Perhaps the biggest classical crossover collaboration of the year, Rebecca Newman, Mary-Jess, Eden, Mariette Davina, Scarlett Quigley and Danielle Thomas will be joining together for a concert at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York on 6th September at 2pm.
It promises to be a fantastic afternoon. York is well connected by rail, making a day-trip quite possible from many parts of the UK.
Every once in a while a concert comes along that is an event not too be missed. Well that time has come and it will be taking place at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre inYork on Saturday 6 September 2014 at 2pm.
Seven of our finest sopranos are gathering to raise funds for the Children’s Charity ‘Educate the World UK’ in a ‘Songbirds’ Concert. The cost of a standard ticket is just £16 and for that you are guaranteed over 2 hours of world class entertainment. There will be something for all music tastes as all of the artists taking part offer something entirely unique in their song selection, originality and musical style.
Tickets are now on sale and you are recommended to order them sooner rather than later as the concert is expected to sell out very quickly. You can order your tickets online through Rebecca Newman’s (the York based Peoples Soprano) website here:
Rebecca Newman: Often called the 'Peoples Soprano', Rebecca has established a reputation inYork that is second to none due to her fabulous soprano voice and her interaction with the general public. Rebecca has recently supported both Russell Watson and Aled Jones on their recent tours and has also headlined her own UK tours. In February, Rebecca became the first British and first Classical singer to win $10,000 on the global social music site Artist Signal. Rebecca recently recorded a Yorkshire Peoples Anthem of her song ‘Heroes to World’ to welcome the Tour de France to Yorkshire. This Peoples Anthem consisted of over 1000 voices across Yorkshire. Her Christmas single ‘Wonderful Dream (Holidays are Coming)’ also went viral on You Tube in 2013. Rebecca was also chosen as an Anthem Singer for the recent Rugby League World Cup matches. Rebecca’s new album ‘Dare to Dream’ is due out very soon and will feature duets with Blake and Mary-Jess Leaverland. Rebecca has independently released several albums (selling over 15,000) and raised thousands of pounds for her favourite charities RNLI and Child Line.http://www.rebeccanewman.co.uk/
Eden: A superb female duo comprising of Libby Johnstone and Lucy Campbell. Eden have performed to full houses all over the world which have included performances for Prince Albert of Monaco and Michael Ball. Their harmonious voices complement each other perfectly offering a unique blend of music and song selection that will appeal to all music tastes. Eden create and produce their own arrangements and are indeed a classical crossover act with a difference as they specialise in classical/pop crossover. They are the only artists to focus on modern music by artists such as Robbie Williams, Metallica, Heart and Take That giving modern songs a classical twist but also being able to offer audiences traditional classical music and musical theatre. Eden are shortly to release their follow up album which will be the first time that a classical crossover act has released a double CD. The album entitled ‘Wicked Game’ will feature a great mix of traditional classical and modern songs and you can listen to examples of some of these on their brand new website. Eden are also proud Patrons of the charity ‘Educate the World’.
Mary Jess Leaverland: In 2009 Mary Jess took the world by storm when she won the Chinese version of the X Factor whilst studying the language as a British student in China in front of a massive TV audience of over 70 million viewers. Following this win Mary Jess signed a recording contract and released her debut album 'Shine' where she also co-wrote a number of the songs and it also won the ‘Classical Crossover UK - Album of the Year’ in 2012. Mary Jess has since sung ‘Abide with Me’ at the 2012 FA Cup Final, had several appearances on BBC Songs of Praise, sung the Downton Abbey theme tune ‘Did I Make the Most of Loving You’, hosted her veryown radio show and was also invited to sing 'Don't Cry Alone' at Robin Gibb's House at the unveiling of the National Heritage Plaque'. Mary Jess is the UK and Global Ambassador for the charity ‘Half the Sky’ which helps orphaned and abandoned children in China. A follow up to her debut album is expected very soon.
Mariette Davina: Mariette is an inspirational singer and songwriter and has often been compared to the legendry 'Kate Bush' due to her unique vocal style. Mariette had a recording contract with a South African record label but decided to return to the country of her birth theUK. Mariette independently recorded and produced her debut album 'Mariette Davina' containing her very own original material. The album very much tells a story of the challenges Mariette had to face and of her Christian Faith. Many of the tracks like ‘Circles of Change’ ‘Risk It’ and ‘Images Lie’ are truly an inspiration to anybody facing a major life challenge or dilemma. One of the tracks ‘You are Holy’ was also featured on God TV and it also shows that her Christian faith is a major influence in her music. Mariette is also an accomplished pianist and composer and she has recently recieved airplay on National BBC Radio 2 for her songs 'You are Holy' and her unique interpretation and adaptation of the 'Lord is My Shepherd'. Mariette continues to write and produce her own material and has recently released a new song 'Over' as a single and a 4 song EP called 'Deeper'. Details are on Mariette’s website.
Danielle Thomas: Danielle is a highly thought of Mezzo Soprano from Liverpool who appeared on the BBC Songs of Praise at the tender age of 11. She was recently given the prestigious honour to sing at Liverpool Cathedral to commemorate the 70thAnniversary of the Battle of theAtlantic in front of HRH Princess Royal and a Live BBC1 TV audience. Danielle continues to be invited and perform at numerous high profile and civic events in Liverpool and the NW like the 25th Anniversary of JFT 96 in April 2014. Danielle has also sung alongside legends like Gerry Marsden, Ken Dodd and was invited to join Sony’s Classical Trio ‘The Priests’ at their Liverpool Concert. In 2012 Danielle performed with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir for the Jospice Golden Jubilee Concert conducted by the legendary Professor Ian Tracey and directed by International Opera Singer Rosa Mannion. Danielle has supports several charities including Cancer Research, Alder Hey children’s hospital and St Josephs Hospice.
Scarlett Quigley: Scarlett is a sensational 16 year old soprano from Cheshire who is currently mentored by Rebecca Newman. Scarlett has won numerous singing competitions including the winner in 2012 of the prestigious Rose Bowl in Fleetwood and the title of the Bowdon Young Singer of the year in 2013. With Rebecca’s help Scarlett has just released her debut album ‘If I Only Had Wings’ which comprises some traditional classical favourites, musical theatre, folk and a couple of new songs. Her wonderful voice has attracted global recognition and already her debut album has reached all four corners of the world. Scarlett continues to add to her strong fan base through interaction on social media and from her concert appearances as a result of her infectious personality and lovely voice. Her dream one day is to sing a duet with her idol Andrea Bocelli. Scarlett is the resident soprano for ‘Art with a Heart’ and ‘Wythenshawe Hall’ and more recently the very proud Patron of the charity ‘Educate the World UK'
Songbirds always promised to be something extraordinary and special and this it truly was. Six superb female classical crossover acts gave their all. They were all different and all sounded amazing. Thanks to all of them who gave this and their time to the charity Educate The World, and special thanks to Rebecca Newman for essentially organising the event.
Rebecca opened the concert with Summertime, and after some introduction sang Mi Chiamano Mimi from La Boheme. She then sang her latest song and album title track Dare To Dream and concluded with Time To Say Goodbye.
Rebecca then introduced Scarlett Quigley who opened her set with the lovely Dolce Vento. She then sang the title track of her album If Only I Had Wings, followed by O Mio Babbino Caro. Scarlett ended her set with a new song which she had learnt for the Songbirds concert. This was Mussettas Walz from La Boheme.
Rebecca then introduced Mary-Jess Leaverland. Mary-Jess opened her set with the Downton Abbey theme song Did I Make The Most Of Loving You, followed by Lighthouse Of Mine from her album Shine. She then sang Chun Tian de Ba lei and finally, Glorious.
After a 20 minute break, Eden kicked off the second half, singing Somewhere from West Side Story. They then sang the title track from their new album Wicked Game, followed by their arrangement Without You All By Myself. They concluded their set with Nessun Dorma, then introduced the next artist, Mariette Davina.
Mariette opened her set with Amazing Grace, the Chris Tomlin version, followed by Caccini's Ave Maria. She then sang Over, from her latest CD, and concluded with The Prayer.
Mariette then introduced the last Songbird, Danielle Louise Thomas. Danielle sang Song To The Moon and I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables. She then got everyone (well nearly everyone) singing along with her with I Could Have Danced All Night, then concluded her set and the concert with Nella Fantasia.
All of the Songbirds spent time afterwards talking to us, having photos taken, signing and selling their CDs, etc. And then it was all over with us hoping a repeat of this fantastic event can happen again sometime.
Knowing of these lovely song birds what a treat all in one event , the amount of fine delightful personalities of the number of CC singers in London alone is amazing indeed , the UK is so blessed to be able to attend so many concerts and events at so reasonable cost is really a sign of people there enjoying the finer music to hear plus the girls are all so petty as well , Congrats to the singers and well done , wished to be there .
Another video from Scarlett Scarlett Quigley - Footage from Songbirds 2014
Scarlett's blog article
Scarlett Soprano The blog of Scarlett Quigley young soprano
Songbirds Posted on September 11, 2014 After months of talking and planning I could not believe that the day had finally arrived for The Songbirds concert that I was to be a part of. It was about a year ago that a great supporter of classical crossover music, Robert Scullen had a dream of a concert that would feature some of his favourite artists. To have been included in this list of artists is just awesome in itself. What was even more special was that the concert would be in aid of Educate The World which I have recently become UK Patron for. This was to be the first time so many classical crossover artists would be performing in the same concert. Here are all the performers who I was to be in concert with.
The Songbirds, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, September 6
First published Thursday 28 August 2014 in Music news and reviews by Charles Hutchinson
... Mary-Jess explains how she came to be involved in the Songbirds concert. "I was asked to perform for this show by my Facebook fan group manager, Robert Scullen, so I was thrilled when my diary allowed me to participate," she says.
"He's been such a great support to me but he lives in Australia and is coming over to the UK for three weeks. He's helping to organise the concert with the charity founder, Dean Brockway. It's my way of saying 'thank you' for everything he has done. It also means I get to perform with York's Rebecca Newman, whose forthcoming album Dare To Dream includes a special duet we've recorded together." ...