FATHER and son Graham and Richard Kay have appeared in many concerts and theatre productions separately in York but now they are embarking on their first concert venture together.

On Sunday night, they present Like Father… Like Son, An Evening of Song with Graham and Richard Kay at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre in aid of York Against Cancer.

Graham is a stalwart of the York Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, now known as the York Musical Theatre Company, and has performed extensively as a soloist.

He is perhaps best known for his performances with John Warburton and his appearances over 20 years of Music Night concerts at the Rowntree Theatre.

Richard appeared in four of Berwick Kaler’s Theatre Royal pantomimes as well as other productions around York.

His acting has taken him further afield to work with Kenneth Alan Taylor, Tom Conti and Tim Pigott-Smith to drop but a few names, and he has used his singing skills in most of his theatre roles.

He has now established himself as a soloist in York, performing at Remembrance concerts and Music Night events and supporting York soprano Rebecca Newman on her latest tour.

Graham and Richard have performed in musicals and pantomimes at York Theatre Royal, the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage and Nottingham Playhouse, and both sing with the York Philharmonic Male Voice Choir.

“But it only occurred to us a couple of years ago that it may be nice for just the two of us to sing together,” says Richard. “The last time we performed a duet was as long ago as 1990 in Oliver! when my father played Fagin to my Oliver.

“So we’re looking forward to sharing some of our favourite songs and even introducing a couple of new ones in our first ever full concert, which we’ve arranged with the hope of supporting York Against Cancer.”

Graham and Richard will be accompanied by Malcolm Maddock at Sunday’s 7.30pm concert. Tickets for Like Father…Like Son cost £8 on 01904 623568 or online at yorktheatreroyal.co.uk