Post by aspiringsoprano on Feb 26, 2006 1:11:53 GMT
Just wanted to say thank you for all your love and support, I really appreciate it Thank you Gerrit for putting up the Wales V Scotland video even though you only see me for about 5 seconds lol. I had a great time singing the Welsh Anthem and will be singing again at the Wales v France in March.
Let me also salute your decision to keep your old name, even though you have improved immeasurably and accomplished many great things since I first heard you in 2002, it is a mark of your absence of pride and hubris that you still term yourself an "aspiring soprano:"
Lots of love, Steven
Last Edit: Feb 26, 2006 13:03:37 GMT by fusilier23
Post by stevemacdonald on Feb 26, 2006 6:44:42 GMT
Don't know if you remember me from the old days at CCFans but I have always been one of your most enthusiastic supporters. I had the pleasure of hearing your BBC radio live songs from Neath for the first time last week. I've been over the moon ever since! Great, great stuff!
That is a pleasant surprise to see you post here! I hope you'll post more often. And even though you were only in view for a few seconds, I was thoroughly impressed with your rendition of the Welsh anthem.
Now when you say that you will be performing again at the game against France, I take it you mean the U21 game?
A further update: Holly will be performing the Welsh anthem solo at the Millennium stadium this Saturday. That indicates that Katherine won't be available to sing it, and that Holly is taking her place.
Thank you for the tip off GerritK.re: Holly on Friday and Saturday. It will be my first introduction to Holly.
I recall Roger talking to me about the experience of 'being there' when Hayley sung that impropmtu duet with Holly in the theatre foyer and then Hayley brought Holly up on stage with her from the audience . Great Hayley!
Her eyes were the blue of cornflowers that dance amongst ripening wheat, Her hair the colour of golden sands bleached by summer's heat.
Holly steps in for anthem challenge Mar 15 2006 Molly Watson, Western Mail
RISING Welsh singer Holly Holyoake will lead the nation in singing the national anthem when Wales play France on Saturday.
In doing so the 18-year-old, who last year topped a Western Mail poll of Wales' sexiest women, will follow in the footsteps of stars like Charlotte Church and Katherine Jenkins.
Holly, who won a gold medal in the world championships of performing arts in Hollywood, was asked to stand in for Jenkins, who had to cancel at the last minute.
She said, "It's mad. I found out yesterday when I was at work. My Mum sent me a text message saying that Rupert Moon had asked me to sing. It's so exciting, I was like, 'Oh my God'."
But Holly is well practised for the role, having already spent the season singing at the Under-21 Six Nations games. She said she's not scared of performing in front of such a big crowd, and is proud to be singing for Wales.
"The Under-21 games have gone really well and there's always been a nice big crowd, but nothing like there will be on Saturday. I'm really looking forward to it. I'm quite honoured to be asked. I never thought I would get the chance, at least not for a few years.
"My Mum and Dad are very proud. Mum said she nearly started crying when she found out."
With only two days to go before the game, Holly said she'll spend the time studying the words to the anthem and trying to keep control of her nerves.
She said, "It does make me a bit nervous to be singing for the last home match of the championship but I think the nerves can be a good thing.
"I think the anthem great. It gets everybody going, and especially at a match with everyone singing, accompanied by a crowd of thousands."
I found the following on This Is Gwent (http://www.thisisgwent.co.uk/)
Holly to sing before rugby clash
SHE has the voice of an angel, recorded her first album at 15 and wowed them in Hollywood - but Holly Holyoake is facing one of her biggest gigs yet tomorrow.
Eighteen-year-old Holly, of Duffryn, Newport, will sing the national anthem before Wales play France at the Millennium Stadium.
After successfully performing in front of the crowds at the Wales under-21 matches in Newport this season, the soprano was asked to stand in for Katherine Jenkins who was originally due to sing before the final Six Nations clash.
Holly's extraordinary talent has won recognition in the United States as well as this country.
She was the only British entrant in the World Championships of Performing Arts in Hollywood last year and walked away with gold in the open category and bronze in the opera and broadway musical categories.
A video of her singing I Vow to Thee My Country, which impressed the judges in America, was shown on Classic FM TV.
I'v just found out why Katherine can't perform the anthem today. She has another engagement. She is on the judges panel for the Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year Competition. Recording sessions take place this afternoon in Manchester.
So Katherine had to cancel her engagement, and the rugby people had to find a replacement at very short notice. And if you ask me, Holly will be a more than adequate replacement. This might even be a very good break for Holly!