Post by Dean McCarten on Jul 13, 2008 11:01:27 GMT
Yes I noticed that in the printed text and sent NWEmail an e-mail for any future articles they may write (can't believe I missed it in the copy and paste), but I've now treated myself to a new camera (a very nice Canon EOS 450D) for my upcoming holiday to FL,USA and Hayley's visits to Barrow & Manchester.
BARROW music lovers are in for a treat over the next seven days. On Saturday Billy Ocean is appearing at Forum 28 while international singing star artist Hayley Westenra appears next Wednesday. Both acts have sold out, with Westenra, who began performing when she was six and a mere 16 when she released her debut album, Pure, selling out before the Forum’s brochure was even printed. The 58-year-old Ocean is Britain’s biggest ever black recording star, selling 30 million records in a career spanning more than three decades. His first big hit was Love Really Hurts Without You (1976) which was number two in the UK and top ten in the US dance chart. Caribbean Queen (1984) and When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going (soundtrack for the 1985 hit film Jewel of the Nile) were huge hits both sides of the Atlantic. In October 2007, Trinidad-born Ocean embarked on his first British tour in more than 15 years. Earlier this year he toured Australia and the Far East. New Zealand-born Westenra who, at 21 is the youngest UNICEF Ambassador to date, brings her mix of classical, pop, Celtic, operatic pop to the Forum on a wave of international success. Pure, reached number one on the UK classical charts in 2003 and has sold more than two million copies worldwide. It is the fastest-selling international debut classical album to date reaching the top 10 of the pop charts in 11 countries. Her albums have sold more than four million copies worldwide to date. Her popularity and approachability have brought all kinds of opportunities, including offers to perform for royalty and assorted heads of state. At 21, she’s also UNICEF’s youngest-ever ambassador, an energetic supporter, both in awareness and financially, and is now on her second project in Ghana, Matron of the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN), and the first patron of Classic FM’s charity, Music Makers. However, filing her under “classical” only tells a fraction of the story. She says: “I know I am often referred to as a classical singer. “It’s a lazy description in this iPod world where people are listening to music because they simply enjoy it and not being led by feeling the need to be tied to a particular genre. “This makes it a good time to be making music. “As a singer I record songs I want to sing, and choose them simply because I feel a connection to them. “It’s a cliché, but I am drawn to lyrics, but I also love a great melody, hence my choice to record a lot of classically based music, its quality proven by it still be popular after centuries have passed.” The talented soprano who also plays piano and guitar adds: “So I see myself as a singer, full stop, who does perform classical music but also one that performs folk and contemporary pop. “I love performing live and I’m told that I do too many concerts each year by people thinking I will ruin my voice or health . “I find I get stronger and enjoy performing all over the world taking in cultures and local music, collecting ideas for my own songs. “I am only 21 and I know there are a lot more songs I want to sing and even more that I would love to write.” Despite her age, Westenra has already released a greatest hits album River of Dreams. is a greatest hits album and contains selections from her three best-selling Decca albums - Pure, Odyssey and Treasure - combined with three newly-recorded songs and is a statement about how far she has come while dropping hints about where she might travel next. “Originally I thought a Greatest Hits? Come on, at least give me a few more years, she admits. “But the feedback from fans was that a simple retrospective would be good for them to help convert their friends. “I also liked the idea of combining new songs with previously released material. “My voice has developed and I’m learning as I go, about getting inside songs and adding a more personal interpretation.”
Sorry I keep forgetting that most people that have never visited The Lake District before don't realize that Cumbria is *possibly* the biggest cul-de-sac in the UK with Barrow at the bottom and is mainly Wet & Cold for most of the year.
But upon saying that Hayley should expect a Very Warm & Friendly Welcome, after all Barrow Built the 1st of the New Astute Class Subs for the Royal Navy (Barrow shipyard is one of 3 locations possible to build subs in the UK)
Enjoy your trip up on the train and local weather reports that Wednesday may not be all rain, so you should get some nice views of Cumbria on the train from Lancaster.
I guess that your train on Thursday is the coastal route, you will pass my village and see the sights going up the coast passed Sellafield nuclear power station and the other towns/villages up to Carlisle
Anyway I hope we get the chance to meet before the concert Dean