Beautiful video, thanks Richard. I've a lot of time for Rebecca as I'm sure you know. One of the few singers around who can cover a song that has been recorded by Hayley and not make me cringe. She even did "I'm Kissing You" almost as a carbon copy of Hayley's version and I love it.
A: My husband proposed to me on a clifftop in Devon where I grew up, overlooking Exmouth beach. It was late afternoon and the sun was starting to set, so it was low in the sky and quite hazy. He read me the poem 'How Do I Love Thee' and it was wonderful. He knew I liked that spot so he took me there. He was so nervous I had a feeling he was thinking of popping the question! Otherwise, I have lots of favourite spots including a tree house restaurant in Thailand and overlooking The Grand Canal in Venice, where I shot my music videos.
Q: What was the name of your teddy bear?
A: I never really had teddy bears, but I had a giant Snoopy teddy, which was about the same size as me when I was about 18 months old. So it was probably a normal size, but it seemed giant to me at the time! I also had a lifesize doll call Louisa at around the same age.
Q: What was the last thing you lost?
A: I think it was a book covered with cream fabric that my mum had made for me for my wedding bookings. It was supposed to hold my words inside and I left it on a train.
Q: What was the last thing you broke?
A: My car. I got a puncture in one of the tyres recently.
Q: Do you have a nickname and what is it?
A: I have several: Bex or Becca is what my friends call me. Rebexi is what my husband calls me and Becky is what people call me when they haven't asked if I mind having my name shortened.. and I can't stand being called Becky! For some time I've had a nickname, or tagline, of The People's Soprano, which has inspired me to organise projects to involve ordinary people in my music. I also found out that I had been called The Voice of York, because I spent so many years singing in York city centre while at university. I only found that out recently from a local trader who keeps getting asked about me by people who don't know my name but remembered my singing.
Q: What was the last book you read?
A: I read the Hunger Games Trilogy and thought it was fantastic. I also read Gone Girl.
Q: What was the last film you watched?
A: The last film was The Best Marigold Hotel, because I missed it in the cinema and want to see the new one. I'm keen on my TV dramas like The Good Wife and The Mentalist.
Q: When was the last time your cried?
A: I cry all the time, I'm such a softy. The last time was this morning when I said something in a funny voice to my husband and it reminded me of my niece, Caris, who I haven't seen for some time and I really missed her. I just welled up a bit so I don't know if that counts.
Q: On your twitter background picture whom would you have your picture taken with to use there?
A: I have a lovely photo taken of me on stage with Russell Watson, where he is holding up my hand like I've just won a competition. We've both got big smiles on our faces and enjoying the applause after we sang our duet together. That really is a dream photo for me, but if I could choose anyone else in the world to have a photo taken with for it I would choose Kate Adie. I read her autobiography a few years ago and thought she was an amazing woman.
Q: Who is the most famous person to Tweet you? And to follow you on Twitter?
A: Well Russell follows me now of course, but apart from him the most famous person to tweet me is Jessie J, who thanked me for a comment I'd made about her performance on TV and suddenly I had hundreds of notifications saying other people had retweeted, favourited or replied. It was amazing to see what a big following she has.. Alfie Boe follows me now and he also tweeted about me saying "Check out @rebeccanewmanuk. She's a star" and tweeted that he had my album and his favourite track is Casta Diva. I've also had tweets from Paul Potts, Noah Stewart, Jai McDowell, Jonathan Antoine & Charlotte Jaconelli, G4, Laura Wright, Blake and Katherine Jenkins sent me a direct message. It's a bizarre world I've found myself in, sometimes I have to pinch myself!
Went over to Bath last Thursday evening to see Rebecca. She was taking part in a charity concert in St John the Baptist church, Bathwick. Also appearing were the Bath Chorus, an excellent choir who I seem to remember supported Hayley at a Christmas concert she did in Bath a few years ago. I recognised some of the faces that appeared on the videos I made of Hayley's performances. As well as getting to chat to Rebecca during the interval, I also met her husband Jay, and her lovely little labrador puppy Samson, who were hanging around outside the church before the concert. She told us a bit about her nationwide tour with Russell Watson, 53 concerts I think she said. I have tickets for one of the two that are in Leicester. She told me that on the tour, she only gets to sing two songs and a duet with Russell, and it was nice to be able to sing a lot more than that at Bath. All in all, a very enjoyable evening, and I can tell you that just as Hayley does, Rebecca sounds much better live than on record.
I agree with you. Rebecca was excellent in Kingston back in November and I really want to see her again, but I couldn't sit through a whole concert with Russell Watson just for three songs. She is hoping to tour in her own right later this year, so keep an eye on her website:
Rebecca is doing her own headline show at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on 16th July. This is a proper show with backing musicians and support artists. If it goes well, Rebecca will be encouraged to try a full tour of her own, so if you would like her to do that, please consider going to this one. Tickets are available from The Lichfield Garrick