As you know, Hayley attended on 6 December 2010 a memorial service at York Minster in honour of the fallen soldiers from the Catterick-based 4th Mechanized Brigade, which has just returned from Afghanistan. Hayley was invited to perform Ave Maria.
Here are some images of the event. I apologise for the blurriness - they are screen caps of a low res video.
Thanks Jillian for the news and pics...great to see Hayley doing this for them. best wishes Sing
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I suppose it's a double edged sword. I imagine that Hayley's humility and modesty is part of why she is invited to sing at events like this. Hayley allows the focus to remain on the troops and the cause rather than trying to divert it to herself.
On the otherhand, I guess the same humility and modesty means that in other settings others with force their way into the limelight ahead of Hayley.
In a situation like this, I'm proud that Hayley wishes to support the cause and will slip in and out quietly without seeing the need to create a fuss.
Yet, in more 'show biz' settings, more media attention would be fantastic. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how things go with the new album and new management.
They mention Russell but not Hayley. Both have similar record sales, and Hayley has the best selling classical album of the century.
What has she done wrong? Martin D
Hi Martin D,
It's because Russell is more well known in the UK than Hayley, and they don't have similar record sales, Russell has sold at least double Hayley's and probably three times her UK sales.
Yes Hayley has the biggest 'classical' seller of the 21st century so far (Pure + the special edition of Pure) but close behind, Russell has the 2nd and 3rd biggest sellers, and several others ahead of Hayley's other albums. Much as I'd love to say otherwise, he's definitely the bigger name, in the UK. Note my use of 'bigger' instead of 'better'.
And when you search for "Memorial service 4th mechanized brigade" the first result that comes up is for this very thread! It is a bit frustrating to see that nearly all the articles just say that Russell Watson sang, and don't mention Hayley. Okay, I get that he's the more well-known one, but did they not hear the gorgeous voice that came out of her or what?