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Look who's Talking........ Jem from Tenors Unlimited

Posted on February 20th 2017 by


Tenors Un Limited, the internationally acclaimed operatic trio perform at the Exmouth Pavilion with the Exmouth College Community Choir on Saturday 4th March. We caught up with Jem Sharples from the group.


Who was your hero when you were younger?

I had many. As a small boy James Bond would have to be up there, particularly the way Roger Moore tackled Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me. As I got a little older Kevin Keegan was a great and Elvis Presley was captivating…….Pavarotti’s voice made me want to sing…..I could go on.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Being happily married and having three fantastic children is up top, but in my professional career being able to do something I love for so long is a great achievement. Tenors Un Limited has been my life for well over 10 years and in this profession that is unusual.

What was the last picture you took on your mobile phone?

A screenshot of my elder son skiing with his school…….lucky boy.(something I never did)

What four people, dead or alive, would you love to have a dinner party with?

Barack Obama, Ben Fogle, Winston Churchill and Jesus…….I assume their partners would be with them!

What would you be doing if you weren’t in the entertainment business?

A sports teacher or living in a log cabin in Canada.

What’s your greatest childhood memory?

Always having my four brothers to play with. I was very lucky and we are all still great friends.

What’s your favourite song to perform?

Nessun Dorma because it is the reason for the group. That song changed the public perception of classical music after the World Cup in 1990.

Who takes the longest to get ready in the dressing rooms?

I am certainly the slowest to leave at the end of a show but I would say Scott, as he always leaves it very late to change…naughty boy.

What do you get up to when you’re not on stage?

Scott, Paul and Graeme, our pianist are like family and as a result we carry on as such. Being together for as long as we have allows for a lot of freedom (with the chat not the singing) on stage, which cannot be scripted. This freedom keeps the shows unique, fresh and is my favourite part alongside singing together of course. I like hanging out with the family, cooking for friends and as much sport as I can.

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