FROM: Hayley Westenra
LOCATION: airborne (somewhere above Minneapolis!)
SUBJECT: Diary - February-April 2004
How's things going? At the moment I'm on a plane, from Minneapolis
to San Francisco (via Denver), mindlessly munching away on
a bag of "aeroplane" overly salty pretzels (it's amazing what
you'll eat when you're hungry!). I'm so sorry it's taken me
this long to write, it's been pretty busy lately! Gosh, where
should I start…
Well, let's go right back to 16 February, Dunedin, the very
first concert of 'The Pure Tour'.
have to admit, I was pretty nervous that night, because even
though we'd rehearsed the show, I knew that anything could
happen once we were out on stage! It was so nice though having
Sophie and Isaac (my sister and brother) up on stage with
me and my other guest artist, Brandon Pou was a fantastic
What a great feeling it was, walking off stage at the end,
with the audience's applause ringing in my ears…we did it!
It wasn't perfect, but it was a pretty good first night in
my opinion! Whew!! 1 show down, 20 more to go…!!!
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next two shows were in my home town, Christchurch, and everyone
was coming…my family, friends, teachers (including Dame Malvina
Major!) and everyone in between! I remember being up on stage
and thinking, "this is crazy, It wasn't that long ago when
I was out busking on the streets of Christchurch and now,
here I am with 2 sellout shows at the Town Hall". I couldn't
tour went on; through Wellington, New Plymouth, Hamilton and
finally, Auckland. Oh, and amongst all that, I was presented
with a 10x platinum award from Helen Clark, our Prime minister
-what an honour.
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then traveled to Australia and I performed at the Melbourne
Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. It was actually my
second time performing at the Sydney Opera House; the first
time I was there was with Russell Watson a couple of years
ago, but having my own show there was a completely different
experience…it was so exciting.
My next stop was Japan. We had a show in Tokyo, which I really
enjoyed and then we took the bullet train to Osaka and had
another great show.
love Japan; it's so different from New Zealand, which makes
it such an exciting country to visit and the people there
are so lovely. The only sad part of it was that I had say
goodbye to my fantastic Christchurch-based band who had traveled
with me up until then…a big thanks goes out to them!!
The show then went on to the UK and I had a fantastic time
traveling around and performing in front of some really warm
and receptive audiences. I also had the pleasure of meeting
many of you afterwards! During the tour I actually had the
opportunity to perform the Welsh National Anthem at the Wales
vs. Italy Rugby match with my UK guest artist Katherine Jenkins,
which I literally had a day to learn! I also sang Pokarekare
Ana for Steve Hansen, the kiwi Welsh National Rugby team coach,
as it was his last match before going back to New Zealand
to coach the All Blacks.
Whew…so now I'm here in the US having a fabulous time. One
of the highlights was performing on Good Morning America,
which was quite an experience. I had to get up very, very
early, 4am actually, and I was doing a sound check at 5.30am…I
don't even get up that early, let alone sing!….but I managed
to stay awake long enough to get through it and thoroughly
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now doing a Radio Disney tour throughout the US. I'm visiting
a school in each city and performing a few songs for them,
then answering their questions. I'm really enjoying introducing
children to a style of music they may have not been exposed
to before and I hope I will also inspire some of them to work
hard at what they enjoy and pursue their dreams.
I better go, hope this brings you up to date with everything!!
Thanks so much for all your support!!
Love Hayley xxx
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