Tams To Unveil New Charity Single

2 December 2009

John Tams

John Tams in performance. Image courtesy of Martin Snodin.

I will be talking about my career to date and about my influences and passions...

John Tams

Award-winning musician and actor John Tams will give a sneak preview of his new charity single being launched nationally this Christmas, during his forthcoming University of Derby appearance.

An Evening With John Tams takes place at the University's Kedleston Road site on Friday, December 11 at 7pm where John will give a preview of the new single and talk about his career to date.

The evening will be set up in conversation with University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Coyne, and John Tams, a former journalist, says that he may also end up asking Professor Coyne some of his own questions!

John Tams is six times winner of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. He has been Associate Director at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, and has worked as musical director, producer, actor and musician at the National Theatre for over 30 years alongside such household names as Paul Schofield, Albert Finney, and Sir Robert Stephens.

Next week's public event builds on his existing links with the University of Derby - John Tams was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters from the University in January at our annual Awards Ceremonies.

He said: "The event next week will be rich in spontaneity; in that we know the beginning and we know the end, but we hope the conversation will lead us on an intriguing journey which will keep everyone entertained.

"I will be talking about my career to date and about my influences and passions, and in conversation with John, I want to explore aspects of the University of particular interest to me, such as its future plans and vision for Derby Theatre.

"I am thoroughly looking forward to the occasion. I already have fond memories of receiving an honorary degree from the University earlier this year - it made me feel so proud to be recognised formally in my own county for what I have done."

The 60-year-old, from Nether Heage, has been described by Mojo magazine as 'one of the ultimate British songwriters', yet John has had a career spanning four decades in every performance medium.

Probably best known for his work as Rifleman Daniel Hagman alongside Sean Bean in Sharpe, for which he was also script associate. He has worked as an actor and musical director on numerous productions at the The Old Vic and RSC. He was nominated in 2008 for an Olivier award for his work on the National Theatre production of Warhorse.

John has been musical director and composer for a number of productions in some of the most prestigious theatres in the country including The Globe Theatre where he was music consultant on Holding Fire!, part of the Renaissance and Revolution season.

TV and film credits have ranged from such diverse dramas as Sons and Lovers to Heartbeat. John worked as Executive Music Director on the critically acclaimed 2006 Radio Ballads for BBC Radio 2 which won two Sony Radio Academy awards and was nominated for a Clarion award.

He has made over 90 albums as a singer, musician and producer continuing to tour festivals and concerts throughout the UK and Europe.


Places for next week's event are £5 per person, including refreshments. Book online at www.derby.ac.uk/tams or in person (cash or cheque) from the Marketing Department, Kedleston Road between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

Please make cheques payable to the University of Derby and send to Anne Wake, Marketing, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, DE22 1GB. For more details contact Anne on: 01332 591187 or a.wake@derby.ac.uk.

For more information about this news release, contact Deputy Head of Corporate Relations Simon Redfern on 01332 591942 or 07748 920038.

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