Simon sings Sinatra

Standish singer Simon William, 23
Standish singer Simon William, 23

A WIGAN singing sensation hopes to take another step towards international stardom by hosting an evening of music.

Simon William, 23, from Standish, will present songs by the chairman Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Take That and many other artists at the Theatre Royal in St Helens in November.

He sold out his DW Stadium appearance last year, but has stepped up his ambition for this year’s show by taking it to the 700-capacity Theatre Royal.

Simon, who has previously opened for The Drifters and played venues including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, said: “If you love the artists whose songs I cover then hopefully you will love this show.

“It would be nice if people came out for it to support the little guys in the music business. Everyone seems to support the big acts but they’re already getting so much media coverage.”

The show will feature live musicians to replace the backing tracks Simon used for his concert last year, with the band being put together by Simon’s friend Scott Simpson and featuring musicians from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

The concert will also feature a spectacular light show and Simon hopes it will look as professional as possible.

He said: “The show is an independent production which I’m putting together myself, but I want it to be a big extravaganza and as much like a show at the MEN Arena or the Echo Arena as I can.

“If it was up to me I’d love to be able to just turn up at the venue and concentrate on singing, but learning all aspects of the trade is a good thing as it makes you appreciate the highs a lot better.

“I want people to watch and be proud of the local talent coming through.”

Simon, who lives with his parents on Boar’s Head Avenue, developed his love of singing early through watching performances on TV even though his family has no musical background, his mum Mary working at Hawkley Hall High School’s inclusions department helping children with learning difficulties and his dad Bill working for Manchester City Council.

Simon began singing in local rock bands as a teenager before going solo and was evenutally spotted by Take That’s former manager Nigel Martin-Smith.

Tickets for the show at the Theatre Royal on November 18 are £15 for adults and £14 for concessions, and can be bought from the theatre’s box office on 01744 756000.