There was an article about Llandudno's concert in yesterday's The Daily Post.
I'm a big fan of Wales 10 October 2008 (C) Daily Post (North Wales)
Hayley Westenra is looking forward to returning to North Wales and getting a breath of fresh air. The New Zealand born soprano, who first shot to fame as a 16-year-old, is making her fifth trip to the region next month.
Past visits to North Wales have seen her performing alongside Bryn Terfel and Jose Carreras but this time Hayley, now 21, is going solo with her River of Dreams tour date in Llandudno.
She's got happy memories of her previous visits to the resort. "It's beautiful, very quaint. I'm looking forward to filling my lungs with the fresh sea air," she said.
"Wales has embraced me as one of their own. One of my first big UK appearances was at the Faenol festival and that helped launch me in the UK. I sell more albums in Wales, as opposed to England and Scotland, so I'm a big fan of Wales."
Hayley's first recording was a version of Aled Jones' Walking in the Air, aged 12. Four years later she released her debut album Pure, which reached No 1 in the classical charts and eight in the mainstream charts.
It's a phenomenal success story, with which Westenra is only just coming to terms. "You just expect things to work out and, looking back, I now see what an amazing achievement that was - at the time I just expected everything to fall into place," she said.
Since then she has released three more albums, moved to London and become the biggest selling classical artist this century. However, the down-to-earth singer refuses to allow the pressure to affect her.
She explained: "I don't really think about those things. I have quite an optimistic outlook on life and I try not to let any pressure drive me down or stress me out."
However, she admits to being incredibly nervous when asked to perform in front of the Queen, George Bush and Tony Blair. She joked: "I can't explain it, they're hardly music critics. I was really nervous, but performing in front of millions in a sports stadium is a breeze."
Hayley is also using her success to draw attention to her charity work as a Unicef ambassador, encouraging fans to donate to projects. She's just returned from Africa, where she was publicising her Bikes for Ghana campaign, and it's a responsibility she take seriously.
"It's just really nice to feel like I'm giving something back. I'm living such a privileged life. I'm never going to be able to help the whole world but just helping a few people and changing their lives is a pretty amazing thing." she said.