HAYLEY WESTENRA - WINTER MAGIC
The Christmas Cathedral Tour, November 2009
Hayley Westenra is a New
Zealand-born soprano who has taken the world by storm with her
accessible yet challenging delivery of a huge range of repertoire,
from classical favourites to folk song and pop.
This November sees the release of
Hayley's new Christmas album, Winter Magic, coinciding with a
much-anticipated UK Cathedral Tour.
She was 16 when in 2003 she released
her double-platinum selling debut international CD, Pure. It rapidly
became the fastest-selling debut album from a classical artist, and
reached the Top 10 of the pop charts in 11 countries. Her albums
have sold more than four million copies worldwide to date. “Pure”
was certified by the official UK chart compilers as the best selling
classical album of the 21st Century.
Hayley's charity work is also
extensive and she is UNICEF’s youngest-ever ambassador, after
enormous success with her ‘Bikes For Ghana Appeal’ Hayley revisited
Ghana in 2008 where she started work on her second project; building
water pumps, for locals who lack a safe supply of clean water.
Hayley is also extremely proud to be the first-ever official
ambassador of Classic FM's Music Makers.
But it’s the mesmerising appeal of
her music which has provided the platform for her other endeavours.
Hayley has performed at a great many prestigious sporting events
around the world, which have included football (the FA Cup Final, in
The European Champions League) baseball (the NBA in the US), Tennis
(The Mercedes Cup in Los Angeles). She still maintains, however,
that her proudest duty is singing the New Zealand anthem in support
of her beloved All Blacks rugby team.
2008 saw Hayley awarded the Global
Kiwis Young Achiever Award. In the spring Hayley performed at and
was nominated for Best Album at the Classical BRIT Awards. November
saw Elaine Paige present Hayley with the Variety Club Showbiz Awards
2008 Classical Performer of the Year. Hayley rounded off 2008 with
the release of her River of Dreams Album followed by her River Of
Dreams Tour, in between jetting off to Iraq on a Hercules where she
was honoured to have launched the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal live
2009 started with a sold out UK
Valentines tour, where she performed alongside star tenor Jonathan
Ansell before a trip to Japan to tour her River Of Dreams album
release there. Whilst visiting Japan, Hayley’s second Japanese album
went gold in Taiwan. Later, she returned to headline their
prestigious World Games Opening Ceremony.
Now is your chance to see Hayley
live in 2009 as part of her Winter Magic UK tour. You can expect
favourite classics, together with new material from Hayley's
upcoming album, released on 16th November.
The tour will take in 8 dates across
the UK – don't miss your chance to see Hayley live....
WINTER MAGIC - THE TOUR
23rd November Peterborough
24th November Ripon Cathedral
26th November Manchester Cathedral
28th November Banbury, St Mary's Church
2nd December Tewkesbury Abbey
3rd December Exeter Cathedral
4th December Norwich Cathedral
19th December Bristol Cathedral
Tickets available online from
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HAYLEY WESTENRA: WINTER MAGIC – Released 16/11/09