Well, another year is coming to an end...and I
can't wait! Sometimes I feel that time is moving
too quickly, but at the moment, it can't move quick
enough! I finished my tour last Saturday in the
lovely Huddersfield, where I sang at their beautiful
Town Hall. It was a fantastic show and left me
on a real high. In fact, I loved the whole UK tour.
I relished the opportunity to perform in some of
Britain's most historic and stunning churches,
Abbeys and Cathedrals, as well as the chance to
meet and chat with some of you after the shows...
I met some truly lovely people. Actually, I'd like
to take this opportunity to thank all of you for
your continued support, which I truly appreciate.
Over the year, I have traveled to a number of
countries and met a great number of supporters
who have enriched my life and given me tremendous
encouragement. I look forward to meeting many more
of you next year!
Speaking of which, next year I'm going to be touring
with Il Divo as you may know. You may be surprised
to find out that we have still yet to meet -I arrive
in America just in time for a rehearsal the day
before the first show -but I'm assuming we'll all
get on and have a fab tour! -All 4 months of it!
Before that tour commences however, I will be touring
my homeland from the 17th January until the 28th.
I'm really looking forward to performing in front
of a home crowd again and spending some more time
in Kiwiland! It's been a while. I'm also looking
forward to my 2 week break as you can imagine!
I miss my family and friends so much, especially
my family who I talk to on the phone to almost
every night! I hope Sophie and Isaac haven't grown
up too much since when I saw them last!
Now, on a much more sombre note, there is something
I must tell you. Much to everyone's shock and sadness,
Keith Sheel, who ran www.hayley-westenra-international.com,
passed away on Friday 16 December, after a long
and courageous battle against cancer. He was one
of my greatest supporters and I can't thank him
enough. He will be sorely missed. To be honest,
the news is still yet to sink in, it was very sudden
for everyone, but I can say that when thinking
of him, I can't help but smile. He always was so
bright, cheerful and brimming with goodwill for
everyone; he was a wonderful person. Keith -thank
you... I will miss you.
I must sign off though, as I have an entire flats'
worth of stuff I need to sort through and then
squeeze into my beloved suitcases! It's going to
be a mission. I'm leaving tomorrow, to arrive home
Christmas day, and have a list of things needing
to be done that would beat Santa's! I better get
a move on!!
Take care everyone and see you in the New Year!