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Monday September 22nd, 2003
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 Hayley Westenra
Young soprano from New Zealand who's music has crossed over into the mainstream, ranging from traditional music to classical
Hayley Westenra: Youngest Ever Solo Artist To Tour The UK
Hayley Westenra
Picture: Decca/Simon Fowler

Young Classical Singer Breaks Chart Records

A 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)

"Pure", 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.

Known 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 .

Hayley 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.

"This is amazing, unbelievable made all the sweeter by the fact I'm living in London and loving every minute!" Hayley Westenra

"Hayley 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 & Jazz

"Hayley's 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.

Hayley Westenra: Youngest Ever Solo Artist To Tour The UK 5 Mar 2004
The young classical/crossover solo artist confirms eight dates

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