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Issue:- 26 December 2014

Barbershop quartet pays harmonious tribute to Frank Sinatra

A student from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts is paying tribute to 'Ol' Blue Eyes' on a BBC1 special, to be screened in the New Year (2015). 20 year old Phil Glenny sings as part of barbershop quartet Proper Sound who are competing against other musical acts in:- 'Frank Sinatra - Our Way'. The one off primetime programme features singers from different styles and genres offering their take on Frank Sinatra classics and is due to be broadcast on Saturday, 3 January 2015.

Phil, who is in his 3rd year studying BA (Hons) Theatre and Performance Technology, performs a barbershop rendition of Come Fly with Me along with fellow singers:- Luke Freeney, Danny Gortler and Joe O'Leary. Being selected for the programme follows a successful few months for Liverpool based Proper Sound, who formed in March 2014. In November they were named the winners of the national BABS (British Association of Barbershop Singers) Youth Quartet Contest. The group perform a broad repertoire, from:- 'The Beach Boys'; to 'Bruno Mars', as well as 'Frank Sinatra'.

 'Frank Sinatra - Our Way' is presented by Alexander Armstrong and Rochelle Humes, with the winners decided by a panel of experts including singer Mica Paris, comedian Rufus Hound and Eurythmics star Dave Stewart. The programme marks Sinatra's centenary, with the acts battling it out for the chance to perform at a concert celebrating the legendary singer later in 2015.

Speaking about appearing on the programme, Phil said:- "It was a brilliant experience to be part of this show celebrating the legacy of Sinatra and seeing how people can still interpret his music in so many different ways. We're always looking to bring our music, and barbershop in general, to as wide an audience as possible so hopefully viewers will be excited by what we do. We're all looking forward to watching it at home with our families; it'll be a great way to start 2015."

Appearing on the programme may also help Phil's future in another way. He added:- "When I graduate from LIPA this summer, I'm interested in pursuing a career as a technician working in television. Being able to watch how a show like this is put together, particularly the technical aspects, has been invaluable."

Viewers can see Proper Sound on 'Frank Sinatra - Our Way', on BBC One, Saturday, 3 January 2015, at 7pm. For more information about Proper Sound visit their Facebook Page.

Crash 72 year old driver of a van

MERSEYSIDE Police have confirmed that an investigation is now underway following the death of a woman in Southport after an RTC happened on Monday, 22 December 2014. Officers and other Emergency Services were called, at about 8.50am, to the Junction of Cemetery Road and Duke Street, following a report a white Ford Transit van had been in collision with the rear of a Ford Kuga and a Jaguar S Type.? The 72 year old driver of the van was taken to hospital following the collision where she unfortunately died. The occupants of the other vehicles sustained slight injuries. The woman has been identified and his next-of-kin are in the process of being advised. The scene was cordoned off for examination by MSOC Roads Policing Investigation Unit and the vehicles removed. An investigation into the incident is now on going. Officers are still appealing for anyone who may have seen the incident call officers from the Roads Policing Unit on:- 0151 777 5747, you can also email  them or call UK Crimestoppers, anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.

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