Hayley Westenra bringing angelic sound to Bournemouth Pavilion

CLASSICAL DIVA: Hayley Westenra will be performing at Bouremouth Pavilion

CLASSICAL DIVA: Hayley Westenra will be performing at Bouremouth Pavilion

First published in What's On

AS classical music goes it’s fair to say that Hayley is one of its biggest stars.

The New Zealand soprano has just announced a short tour of the UK this year and Bournemouth is one of just six dates announced.

Hayley will bring her angelic sound to the Bournemouth Pavilion on March 8. She will be showcasing tunes from her most recent album, which went straight to number one in the classical charts this year, Paradiso.

Hayley says: “I can’t wait to bring the new music from Paradiso on to the stage.”

Hayley has sold more than four million records, and sung with names including Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras and sung to luminaries including George W Bush, Tony Blair, The Queen and Prince Charles, William and Harry.

At the tender age of 24, Hayley Westenra has established herself as one of the most celebrated classical singers in the world. Accompanied by a 25-piece orchestra, Hayley will be bringing her angelic sound to Bournemouth.

On the prospect of her forthcoming shows Hayley said: I can’t wait to bring the new music from Paradiso onto the stage, mixing it with some of my, and hopefully my fans, favourites from my 10-year run.”

2011 has been an incredible year for Hayley. Her fifth studio album Paradiso – produced by film score legend Ennio Morricone – was met with critical acclaim, reaching number one in the Classic Music Charts and gaining commercial success across the globe.

Last month the singer undertook an arena tour of her native New Zealand and of course sung to hundreds of millions around the world when she performed World In Union at the Rugby World Cup final in October.

With her debut album, Pure, reaching the Top 10 of the pop charts in 11 countries and made her the fastest-selling debut classical artist of all time, the album turned gold in one week and has since gone double platinum.

Selling more than four million albums to date, Hayley holds the record for the biggest selling classical album of the 21st Century.

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