Classical star strikes £1m
Jenkins thinks listeners want something more believable
Katherine Jenkins, who performs the national anthem at
home Welsh rugby games, has clinched a £1m-plus
record company claims it is the biggest contract ever
signed by a British classical artist.
23-year-old from Neath will release her debut album on
Universal Classics next month.
who graduated from the Royal Academy in 2002, recently
gave up her job as a music teacher.
full financial details of the mezzo-soprano's deal have
not been revealed, but Universal Classics said it was
in seven figures.
label has a series of other classical performers on its
roster, including fellow Welsh singer Bryn Terfel, Pavarotti
and Placido Domingo.
deal was announced as Jenkins tours with another Universal
artist, Hayley Westenra. Their Welsh dates are at the
North Wales Theatre, Llandudno on Sunday, 21 March, and
St David's Hall, Cardiff, on Sunday, 28 March.
is the Welsh rugby team's official mascot and has become
a regular pre-game performer.
sang at the Wales-England rugby game at the Millennium
Stadium in Cardiff last August. She also performed the
anthem at this season's Wales-France RBS Six Nations match,
and will do so again at the final game against Italy on
said: "I don't like to talk about money and it's
not for me to spend on myself, it's for the albums."
said she believed people were getting bored with pop music
and wanted something "a little more believable".