Hayley Westenra
DECCA Newsletter - July 2003



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Hello again,

Renee Fleming is in town! As you can imagine we're all pretty excited about that, and some lucky people have even got to see her perform her 'signature' role in Dvorak's Rusalka at the Royal Opera House, London. In Australia and New Zealand our bright young star Hayley Westenra has been charming audiences at the launch of her debut album "Pure". Meanwhile back at the office, we're gearing up for a fairly hectic release schedule this autumn and we thought now would be a good time to mention two of our big new albums for the fall. Cecilia Bartoli's "The Salieri Album" sounds fantastic and features an entire album of World Premiere recordings, and Luciano Pavarotti has finally been tempted into the studio for his long-promised album of popular songs entitled "Ti adoro".

Janine Jansen, the young Dutch violinist makes her Proms debut in a few days time. Those of you in the UK and Netherlands may have seen her Decca debut album already. For the rest of you, it's only a small wait, but well worth it! From one of our newest stars, to one of our most venerated: 50 years since the death of Kathleen Ferrier, our new retrospective album chronicles the tragically short life of one of England's finest contraltos. Read on for all the details and please feel free to send us a note if you have any ideas or suggestions.

Wim Jenkins,
Website Editor, Decca Music Group, London

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>> Hayley Westenra appointed UNICEF ambassador <<

Hayley Westenra has become the youngest ever ambassador for UNICEF, as she has just been appointed National Ambassador for UNICEF NZ . The appointment to this prestigious role was announced at the launch of her debut international album 'Pure' in New Zealand on 9th July

As a National Ambassador for UNICEF, Hayley will help to raise awareness of child rights and the desperate situation facing many children and families around the world. Through lending her support to UNICEF's fundraising campaigns in New Zealand, it is hoped that more children and communities will benefit from long-term and emergency help in healthcare, education and protection for children in need.

Dennis McKinlay, Executive Director for UNICEF said of the announcement "Hayley is a wonderful role model for youth in New Zealand and through her oustanding musical ability she reaches audiences of all ages and nationalities. We are delighted to welcome Hayley into the UNICEF family, and hope that with Hayley's help we can generate increasing support for our work, and help more children have a better start in life."

Speaking about her new position Hayley said "I feel really honoured to be asked to be an ambassador for UNICEF and I'm very excited about the challenges and experiences that will come with this new role= ."

Hayley's international debut album "Pure" has just been released in New Zealand and Australia, and is set to be launched internationally very soon. For more information about release dates, and to hear excerpts from her stunning debut, go to http://www.hayleywestenra.com


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