Pure class

Promoting her international debut release on Decca, (the world’s largest classical label) prodigious Christchurch singing talent 16-yr old Hayley Westenra continues to charm. The album mixes Westenra’s sonorous voice with classical crossover pieces, choral, pop and Maori songs, and is co-produced by legendary Beatles’ producer George Martin. Brisbane’s Sunday Mail: “she has been blessed with a most beautiful pure soprano voice.” Following a tour of Australia, Westenra tours South-East Asia, before singing with Bryn Terfel and Jose Carreras in Wales at the Faenol Festival. Malaysia’s The Star: “Forget Avril Lavigne. Forget Charlotte Church. The latest teenage siren on the block is Hayley Westenra, who sings songs by classical music greats rather than self-penned, whimsical confessionals, and projects a voice that rivals Andrea Bocelli.”

 


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Reappraising Unjustly Neglected James Courage

Reappraising Unjustly Neglected James Courage

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