Song for consolation

Christchurch-born singer Hayley Westenra, 23, performed Taiwan on November 1 as part of her 21 Asian tour. Westenra, sang Amazing Grace at a press conference in Taipei as a prayer for victims of Typhoon Megi, which thrashed Taiwan, leaving 13 people dead and 25 others unaccounted for. She said her heart went out to the storm victims in Taiwan, and as a singer, she would like to bring warmth and consolation to those who have suffered, through her voice and songs. A soprano, songwriter and UNICEF Ambassador, Westenra won Taiwan audiences’ hearts last year when she sang The Moon Represents My Heart in Mandarin with Taiwanese pop singer Shin at the opening of the Kaohsiung World Games. She also staged a concert in Shanghai on October 3.


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Jane Campion’s The Piano No 1 on BBC Poll

Jane Campion’s The Piano No 1 on BBC Poll

New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion’s stunning 1993 classic, The Piano has topped BBC Culture’s poll of 368 critics in 84 countries. The broadcaster’s Hannah Woodhead reveals why it’s a worthy winner. “In 1993,…