Sweetheart sings

Christchurch-born singer Hayley Westenra, 23, is performing with the College Band of the RAF at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall for the Battle of Britain 7th Anniversary Tour on July 12, “furthering her status as a forces’ sweetheart,” the Lancashire Telegraph writes in a preview ahead of the show. Once the tour finishes, Westenra, who has lived in London since she was 18, will be back in the studio to record her fourth international album, with Italian composer Ennio Morricone, well-known for iconic film scores including The Mission and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. “My record company is here, although I could have based myself somewhere like New York or LA, but London suited me,” she said.


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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,…