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New Zealander to sing after UK July Festival races

The multiple award-winning New Zealand singing sensation, Hayley Westenra, will be the star of the Classic FM concert which will follow the last race on Thursday 13th July, the middle day of the July Festival at Newmarket, England.

The 18-year-old shot to fame at the age of just 15 when she made her international debut with the launch of her album, Pure, in 2003.

Characterised by its breath-taking natural beauty, her voice enabled Pure to reach some notable landmarks. The album, which has sold two million copies to date, topped the UK classical charts and also went Top Ten in the pop equivalent. In her homeland, it is the biggest-selling New Zealand album of all time. In Japan - where Hayley enjoyed a No. 1 single with Amazing Grace - she was the most popular classical artist of 2004 and won two Japanese Grammies.
She has performed in front of presidents, prime ministers and royalty, has duetted with Andrea Bocelli, José Carreras, Bryn Terfel and Russell Watson, and has sung live at many prestigious sporting events in the UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia.
In Westenra's new album, Odyssey, her exceptional voice retains its crystal-clear purity, but her singing is now richer and more rounded than before. Touring the world and singing in some of its greatest concert venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall, has worked wonders for her confidence. Suitably emboldened, she has embraced an even wider range of musical styles including classical, hymns, folk and pop.
"Following a sensational inaugural Classic FM concert by Katherine Jenkins at last summer's July Festival, we are thrilled that Hayley Westenra will be the star of this year's event," enthused Lisa Hancock, Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses. "I think she will stun a lot of people who may not have heard her amazing voice before."
Newmarket has made a huge success of its concerts held after racing has finished during its traditional July racing carnival, and they regularly attract the top names from the music world to perform.
source : published by: www.thoroughbrednews.co.nz
credits : jon vosloo
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