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February 21, 2004
HAYLEY WESTENRA PERFORMS EXCLUSIVE CONCERT
FOR HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN, PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH AND PRIME
MINISTER TONY BLAIR
Last night 16-year-old
singing sensation Hayley Westenra took part in an exclusive
performance for Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister
Tony Blair and President George Bush at a private dinner to
honor the US president's visit to the UK. Other guests included
HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales,
Cherie Blair, Laura Bush, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
The evening's entertainment was a musical
show based on the works of renowned musical director Sir Andrew
Lloyd Webber. Hayley sang four songs; a duet of "Let Us Love
and Peace" from A Beautiful Game with Irish singer Shonagh
Daly, a solo of Pie Jesu, and a duet of I Believe My Heart,
the lead track to Andrew Lloyd Webber's new musical "Woman
in White" which she sang with the musical's male star, Kevin
McKidd. For the evening's finale Hayley joined the other stars
on stage for a stunning rendition of No Matter What.
On the evening Hayley commented: "It's been
an amazing experience. It's such an honor to be asked to perform
in front of the Queen of England and some of the world's leading
political figures and equally amazing to work with Andrew
Lloyd Webber. I still can't quite believe it."
In the short time since the release of Hayley
Westenra's first international album PURE on Decca/Universal,
the 16-year-old from Christchurch, New Zealand has made chart-busting
history in the music industry by becoming the fastest-selling
debut classical artist in U.K. history. PURE took one week
to reach Gold status and has hit Platinum after only 8 weeks.
ĘPURE will be released in the US on April 6.
Hayley's forthcoming schedule includes a concert
with Jose Carreras at the Royal Albert Hall in London, performing
at the Royal Variety Show alongside Pavarotti in Edinburgh
and leading the Amnesty International Christmas concert in
London's Trafalgar square. In 2004 Hayley will be touring
New Zealand, Australia and the UK; releasing PURE in North
America and Europe; sitting her GCSE exams in London; and
making time to further develop her role as the youngest ever
ambassador of UNICEF.
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