Local girl is in the swing

Irresistible are playing a Christmas concert at The Sage Gateshead with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. l-r Natalie Wood, Jayne Welch, Glenn Miller conductor Ray McVay and Courtney Wallis.
Irresistible are playing a Christmas concert at The Sage Gateshead with The Glenn Miller Orchestra. l-r Natalie Wood, Jayne Welch, Glenn Miller conductor Ray McVay and Courtney Wallis.
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A TOWN girl is getting ready to enjoy some Christmas spirit after her band was invited to tour with a world-famous orchestra.

Irresistible, who first found fame on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, have been invited to join The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Sage Gateshead.

The singers will perform alongside the orchestra as part of their In The Christmas Mood tour, on Sunday, December 16.

Member Courtney Wallis, 20, from Wynyard, said: “We’re heading off on the autumn tour with them on Thursday and we’re going to play at the Madrid Concert Hall – which is one of the biggest venues in the world – the Barcelona Opera House and in Malaga too.

“We’re joining the orchestra on the last leg of their Christmas tour in January, in places like Gibraltar and Malaga, but with The Sage being local to us, they asked us to join them there too.

“To keep getting asked back to play with these amazing musicians is just fantastic because it shows us that we’re definitely doing something right.”

The group also stars Jayne Welch, 27, from Hebburn and Natalie Wood, 25, of Newcastle .

Courtney, who works in promotions, added: “We’re starting to build up a real rapport with the guys and we have so much fun performing with them.

“The group isn’t our full-time job any more and we all have day jobs, but I think that makes it more fun.

“Since our contract ended with Simon Cowell’s label, Syco, we’ve been able to manage our own career and not doing it full time means it doesn’t feel like a job any more.

“Instead now, we’re doing it for the love of it, not because we’re depending on it.”

She added: “This tour is going to be something different, because for the first time, the orchestra has introduced a string section.

“I’ve heard it sounds amazing so we can’t wait to get up on stage with them.

“We’re all so excited to play at The Sage. Between us we’ve sold about 50 tickets to our friends and family members so there will be lots of people there to cheer us on.

“We don’t play many gigs locally so it can be hard for people to come along and see us, so this is going to be the perfect opportunity to get everyone together and get them all in the Christmas spirit.

“We’re so excited for it and it’s an honour to be asked along.”

Tickets for the Sage Gateshead show cost from £21. To book, go to thesagegateshead.org or call the box office on (0191) 443 4661.