

Adrian Phillips
One of the newest members of The Ten Tenors, Adrian has always been involved with music. Originally a string (violin/viola) player throughout school, Adrian, after seeing and listening to numerous operas and musicals took it upon himself to learn voice through private tuition.
This newly discovered knack for singing led to Adrian appearing in his first musical theatre production, My Fair Lady. From then on he was hooked on performing and appeared in a number of musicals including Chess: The Musical, Godspell, 42nd Street and Jekyll and Hyde.
Aside from performing, Adrian's other interests include bodyboarding, rock climbing and photography. Having never actually left the east coast of Australia, Adrian is looking forward to touring the world and singing with The Ten Tenors!

Craig Atkinson
Craig began his musical training as a drummer. Craig has since enjoyed playing guitar, trumpet and piano in a wide range of groups, performing anything from popular music to jazz.
Craig has performed in productions of Monteverdi's Orfeo and Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as having sung as a backing vocalist for the Brisbane leg's of the 1997 Split Enz ENZSO tour, and the 1998 Mariah Carey Butterfly tour.
Craig's music theatre experience includes having performed most of the student roles in Les MisŽrables, and Tony in West Side Story. Craig has been with The Ten Tenors since December 1998.

Craig Hendry
Craig, or "Chendry", as he is affectionately known by the others, first joined The Ten Tenors back in August 2000 as the group's keyboard player and backing programmer. But it was Chendry's vocal background that would eventually come to the fore and in January 2003, he joined the "front line" of The Ten Tenors.
When he's not on stage, Chendry enjoys reading, exercising and Smirnoff Vodka and continues his involvement in the creation of the group's orchestrations, arrangements and original material.

David Kidd
Before joining The Ten Tenors in 1998, David was a member of the dubiously authentic mariachi band, the Kundelini Brothers; a cappela group, The Clefhangers and numerous other bizarre and sometimes silly vocal groups that have slipped into the mists of historical obscurity.
An interest in children's theatre has seen David write and perform in a number of concerts and plays for small people and an interest in professional public embarrassment has involved him dressing as pirates, leprechauns, Santa, cavemen, clowns, and Elvis in places where lots of people can see him.
David enjoys wind-surfing, single malt-whiskey, going to movies and working on his novel (really) but he never knows what to write in his bio.

Dion Molinas
A graduate of the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Dion is trained in both classical (under the direction of Lorraine Smith) and contemporary voice (under the direction of Beth Allen and Raymond Connell). Dion has also trained in ballet, tap and modern dance.
Dion began his musical career playing one of the Von Trapp children in The Sound of Music. Dion has performed in productions of Dido and Aeneas , Mahler's 8th Symphony, John Rutter's Requiem, and sang the tenor solo in Haydn's Nelson Mass. Dion joined The Ten Tenors in 1997.

Drew Graham
A potential career as a professional saxophonist threw Drew together with the other members of The Ten Tenors. While studying saxophone at university, Drew saw the fun that his mates in the vocal department were having and quickly transferred to the vocal course. Shortly thereafter, in 1998, Drew became a member of The Ten Tenors and since then his saxophone has languished in its case, except for occasional cameo appearances on stage and on The Ten Tenors' recordings.
Through his passion for digital video and photography, Drew has become a self-styled multi-media biographer of the group; he is currently shooting a documentary-style film of The Ten Tenors' touring life.

Jeff Teale
After spending around thirteen years pursuing a career as a sports person, ‘Tealy’ decided to break away from his stereotyped ‘jock’ role and redirect his life in the exciting new direction of performing. Jeff found inspiration from his singing idol, Australian vocalist, John Farnham. As a teenager Jeff could often be found belting out some of John’s famous tunes at football training.
No longer content to sing along to John’s CDs, Jeff went on to teach himself the guitar and started writing his own songs. During this time he also began to develop a love for the classics and was discovered by Brisbane’s Ignatians Musical Society when he was invited to play the role of Enjolras in Les Misérables.
Jeff was born in Brisbane and spent much of his childhood on the family strawberry farm. Off stage, Jeff still loves to kick the footy, play ping-pong and hang ten at the beach.

Liam McLachlan
As one of the newest of the guys in The Ten Tenors, Liam has been very excited to join in all the fun of touring and performing! After debuting in a production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat” in his final year of high school, Liam began study and the Queensland Conservatorium of Music then went on to study a Bachelor of Music Theatre at the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music in Mackay.
When not studying or performing for a company, Liam has passed the time making a jackass of himself and others at Warner Bros. Movie World on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, and enjoys just about everything that even remotely resembles a good time.

Shannon Brown
Shannon's prodigious talent has been nurtured since the age of seven when he began singing, playing piano and studying musicology at the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music. As a choir member, he sang in the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. He also performed in the Opening of the Paralympic Games and was a featured soloist in the Pacific School Games.
An accomplished musician, with experience in drama and musical theatre, Shannon was selected in 2000 to become a graduating student in the Talent Development Project where his creative talents have been developed and enhanced.
During 2002 Shannon toured Beijing performing with the Morrison Chinese Big Band. Assisting John Morrison with musical direction helped shape and define Shannon's love for jazz.
Shannon hopes to continue singing, performing and enjoying the musical experience with The Ten Tenors and with audiences around the world.

Stewart Morris
A man with a reputation for controversy, Stewart loves making grand entrances. Most famously he welcomed guests to his 21st birthday celebrations with a powerful rendition of "Di Quella Pira" from Verdi's Il Trovatore delivered naked on horseback!
Stewart's musical career has been similarly colourful with appearances in productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Les Miserables, Angelique, Ravel's Les Enfant et les Sortiliges (in which Stewart made his operatic debut as a FRUIT BAT!), and Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld, before finally making his debut with The Ten Tenors in 2001.
Stewart loves include relaxing with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, listening to heavy metal and watching horror films. Stewart's encyclopedic knowledge of B-Grade films is legendary.

Jason Turnbull
Jason Turnbull began his career as an eight-year-old boy soprano in the school choir in Toowoomba, a wintry rural Australian town.
Extensive choral training through the Welsh Eisteddfod tradition in Australia culminated in a career that has seen Jason appear in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, The Gypsy Baron, Oklahoma, The King and I, The Fiddler on the Roof, Les MisÃrables, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, The Bartered Bride, Orfeo, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Cosi Fan Tutte. Chopper joined The Ten Tenors in 1997.
Jason enjoys rollerblading with his wife Jen and watching his fish swim.

Jason Short
Jason is a 24 year old Sagittarian who was born and bred in the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. At the age of ten, he moved to Queensland and through friends was introduced to the world of the performing arts. Since then, the passion to perform in front of the masses has taken hold, and it’s unlikely he will ever look back! From performances in Les Misérables to a televised rendition as Frankenfurta from the Rocky Horror Show, Jason has loved every minute of his performing life.
As a young lad, sport also played a significant role in Jason’s life. After some strict instruction and his first blue & white beanie and scarf from his Great Aunt Gladis, Jason will forever be an avid supporter of the AFL team, Geelong Cats. GO THE CATS!
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