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High note.

Byline: Will Sutton

A singer who graced the same stage as Pavarotti will be the guest of honour at a special concert this weekend.

Jack Fairman, 89, of Middlesbrough, has been singing since he was nine and has performed at the Royal Albert Hall three times.

He has been a member of Cleveland Philharmonic Choir for the past 22 years, with the choir performing for Jack on Saturday night. On the eve of Jack's 90th birthday, the choir will be singing a selection of songs he first sang as a nine-year-old.

Jack, who has recently been in hospital recovering from an illness, is making a special trip to Saturday's event at Stockton Parish Church.

He won a scholarship at Lichfield Cathedral at the age of 11 but had to return to Middlesbrough after getting congestion in both lungs.

Jack, who can sing in Latin, Italian and Spanish, went on to play double bass at Middlesbrough's Empire Theatre and the old Theatre Royal.

He said: "The highlights include singing with Pavarotti in Italy and singing Handel's Messiah in a choir of 5,000 at the Royal Albert Hall."

Jack worked for petrol company National Benzole and was married to his late wife Thelma for 64 years.

* The Cleveland Philharmonic Choir will perform at Stockton Parish Church on Saturday with the concert starting at 7.30pm and tickets costing pounds 10 for adults, pounds 8 for concessions and pounds 2 for children.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 11, 2005
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