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Midlands record label seeing success is America

by Callum Watkinson

David Cameron has been in India this week promoting British trade abroad. For Barry Tomes from Birmingham, selling British brands on foreign markets is both possible and necessary.

Barry Tomes, CEO of Tomes PR, in his recording studio
Barry Tomes, CEO of Tomes PR, in his recording studio Credit: ITV News Central

He's been discovering, managing and promoting Midlands bands for forty years. Having recently opened an office in Los Angeles he believes he has cracked the US market and that he's done so by selling Britishness.

"When it comes to the music industry being English in America is hugely marketable. When I reminded executives there of the talent that has come out of Birmingham over the years - that was an important part of getting them interested."

Geoff Hornsby of Birmingham band Super 6
Geoff Hornsby of Birmingham band Super 6 Credit: ITV News Central

He has high hopes for latest signing Super 6, whose first single 'Sleepwalking' has just been released. They will launch their album at a party at LA's legendary Viper Rooms in August and follow up with a US tour.

Jimmy Osmond on the Midlands: 'It's great to be back'

Jimmy Osmond has been telling ITV News Central how his two brothers came to guest-star alongside him in Boogie Nights which is currently touring the Midlands.

Jay and Merrill Osmond are set to guest-star in the musical with Jimmy and other stars such as Gareth Gates and X-Factor's Chico.

Boogie Nights is an award winning 70s musical which has been running since 1997 with Jimmy first appearing in 2004. The Osmonds are set to perform their own hits including Crazy Horses and Love Me For A Reason.

The musical comes just months after the Osmonds 2012 tour:

“I’m thrilled to once again be a part of the amazing energy of this great show. My brothers, Merrill and Jay and I had so much fun on our 2012 record-breaking tour, I’m excited they have agreed to join in on the fun and continue the party!" - Jimmy Osmond

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The Osmonds perform in the Midlands

The Osmonds are coming to the Midlands as part of the hit musical Boogie Nights.

They have been in the music business for five decades, Jay and Merrill will be guest starring alongside Jimmy Osmond in the 70s musical.

The band have recorded over 200 albums, selling over 100 million copies with 59 gold and platinum recordings.

The tour will come to Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Stoke, Nottingham, Leicester, Peterborough and Northampton.

For more information on dates and tickets see the Boogie Nights website.

'Opera in a helicopter' to premiere tonight

Helicopter opera
Tonight Birmingham hosts an operatic first Credit: ITV Central

Tonight Birmingham is hosting a world operatic first, as a string quartet takes to the skies to perform in helicopters.

As part of the London 2012 Festival the Birmingham Opera Company are performing Mittwoch aus Licht by Karlheinz Stockhausen.

It's the first time the six hour long opera, which has a 150 strong cast, has been performed in its entirety.

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Mr Hudson to give music masterclass

A group of lucky students from Birmingham will receive a music masterclass from one of the most promising artists in the industry.

Mr Hudson has worked with the likes of Kanye West, Jay Z and Dizzee Rascal.

The 30-year-old will offer his expertise to the next generation of chartoppers, as he opens the "rock room" at his old school, King Edwards in Edgbaston.

Hudson will show the budding muscians how to produce a song, as well as giving them a chance to perform their music.

Hannah Proops, Assistant Director of Drama who organised the visit said:

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the boys to get advice from someone who is so prominent in the music industry, and I'm sure it will be a day they'll remember!"

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