A Burnley opera singer has enlisted the help of two old friends to perform a track he has written for rugby’s Challenge Cup final on Saturday.
Bass player Roger Hindle and guitarist John Grogan were both approached by opera singer Sean Ruane to perform the piece he has written for the Wembley match between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos.
Former St Theodore’s pupil Sean was commissioned by Rugby League Cares to write a ten-minute piece for the final, which he will perform live in front of 80,000 people.
Sean says he was inspired after hearing a cover version of the Skids’ “Into the Valley” by Rossendale retro punk band Riflemen of War at The Trackside Bar in Bury.
He said: “When I was commissioned to write the piece I didn’t have any ideas, but after I heard bass player Roger Hindle from Rifleman of War play one of my favourite songs I knew that was the sound I wanted. I knew he could master the tune so I approached him to play on the track.
“I knew John Grogan’s guitar skills as I’ve known him for 30 years so I asked him to take part as well.”
The pair joined Sean to record the track, which was produced by Phil Bullyment at the Edwin Street studios in Bury.
Sean has worked with some of the best musical talent in the world, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the band of the Coldstream Guards and the US Navy Ceremonial Band.
As creative director of CHANT Productions, he has performed at the Ashes for the past four series. He has also sung to open English football international matches, the Irish Rugby Six Nations internationals and at Teenage Cancer Trust concerts.
Sean will be joined on stage at Wembley by a 150-strong choir, established by CHANT to encourage young people from schools and youth groups into singing.