I heard Pip singing some of her own classical crossover material at a club in London back in March - she sounds wonderful. She is equally talented at straight classical music too, as I found out at her final recital for her music degree.
If you don't have any spare change, please help by spreading the word instead. <3 I've seen Pip live many times, and I'm very lucky to be able to call the whole family friends. They are very special and VERY talented people. Pip is a singer, composer, lyricist, violinist and arranger. When I heard her for the first time in a small church in London, I had no idea who she was, but I came out thinking 'she's as good as Hayley Westenra! and all for £7.50!'
She's also a wonderful person - and very funny! She's been working so hard for many years that I feel she really deserves for this project to be a success. <3
I tend to choose my favourite artists by the emotional impact they have on me. Music can bring great comfort - it can also bring tears, which themselves can be quite therapeutic. Hayley was the first singer to have that effect on me, but two others stir my heart just as much. These are Phillippa Lusty and Mary-Jess.
I sometimes listen to 'Please Stay' (written, arranged and performed by Phillippa) over and again until the tears run dry.
Similarly, Mary-Jess singing 'Lighthouse of Mine' or 'Don't Cry Alone' can have me sobbing as much as Hayley's 'Thousand Winds'.
So why am I talking about Mary-Jess in the Phillippa Lusty thread? Well, the exciting news is that Phillippa is organising a concert in London on 17th April, featuring Mary-Jess as guest artist.
Kessenya is a vocal and instrumental group directed by Phillippa, whilst Bella Sorella is a duo comprising Pip and her sister Isabelle.
If you have ever heard either Phillippa or Mary-Jess live, you will know why I am so excited. If not, and you are within reach of London, this is the perfect opportunity to find out. The Battersea Barge is a few minutes walk from Vauxhall mainline and tube stations. It is an intimate venue with limited capacity, so book your tickets early.
Would love to be there. But where it is is a problem for me. Cannot realistically drive there and get back the same day. That means I will need complicated arrangements to look after my dog and cat. It it were outside the congestion charge zone, like the Union Chapel or your church John, it might be possible. But I can't risk being stuck in London overnight, especially as I will probably need to be at work the next day. Pity!
I'm going, and it's a long drive for me too. I'm booking leave for the Thursday and Friday just to make sure I can go. Really, really don't want to miss it! I hope to see some friends there too (you guys! come on!) <3