Hayley Westenra
A New Zealand soprano of Irish heritage. Westenra is the fastest-selling début classical artist to date.
Hayley Westenra
Hayley Dee Westenra is a New Zealand soprano, classical crossover artist, songwriter and UNICEF Ambassador. Her first internationally released album, Pure, reached No.  1 on the UK classical charts in 2003 and has sold more than two million copies worldwide. Pure is the fastest-selling international début classical album to date, having made Westenra an international star at age 16.
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Curtain up on World Cup marathon men
Yahoo News - about 2 years
The World Cup gets a soft opening on Thursday with a predicted 2.5 billion people poised to tune in to the six weeks of action but with the 49-match programme facing a series of headaches. From security to corruption to illegal bowling actions, the 14-team tournament, being played across 14 venues in Australia and New Zealand, will be launched with night-time opening ceremonies in Melbourne and Christchurch. The glitzy showbiz events, starring two of the hosts' musical exports, Tina Arena and Hayley Westenra, bring the curtain up on the tournament which won't start until Saturday. "The global security threat is an issue," admitted International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson.
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Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Where are you going?
Eastbourne Herald - almost 5 years
One of the sweetest voices of recent years must be that of the New Zealand performer Hayley Westenra. A CD of her songs was, for a time, probably the most played on any of our car journeys, near or far. Her lyrics are sensitive and moving, not least those that accompany the melody of ‘Heaven’. The line asking the question why the good die young and her prayer request that ‘Heaven waits for everyone in the end’ really stir the soul. What is that place like, I wanted to know, and could it be ‘for everyone’? Eddie Purse, a minister friend, helped me with my understanding, and obviously delighted in the special opportunity given to him to address the subject. “It is a place of exquisite beauty, where colours are richer, fuller, deeper than anything we have ever envisaged here. “It is a place where I shall feel forever young, where there will be no anxieties or fears, where everyone will live together in perfect harmony. “Above all, it is a place where I will never need to go to be ...
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Hayley Westenra Discusses Upcoming Tour
Female First - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-110941" href="/Hayley+Westenra+1">Hayley Westenra</a> has enjoyed a career that has so far spanned a decade and she is set to hit the road in the UK to show off her latest album Paradiso.
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Hayley Westenra bringing angelic sound to Bournemouth Pavilion
Daily Echo - about 5 years
AS classical music goes it’s fair to say that Hayley is one of its biggest stars.
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Where there's a Will there's a yay - Manawatu Standard
Google News - over 5 years
Martin, along with Hayley Westenra, will sing national anthems at knockout games during the tournament. Yesterday, he spent an hour with the choir rehearsing and imparting some of his knowledge to its 40 members. School head of performing arts Barry
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Kiwi Hayley has got the world at her feet once again - Burton Mail
Google News - over 5 years
KIWI opera star Hayley Westenra releases her new album on Monday, a collaboration with one of the great composers of any era, and she is also set to play a major part in her home nation&#39;s staging of the Rugby World Cup this autumn
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Interview: Rhydian Roberts and Hayley Westenra - OK! Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Another artist who&#39;s achieved fantastic fame in the classical crossover genre is New Zealand soprano Hayley Westenra, who&#39;s celebrating ten incredible years in the business with the release of her fifth studio album, Paradiso. However, unlike her good
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Grace Jones - I Like Music
Google News - over 5 years
We have three signed copies to give away more&gt;&gt; Hayley Westenra: I Like Music because… it feeds the soul, it balances you and there&#39;s always a song for every mood that you&#39;re in. T-Pain: I Like Music because… it feels good. I like good music,
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1987: The backroom deals to launch World Cup - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Silver Ferns netballer Maria Tutaia was born, so too Hayley Westenra, and the Rugby World Cup made its first appearance. The official march-past was underwhelming. It was a showery Friday afternoon and pictures of the first global tournament show
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How an unflattering picture sent Hayley Westenra on a mission to self-destruct - Daily Mail
Google News - over 5 years
On the surface at least, Hayley Westenra is every bit the ethereal-voiced cherub the classical-music industry has cast her as. At her age, fellow soprano Katherine Jenkins had just kicked her cocaine habit and Charlotte Church was back
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Hayley Westenra Records World in Union for RWC Album - ASIATravelTips.com
Google News - over 5 years
The official album of Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand was launched on Tuesday by the world&#39;s biggest-selling soprano and one of New Zealand&#39;s most recognisable stars, Hayley Westenra. World in Union, to be released by Universal Music in Australia
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Hayley Westenra and Will Martin confirmed for RWC final - Voxy
Google News - over 5 years
Tournament Organiser Rugby New Zealand 2011 (RNZ 2011) today confirmed that New Zealand performers Hayley Westenra and Will Martin will sing the anthems at the Final on October 23, and four other soloists will be confirmed to perform the anthems at the
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Were we a little unfair to Hayley Westenra then? - Lynn News
Google News - over 5 years
I&#39;M writing to put the record straight regarding the Hayley Westenra concert at the Corn Exchange (Festival review, Lynn News Friday). Fair enough the doors opened late and the foyer area was a bit crammed, but would people rather have a poorly put-on
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Hayley Westenra opens up about breakdown - New Zealand Herald
Google News - over 5 years
Classical singer Hayley Westenra has opened up about the &quot;breakdown&quot; she suffered in 2009 after an extreme diet caused her weight to plummet. The 24-year-old soprano tells Britain&#39;s Seven magazine she began obsessing over her meals while on the road
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Nourishing musical feast - Times of Malta
Google News - over 5 years
Angel-voiced Hayley Westenra delighted the audience with the crystalline and expressive beauty of her voice in CM Schönberg and H. Kretzmer&#39;s I Dreamed A Dream from Les Misérables, which had been preceded much earlier by Prayer
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Ron Hynes takes to the stage at King's Theatre July 16 at 8 pm Kent Nason photo - Annapolis County Spectator
Google News - over 5 years
... including Emmylou Harris, Christy Moore, Mary Black, Denny Doherty, Murray McLauchlan, Valdy, John McDermott, Terry Kelly, Prairie Oyster, The Good Brothers, Shaye, The Cottars and most recently, classical soprano Hayley Westenra
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New Zealand Soprano Star Hayley Westenra To Release Morricone Collaboration ... - The Morton Report
Google News - over 5 years
then you may have heard the rich, practiced soprano voice of New Zealander Hayley Westenra. With a range that is unique to so few trained vocalists, Ms. Westenra has earned the appreciation of her varied audience. In 2008, Westenra released an enduring
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I also do jeans and T-shirt, says Hayley Westenra - Evening Standard
Google News - over 5 years
She may be the biggest-selling classical artist of the millennium so far, but Hayley Westenra told today how living in London has helped her keep her feet on the ground. The 24-year-old soprano, from New Zealand, was thrust onto the path to stardom at
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Hayley Westenra
  • 2014
    Age 26
    On 29 April 2014, Westenra was one of the performers at Classic FM Live in Royal Albert Hall London.
    More Details Hide Details Westenra is active in contributing to charities around the world. On 26 November 2003, Westenra performed "Pokarekare Ana" and "Amazing Grace" on the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Variety Performance show in the presence of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on behalf of the Entertainment Artistes' Benevolent Fund. Westenra is the second youngest UNICEF Ambassador to date, behind Selena Gomez. In 2005, Westenra visited Ghana to publicise her project, "Bikes for Ghana", and actively helped with fundraising to purchase bicycles for young girls, allowing them to get to their schools from outlying surrounding areas. When she was later interviewed about this charity work, she had this to say, "I met girls who had been given bikes and I could see how much it meant to them. We wanted to borrow one just for a photo and they wouldn't let them go; they were really reluctant".
  • 2013
    Age 25
    Westenra married her French boyfriend of three years, Arnaud Sabard (born 1981), on 29 December 2013 in Hawarden, North Canterbury, New Zealand.
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    On 20 November 2013, Westenra recorded a Children in Need Christmas single 2013 album "Christmas Dream" with Sir Terry Wogan and Aled Jones featured Bond and the Portsmouth Citadel Salvation Army Band.
    More Details Hide Details Westenra has been known as a vegetarian/pescetarian. In 2007, she was nominated for PETA's 'Sexiest Vegetarian'. However, when touring she sometimes has worried about getting the appropriate amounts of nutrients. She was sometimes unable to obtain the more nutritious vegetables and other foods she preferred, and now on occasions she eats meat. In 2007, Westenra told The New Zealand Herald, "I'm completely bursting the bubble now, aren't I? That's that ruined."
    On 30 November and 1 December 2013, Westenra staged concert with City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Welsh Male Voice Choir and the Hong Kong Treble Choir in Hong Kong.
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    On April 2013, Westenra staged a Far East tour in Taipei, Tainan, Kaohsiung and performed with Chinese tenor DinYi in Beijing.
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  • 2012
    Age 24
    In Christmastime 2012, Westenra was featured on the debut album "Starship Christmas Album" along with Justin Bieber, Queen, Lady Gaga, Elton John, Ronan Keating, Michael Jackson, Maroon 5, Adeaze, The Jackson Five, Tiki Taane, OneRepublic and Lucy Lawless for supporting Starship Children's Health.
    More Details Hide Details On 30 November, Westenra lent her support to Kate Winslet’s Golden Hat Foundation together with Tim Janis, Sarah McLachlan, Loreena McKennitt, Andrea Corr, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, Dawn Kenney, Jana Mashonee, Amy Petty and a choir performing on "The American Christmas Carol" concert in Carnegie Hall.
    On 24 August 2012, Westenra staged a concert in the Gŵyl Gobaith Music Festival in Wales to support for charities Cancer Research UK, Wales Air Ambulance, CLIC Sargent and HeadtoHeart.
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    On 22 April 2012, Westenra staged debut concert at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen.
    More Details Hide Details On 28 April, Westenra Performed with Chinese tenor DinYi and NieJianHua on the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival symphony concert at Olympic Green accompanying by Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. In May 2012, Westenra was featured with Laura Wright and Alfie Boe on a souvenir album "Gary Barlow & The Commonwealth Band" for celebrating Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. On 14 June, Westenra staged a concert with RTÉ Concert Orchestra and David Brophy at National Concert Hall in Dublin. On 21 June, Westenra performed at Greek tenor Mario Frangoulis' Boston Symphony Hall concert accompanying by Boston Pops Orchestra. On November, Westenra was a guest performer on the David Foster & Friends' Far East tour. She was also a special guest in Korea's Opera Star final singing two songs "Lascia Ch'io Pianga" in her solo and "You Raise Me Up" with Park Gi Yeong and Son Ho Yeong.
  • 2011
    Age 23
    To promote Paradiso with peace and love message, Westenra would be embarking the Paradiso Homecoming Tour from 17 September 2011 to 8 March 2012, and would raise charity attention to her UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador appeal and the Christchurch Earthquake Relief fund for supporting Christchurch to revive.
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    On 29 May, Westenra performed Pie Jesu at PBS's 2011 National Memorial Day concert.
    More Details Hide Details On 10 June, Westenra was invited by Prime Minister David Cameron attending Downing Street Poppy Party along with injured Service personnel, bereaved Armed Forces families and veterans of Afghanistan and previous conflicts to celebrate the Legion's 90th anniversary and help raise funds for The Royal British Legion Battle Back Centre. On 20 September, Westenra sang Laurence Binyon’s For The Fallen on a service of the 90th anniversary of the Royal British Legion held at Westminster Abbey in the presence of The Princess Royal, Church of England members and family of Royal Marines. On 5 December, Westenra performed solo "Whispers in a Dream" and duet with Rolando on the Royal Variety Performance show in the presence of the Princess Royal.
    On 3 March 2011, Westenra led one of the national anthems "God Defend New Zealand" in a London Westminster Cathedral vigil service together with about 5,000 Kiwis fundraising charity for her hometown Christchurch, after being devastated by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake on 22 February 2011.
    More Details Hide Details On 18 March, Westenra performed "Amazing Grace" in the national Christchurch memorial service at Hagley Park of Christchurch in the presence of Prince William, Prime Minister John Key, Bob Parker, Dame Malvina Major, Christchurch Cathedral Choir, dignitaries, international rescue teams and tens of thousands of New Zealanders. On 27 March, Westenra was invited to read out a testimony in the Christchurch memorial service at Westminster Abbey in the presence of The Prince of Wales, The High Commissioner from New Zealand to the United Kingdom and thousands of churchgoers. On 30 March, Westenra attended The News Of The World Children's Champion Awards in London for supporting those people (voted by the public) who have done a brilliant, unsung job for children. On 2 April, Westenra as a Vice-President of the Dame Vera Lynn Trust performed for this Children with Cerebral Palsy charity at the Lancaster London Hotel.
  • 2010
    Age 22
    On 7 March 2010, Classical singing star Hayley Westenra lent her support with some other most successful female role models in FMWFs "The Breaking the Mould" conference to inspire a generation of young women to aim high in their careers.
    More Details Hide Details On 20 Jun, Hayley Westenra took her role as Forces Sweetheart to the Cotswold Air Show, visiting Kemble to support the work of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. On 6 Oct, Forces songbird Hayley Westenra whose uncle served in the Royal New Zealand Air Force united with British legends for charity CD "We Will Remember Them".
  • 2009
    Age 21
    On 7 September 2009, She joined the Dame Vera Lynn Trust as a Vice-President for this Children with Cerebral Palsy charity.
    More Details Hide Details On 22 Oct, Forces sweethearts from the original Second World War Forces sweetheart-Dame Vera Lynn joined by one of today's Forces sweetheart Kiwi songbird Hayley Westenra in launching the Poppy Appeal with a fundraising goal of £31 million. In Dec, New forces sweetheart Hayley Westenra performed with Faryl Smith and Camilla Kerslake in a special service for British troops serving in Afghanistan from St Clements Church, London.
    On 16 July 2009, she performed at the Opening Ceremony of the World Games 2009 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan before 45,000 stadium audiences and numerous worldwide TV audiences.
    More Details Hide Details She sang several songs including Amazing Grace, The Prayer in English & Italian with Russell Watson, Pokarekare Ana in Māori with Russell Watson, We Are The Champions with other stars, Japanese translated song Nada Sousou (Tears For You) and The Moon Represents My Heart (月亮代表我的心) in Mandarin Chinese with SuJianXin. On 29 August, Westenra led the traditional singing of Abide with Me at the Rugby League Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium. On 7 November 2009, Hayley performed at the Festival of Remembrance, singing We'll Meet Again, made famous by Dame Vera Lynn during WWII, at the Royal Albert Hall. During the performance, an old recording of Lynn performing the song was played behind on the big screen. Lynn was present, as well as Her Majesty the Queen. On 5 February 2010, Westenra performed "Silent Night" on the soundtrack of Nativity! Later that year, on 30 October, Westenra staged a recital at the Shanghai Grand Theatre with international backing musicians in an east Asian concert tour. On 13 November, Westenra performed at the Festival of Remembrance, singing "For the Fallen", a poem by Laurence Binyon set to music by Karl Jenkins. It is featured on the special 10th anniversary edition of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace.
  • 2008
    Age 20
    In 2008, Westenra was selected by the New Zealand Society to receive the Global Kiwis Young Achiever Award for remarkable achievement in her field of endeavour on a global scale.
    More Details Hide Details She has also received numerous awards for her contributions to music, both in New Zealand and elsewhere.
    On 30 November, Westenra was presented by Elaine Paige with the Variety Club Showbiz Awards 2008 Classical Performer of the Year for raising money to help sick, disabled and disadvantaged children and young people.
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    On 1 October 2008, Westenra recorded as solo vocals in the CD "Different Voices" composed and conducted by Debbie Wiseman and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with narration by Stephen Fry and lyrics written by Don Black.
    More Details Hide Details On 8 November, Westenra performed at the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall, singing Today Won't Come Again, written by Geoff Stevens and Don Black, with English tenor Jonathan Ansell, and accompanied Ansell on Here's to the Heroes, by Black and John Barry, when returning soldiers proceeded into the auditorium.
    On 4 September 2008, Hayley Westenra became a patron of Royal New Zealand Air Force.
    More Details Hide Details In Oct, Forces songbird Hayley Westenra help launch the Poppy Appeal with British Armed Forces in Iraq. In Oct, Forces songbird Hayley Westenra and tenor Jonathan Ansell took to the streets to sell poppies at Waterloo Station to support the Royal British Legion. On 12 Nov, Westenra performed "River of Dreams", duet "Today Won't Come Again" with tenor Jonathan Ansell in the Royal Albert Hall for the Annual Festival of Remembrance and was broadcast by the BBC. In November, she was named "classical performer of the year" at the Variety Club's annual awards in London. She has also been the ambassador for Save the Children in Hong Kong. More recently, she took part in a breast cancer awareness campaign in New Zealand. One of the other charities that she helps is the Women's Environmental Network. Another major charity she supports is the Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy, which provides help for children who are disabled.
    On 25 June 2008, Westenra is the ambassador for Classic FM's charity Music Makers.
    More Details Hide Details Hayley says of the partnership "I am thrilled to be the first official charity Ambassador for Classic FM Music Makers. I have seen first hand the power which music can have in changing people's lives, and I can't wait to help all I can." Over the next few months Hayley will be visiting some of the music therapy and education projects across the UK, which Music Makers funds In September, she visited Ghana again on behalf of UNICEF. She was working on raising funds for one of her favourite projects in Ghana, to install playgrounds for children, with rides that harness "kid power" to drive pumps used for providing clean drinking water from wells in that country. Hundreds of thousands of children have been poisoned by contaminated drinking water in Ghana, and this project is a focus of Hayley's.
    On 7 August, Westenra performed solo and duet with Dame Malvina Major at St James's Church, Piccadilly among ChristChurch Cathedral Choir 2008 UK Tour.
    More Details Hide Details On 17 August, Westenra participated in the tribute concert Lyrics by Don Black, which was held at the London Palladium and featured performances of Black's songs by a selection of guest artists. She sang the duet Amigos Para Siempre, the score of which was written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with Jonathan Ansell. The evening, hosted by Michael Parkinson was recorded by BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night and broadcast on 22 August 2008. The song "Prayer", composed by Secret Garden and performed by Westenra, is featured in the Nintendo Wii videogame Endless Ocean as well as its advertising. Westenra also contributed several other songs, including her rendition of the Māori folk song "Pokarekare Ana".
  • 2007
    Age 19
    In Nov 2007, Hayley Westenra successfully staged Japan "treasure" concert tour in Fukuoka, Sapporo, Tokyo, Sendai, Nagoya, Osaka, Yokohama, Hiroshima.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2008, Hayley released an album for Japan, called Hayley Sings Japanese Songs. The songs include popular Japanese songs sung in English, and some in Japanese. Amazing Grace is performed as a duet with the late Minako Honda, in English and Japanese. A second Japanese album, Hayley Sings Japanese Songs 2, was released in March 2009, with a "mother" theme. All of the songs are about her gratefulness to her mother. She wrote, This album is dedicated to my loving mother thank you.
    On 28 July, she starred in Woburn LIVE 2007, where she performed a selection of the music of West Side Story with the other recording artists, including Vittorio Grigolo, from the 2007 release.
    More Details Hide Details In 2007, Hayley's vocals were featured in the soundtracks of the movie Flood and the television series, Jekyll, composed by Debbie Wiseman, in the UK.
    Westenra starred as Maria in the 2007 recording of West Side Story, which was released on 30 July.
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    On 6 May 2007, Westenra was invited to the Crystal Cathedral as a guest performing "Abide with Me" on the Hour of Power, an American Christian television program.
    More Details Hide Details She had performed there twice before, the first time singing "Amazing Grace" and the second time "I Say Grace".
    On the day before St. Patrick's Day 2007, she performed as part of Celtic Woman for President George W. Bush at the White House.
    More Details Hide Details She had plans to present the president with a petition to place a mandatory carbon cap on the United States. The goal of the petition was compliance with the commitment made by President Bill Clinton in previous years to follow the Kyoto Protocol. However, she was not able to present the petition because the president was rushed away after the concert, due to security concerns.
    Westenra's third international album, Treasure, was released on 26 February 2007 in the UK.
    More Details Hide Details All the songs on this CD were chosen by Westenra, who gave her record company "no say in the matter. I basically didn't let them in on what I was recording until the last minute so they had no choice. I didn't give them much room to disagree." Tracks on this album include "E Pari Ra", "One Fine Day", "Let Me Lie", "Danny Boy", and "Abide with Me". Westenra co-wrote four of the fifteen tracks, and the album also features singer Humphrey Berney. The US/Australia/NZ edition followed in March under the name Celtic Treasure. Westenra dedicated the album to her grandmother, Shirley Ireland. Inside the sleeve of the British edition, she wrote "I come from a musical family, and one with a real sense of history. My forefathers were on the maiden voyage from Ireland to Christchurch, New Zealand in 1850 – there's even a commemoration plaque in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, which bears the name Westenra. My grandmother used to sit me on her knee and sing songs like Danny Boy from as early as I can remember. A singer herself in her earlier years, she has always been a never-ending source of songs. It's this legacy of music that she's been passing down to me since my childhood, and it's many of these beautiful old songs that I've explored here on my album."
  • 2006
    Age 18
    A more recent version of Odyssey containing several recordings not on the original album was released in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2006, her 19th birthday.
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    In 2006 as a part of the Canterbury Festival (27 Oct), Westenra performed a concert with tenor Alfie Boe in Canterbury Cathedral.
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    In August 2006, Westenra joined Celtic Woman and is featured on their second major DVD/CD album, Celtic Woman: A New Journey, which was released 30 January 2007 and immediately hit the Billboard Top 200 music chart at #4.
    More Details Hide Details She toured with the group in the United States in 2007, with scheduled appearances in 88 venues across the country; the tour ended in June. During this time, Hayley alternated with Méav Ní Mhaolchatha, who had recently returned from maternity leave, to maintain a five-member line-up. She also got along well with another member, Chloë Agnew, who was at the time only 17 years old.
    After releasing Pure, Westenra and her family moved to London. She continues to reside in a central London flat, even though her family subsequently returned home to Christchurch. Although she spent most of 2006 touring, she did visit them when her schedule allowed.
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    On 13 November 2006 she participated in the dedication of the New Zealand War Memorial in London.
    More Details Hide Details Three of Westenra's great-uncles served in World War II; one was killed.
    On 5 September 2006, Westenra was named as one of the ten outstanding young people in the world by the Junior Chamber International, becoming the first New Zealander so honoured.
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    Westenra spent the first half of 2006 performing as a supporting act for the pop-opera quartet Il Divo on a worldwide tour, though in March she performed solo concerts in the US as well.
    More Details Hide Details That tour officially ended in June, but was then extended by six performances. She then held several concerts in the UK and Germany through the end of the northern summer.
  • 2005
    Age 17
    On 18 December 2005, she made an appearance on Kurt Browning's programme Gotta Skate, in which she performed with Andrea Bocelli.
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    A mix of classical, pop, Celtic, and new-age music, she co-wrote and arranged some of the tracks on the album, which was released in the United States on 18 October 2005.
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    In 2005, she released a new album, Odyssey.
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  • 2004
    Age 16
    In 2004, Westenra was recorded a live DVD, Hayley Westenra: Live from New Zealand, featured duet with baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes and soprano Sophie Westenra in St. James Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details David Horn, the producer of her live TV special, which aired on PBS' Great Performances, said, "Her singing is so gorgeous, it's reminiscent of the great boy-soprano sound of Anglican church choirs."
    She concluded 2004 with a Christmas tour of the East Coast of the United States as guest soloist with the Boston Pops Orchestra.
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    On 28 July 2004, Westenra and American tenor James Doing staged Wisconsin concert with Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and broadcast by Wisconsin Public Television.
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    Also in 2004, she began her world tour of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, USA and Britain, performing in a concert in November for Her Majesty The Queen, the Prime Minister Tony Blair, The Prince of Wales, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice and the President at the time George W. Bush.
    More Details Hide Details In her autobiography, she remembered feeling more nervous in an audition where she sight read to Andrew Lloyd Webber an unreleased piece that he had written.
    On 20 February 2004, Prime Minister Helen Clark awarded her for being the first New Zealand artist to receive the tenfold platinum status in the New Zealand market, where she held the number one artist position for 18 weeks.
    More Details Hide Details She has won two Japanese Grammies for her work (Song of the Year, "Amazing Grace" and Album of the Year, Pure). Her version of Amazing Grace was used as the theme song for the popular Japanese drama, Shiroi Kyoto (The White Tower). Hayley met the cast of the series during a promotional tour of Japan in October 2003.
    Westenra was the 2004 Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards winner of "Highest Selling New Zealand Album" and "International Achievement Award".
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  • 2003
    Age 15
    On 24 August 2003, Westenra performed on the stage with opera tenor José Carreras and Bryn Terfel in front of the capacity crowd of 10,000 people from Faenol Festival in Wales.
    More Details Hide Details Decca has also promoted Westenra on television. She took her first acting role on the US programme American Dreams ("Charade"), where she played guitar and sang "Who Painted the Moon Black?". While she was being promoted in Los Angeles, Marc Johnston, senior VP/GM for the Universal Classics Group, said, "When she was out there, people were giving her scripts to read, and she had a few rather impromptu auditions. So some film and TV roles are currently in the works." In 2005, she was featured in the song "Bridal Ballad" recorded for the movie The Merchant of Venice. In 2006, she was featured on the motion picture soundtrack for The New World with the song "Listen to the Wind".
  • 2000
    Age 12
    She won a talent quest in her first year (Year 9) at Burnside High School, which she attended from 2000 to 2003.
    More Details Hide Details At 12, Westenra entered a professional recording studio to record Walking in the Air, a demo album originally created for friends and family. At first, her parents paid for 70 copies; soon after, 1,000 more were cut for sale, hand-out, and publicity. After finishing her album, Westenra and her sister Sophie busked in Christchurch, giving away a few of the original 70 albums (at the behest of passersby) and selling some of the latter 1000. The pair drew large crowds, and one woman asked the girls if they had ever recorded anything. The woman, a journalist with Canterbury Television, asked Westenra to appear on air. Gray Bartlett, the director of a concert promotion company, saw the show and became interested in working with Westenra. Shortly after, she was offered a recording deal with Universal Records New Zealand. On that label, Westenra, who in the meantime was attending Burnside High School, released a self-titled album of show tunes and light classical songs, as well as My Gift to You, a CD of Christmas music. Following the success of her albums, she was offered and later received lessons from Dame Malvina Major.
  • 1998
    Age 10
    Westenra attended Cobham Intermediate School in 1998 and 1999, where a performing arts building was later named in her honour.
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  • 1987
    Born on April 10, 1987.
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