Brothers bring classical stuff to a younger crowd

FAMILY AFFAIR Richard and Adam Johnson who are to perform  at Viva Blackpool next month
FAMILY AFFAIR Richard and Adam Johnson who are to perform at Viva Blackpool next month
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For Richard and Adam
Johnson, their work is truly a family affair.

The brothers, who rose to prominence after finishing third in last year’s incarnation of TV talent show Britain’s Got Talent, are due to perform at Blackpool’s Viva next month.

And it was in the resort that they began their singing career - with mum, dad, nan and brother in tow.

“The first gig we ever had was singing in a hotel on Blackpool front,” recalls Richard, 23.

“It was about four years ago and I was a nervous wreck at the time.”

So nervous was Richard that he can’t remember the name of the hotel where the performance took place - but now he and Adam have brought their unique brand of classical singing to a wider and more contemporary audience - having been on the bill supporting Madness at the summer’s Illuminations Switch-On.

So how did it all begin for the siblings from Holywell, North Wales?

“It’s a weird thing really,” Richard explains.

“Adam took music at school but didn’t play an instrument, so they got him singing.

“It’s natural really that I followed suit.”

Working in the sandwich shop and coffee house run by their parents, the pair would often unwittingly showcase their talents in front of fellow staff members.

Richard added: “Some people caught me in the act, but they didn’t seem to mind.”

From there, the pair eventually worked the cruise scene in destinations as diverse as the Mediterranean, the Caribbean and Norway - before getting their big break on Britain’s Got Talent.

And with their newly found fame they hope to bring the world of classical singing to a new and younger audience.

Richard said: “It’s just a style of music we love and we’re just hoping to it to a bit of a younger crowd.

“We’ve been quite surprised by a lot of young people saying they love what we do.”

Richard and Adam play Viva on Sunday February 9, with tickets from £19.90.