Classical Singer Breaks Chart Records
little-known 16-year-old New Zealand girl, Hayley Westenra,
today broke all records with the fastest-selling debut
album in the history of the UK classical charts (The
Official UK Charts)
Hayley's debut UK release on Decca, has achieved higher
first week sales than such household names as Luciano
Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Charlotte Church and Russell
Watson. The album has gone straight in to the UK Pop
Chart at No.8 and is at No.1 in the Classical Charts.
for the extraordinary purity of her voice, Hayley was
discovered busking in Christchurch New Zealand aged
11yrs, and was snapped up by record giants Universal
in New Zealand for a 5 album £3million pound deal.
Her debut album went straight to No.1 in the New Zealand
pop album charts ahead of Robbie Williams. Hayley is
now marketed worldwide by Decca .
has just performed with Jose Carreras and Bryn Terfel
in Wales, and she makes her UK solo debut at the Royal
Albert Hall in December.
is amazing, unbelievable made all the sweeter by the
fact I'm living in London and loving every minute!"
Westenra is an extraordinary young singer. In a world
dominated by presentation rather than content the purity
and simplicity of her artistry has created a sensation.
This young lady has arrived and is here to stay".
Bill Holland, Divisional Director Universal Classics
talent, directness and yes, purity, have already made
her a star in her native New Zealand, Australia, several
Asian countries and now the UK. She is the real thing".
Costa Pilavachi, President, Decca.
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