Joseph Patrick Longthorne MBE (born 31 May 1955, Hull) is an English singer of Romani ethnicity, who has performed in several Royal Variety Performances.
Longthorne was born into a show business family; his parents were both travelling show people. When he was six, he came first in a talent show and his prize was a toy motor car. At fourteen he landed a part in Yorkshire Television's series Junior Showtime, and remained with the show for over two years. He then turned professional and earned a living in Northern working men's clubs. It was through the London Weekend Television series Search For a Star in 1981 that Longthorne was first launched onto the British televiewing public as a singer and impressionist, and his success on the show led to appearances at the London Palladium and a month long season at London's Talk of the Town.
The following year Longthorne received the Variety Club's award for most promising artiste. In 1985 he was invited to headline a season at the Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, Illinois. He made a further breakthrough on British television in 1987, starring in Live From The Palladium and Des O'Connor Tonight. Longthorne also released three platinum albums for Telstar, The Joe Longthorne Songbook, Especially For You and The Joe Longthorne Christmas Album. It was around the time of his appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in 1989, that he was diagnosed with lymphoma.
After responding to treatment, Longthorne embarked on a tour of Australia. and appeared on The Mike Walsh Show. Longthorne continued performing into the early 1990s with sell-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall, the Sydney Opera House and the London Palladium. His music videos Live In Concert and A Man and His Music were steady sellers in the 1990s, but financial problems from past mismanagement that led him to bankruptcy in the later part of the decade.
His illness degenerated into leukaemia, and he underwent a bone marrow transplant. In 2006, Longthorne performed again at the London Palladium, and in 2007 the Variety Club awarded him their Lifetime Achievement Award, which placed him amongst past recipients such as Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Wayne Dobson, Freddie "Parrot Faced" Davies and Gary Wilmot.
In August 2009, Longthorne appeared in a tribute show to Don Black, at the London Palladium.
He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to charity.
He currently lives in his adopted hometown of Blackpool...
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A musician of international fame, Stefano Mhanna was born in Rome on the 11th of July 1995. Winner of 5 national competitions and two international competitions, he started attending the Saint Cecilia Conservatory in Rome when he was seven years old and he graduated in violin on the 10th July 2007 with full marks and special mentions.
There are no other cases in the long history of the celebrated Roman Conservatories that a student so young managed to complete his studies in such a short time with such high marks. In 2012, he graduated in viola, piano and organ and organistic composition performing in concert also with these instruments.
He holds a post-diploma tirocionio didattico biennale always at Saint Cecilia Conservatory in Rome, it numbers amongst the various prizes and the prize of the Via Vittoria of Rome, and the Rotary prize for the strings section. At only ten years old he had great success for the performance of Tchaikovskys Concerto in D Major opus 35, with the orchestra of the conservatory of Saint Cecilia of Rome, Directed by Maestro Ernesto Gordini; for this he gained important recognition from the SIAE.He appears and plays in various TV shows and news programs on the RAI network (Uno Mattina / In Famiglia / Ieri, Oggi e Domani / Telegiornali di Rai 1, 2 e 3, ecc.), Mediaset (Maurizio Costanzo), and other private TV networks.
He has been spoken about in various dailies and also in specialist newspapers such as Viva Verdi and Suonare news. He collaborates as a soloist with several orchestras within Italy and also abroad, for example The philharmonic orchestras of Turin, the philharmonic orchestras of Bacau conducted by Ovidiu Balan, the Great Orchestra “Rachmaninov” conducted by Nicolai Rogotnev, the Orchestra Filarmonia Veneta, the Kiev chamber orchestra etc...
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An Upright Erard with a history behind Franz Liszt.
Erard Upright piano serial number 14388 was sold on the 23rd April of 1839 to Madame Rosario de Los Hierros, student of Franz Liszt. Upright piano being made of Mahogany with bands of Citrus wood inlaid rare model of early Erard Uprights being what they called Tulip Leg Model. This is the first of this model I have come by...
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