Katherine Jenkins
Welsh classical crossover singer
Katherine Jenkins
Katherine Jenkins is a Welsh lyric mezzo-soprano. She is a popular classical-crossover singer who performs across a spectrum of operatic arias, popular songs, musical theatre and hymns. After winning singing competitions in her youth, Jenkins studied at the Royal Academy of Music, modelled and taught voice. She came to wide public attention in 2003 when she sang at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II's silver jubilee.
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Review: Katherine Jenkins, a Little Bit Classical, a Little Bit Pop
NYTimes - 11 months
Ms. Jenkins brings her quasi-operatic show, “Viva la Diva,” to Café Carlyle.
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Millionaire Offers To House Texas Tornado Victims For A Dollar A Month
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A millionaire is using his real estate to help those who lost their homes in the devastating storms that ripped through Texas last month, claiming at least 11 lives. Ron Sturgeon, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, is lending two of his mansions to tornado victims who lost their homes. According to CBS DFW, the two mansions can fit about four families between the two properties and tenants would have to pay just $1 a month.    The first family -- single mother Catherine Jenkins and her daughter, Amber, who is quadriplegic -- moved into one of the mansions last week.  "It is just overwhelming. We're going to be so happy just to be able to rest finally," Catherine, whose house in Garland, Texas, was completely destroyed in the tornado, told NBC DFW. "This is beyond anything I ever dreamed." Sturgeon, who had left the country on vacation a day after the storms hit, said that he felt compelled to take action after seeing images of the devastation on the news.  ...
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Millionaire Offers To House Texas Tornado Victims For A Dollar A Month
Huffington Post - about 1 year
A millionaire is using his real estate to help those who lost their homes in the devastating storms that ripped through Texas last month, claiming at least 11 lives. Ron Sturgeon, who lives in Fort Worth, Texas, is lending two of his mansions to tornado victims who lost their homes. According to CBS DFW, the two mansions can fit about four families between the two properties and tenants would have to pay just $1 a month.    The first family -- single mother Catherine Jenkins and her daughter, Amber, who is quadriplegic -- moved into one of the mansions last week.  "It is just overwhelming. We're going to be so happy just to be able to rest finally," Catherine, whose house in Garland, Texas, was completely destroyed in the tornado, told NBC DFW. "This is beyond anything I ever dreamed." Sturgeon, who had left the country on vacation a day after the storms hit, said that he felt compelled to take action after seeing images of the devastation on the news.    ...
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Amazing Grace sings with stars to raise £1.6m for Alder Hey
Isle Of Man Today - almost 2 years
A nine-year-old Manx girl has performed at a star-studded Alder Hey Charity Ball, receiving a standing ovation, and helping to raise £1.6m in Liverpool for the children’s hospital. Grace Lee was born with complex congenital heart disease and lung disease and was asked to sing at the event after the success of her singing in Liverpool One in September last year. In September Grace stunned the hundreds of onlookers gathered at Liverpool city centre with her performance, backed by a choir of around 800 Alder Hey and Shop Direct employees. The nine-year-old has already undergone several operations, including multiple open heart surgeries, at Liverpool’s Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. Other stars performing at the charity ball included Katherine Jenkins, Olly Murs and John Bishop. Also in attendance were football legends Kenny Dalglish, Jamie Carrager and John Barnes who helped raise cash for lifesaving equipment. The event was moved from the atrium of the rebuilt hospital due to high ...
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British church bells ring out in VE Day celebrations
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
Cathedrals and churches across Britain rang their bells on Saturday as part of the three-day commemorations marking the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day). London's St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey joined in the tribute while the HMS Ocean, one of the Royal Navy's largest ships, sounded its horn. Celebrations carried on into the evening with a concert at Horse Guards Parade in London, including performances from opera diva Katherine Jenkins, pop singer Pixie Lott and veteran rockers Status Quo.
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PINK is officially the new black when dressing for sucess
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Holly Willoughby, Katherine Jenkins and Samantha Cameron are all fans and high street spring/summer collections are awash with different shades of pink from pale nude to bubblegum
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Bond to star with Katherine Jenkins
Birdlington Free Pass - about 3 years
Bond, the biggest-selling string quartet, have been announced as special guest stars for the Culture Classic concert at the Blue Bell Hotel, Burton Agnes.
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Nocturnal Lagophthalmos: Katherine Jenkins' Condition, Explained
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Singer Katherine Jenkins sleeps with her eyes open because of a condition called nocturnal lagophthalmos, according to news reports. "My eyes don't close properly -- they are always at least half open -- and when I go to sleep I look like I’m still awake," the 33-year-old told The Telegraph. Lagophthalmos is a condition where a person is unable to fully close his or her eyelids, while nocturnal lagophthalmos is when the eyelids cannot be fully closed during sleep. The inability to fully close the eyelids can lead to eye irritation, as proper eye closing and blinking function are needed for the eye's tear film and cornea to stay healthy, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology's EyeNet Magazine. Most often, people with lagophthalmos will experience an increase in tearing, as well as pain in the mornings because of eye dryness, according to EyeNet. The U.S. Vision Center of Excellence also reported that a "foreign body sensation" may be experienced by people with the c ...
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Win a pair of tickets to see Katherine Jenkins!
The Citizen - over 3 years
The Tatton Park Picnic Concerts return next month for what is one of the most breath-taking North West musical experiences of the summer calendar. On Saturday July 20, The Human League is heading to the lakeside setting for an evening on the estate in Knutsford, Cheshire and Katherine Jenkins will be joined by the National Symphony Orchestra on Sunday July 21. We have teamed up with the organisers of these spectacular concerts to promote their competition to give four very lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to see Katherine Jenkins perform at Tatton Park on Sunday July 21. Tickets are on sale now, and available from http://www.tattonparkconcerts.com/
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Katherine Jenkins leads the style set as glamorous racegoers descend for day one of Royal Ascot
Daily Mail (UK) - over 3 years
The Welsh soprano was resplendent in bright orange silk and looked in high spirits, despite the squalls of rain. She was joined by Bollywood megastar, Aishwarya Rai.
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Break Time: Beyonce plus Katherine Jenkins equals the perfect gal?
Fox News - over 3 years
Need a break? Check out these three stories. 
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The 'Ideal Celebrity Woman' Looks... Terrifying
Huffington Post - over 3 years
What would the ideal female celebrity look like? Kind of terrifying, if this image is anything to go by. MSN News reports that British supermarket chain Morrisons surveyed 1,000 male and 1,000 female customers about their favorite celebrity body parts. And the resulting composite image just looks... wrong. (Click through to MSN to see the full image.) The body parts that make up this frightening face include Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger's eyes, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins's hair and Prime Minister's wife Samantha Cameron's nose. Previous versions of the "ideal woman" have looked equally bizarre. In January 2012, British beauty website FeelUnique.com asked 9,350 shoppers which celebrity body parts they coveted most highly. It turns out that mixing Kiera Knightly's cheekbones with Angela Jolie's lips, along with features from Kate Middleton, Megan Fox and Gwyneth Paltrow, doesn't work particularly well. The Morrisons survey asked customers abo ...
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Two thirds of women feel the need to wear make-up to go to the gym
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Of those questioned, nearly a fifth said that like opera singer Katherine Jenkins (pictured) they would wear full face make-up for a marathon or public fun-run.
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Katherine Jenkins simply can't help stealing the limelight, says JAN MOIR
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 4 years
Just when you thought that we had been beaten into submission by the never-ending brilliance and talent of our favourite stars, Katherine Jenkins does something to astound, again.
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Queen leads Margaret Thatcher mourners at funeral
Yorkshire Evening Post - almost 4 years
The Queen led mourners at the ceremonial funeral of Baroness Thatcher in St Paul’s Cathedral today, as thousands lined the streets of London to pay their respects to the first female prime minister of the United Kingdom. Lady Thatcher, who died last week aged 87, was given full military honours, with the coffin bearing her body brought in procession to the cathedral on a gun carriage drawn by six black horses. At St Paul’s, a congregation of more than 2,300 included all of her successors as prime minister - Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron - as well as dignitaries from 170 countries around the globe. They heard an address from Bishop of London Richard Chartres which, in keeping with the former PM’s request for a religious funeral service rather than a memorial with eulogies, focused on her humanity rather than her political legacy. Hailing Lady Thatcher’s “perseverance and courage”, the Bishop recalled the obstacles she had to overcome to enter Parliament ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Katherine Jenkins
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    She is booked to return there in July 2016.
    More Details Hide Details During March and April 2013, Jenkins went on tour with Il Divo for their first and only European and UK tour. She also participated in the 2013 U.S. Memorial Day Concert in Washington, D.C., singing a selection from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem and You'll Never Walk Alone from Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel.
  • 2015
    Age 34
    On 9 May 2015 she performed at VE Day 70: A Party to Remember in Horse Guards Parade, London.
    More Details Hide Details On 23 December 2006, Jenkins appeared on ITV's Parkinson show, backed by the Froncysyllte Male Voice Choir and a brass band. She made a cameo appearance in two episodes of Emmerdale which saw 11.6 million viewers tune in to find out who killed popular character Tom King, who was murdered on Christmas Day. She also appeared in the show on 16 and 17 May 2007, which saw her opening the village pageant. In July 2007, she performed live on Saving Planet Earth on BBC 1 to raise money for the BBC Wildlife Fund. On 12 August 2007 she appeared on ITV's Britain's Favourite View, nominating Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula as Britain's favourite view. She commented; "I grew up on the edge of the Gower, but it was still a holiday place for our family. We’d go on weekend breaks to Three Cliffs Bay – six miles down the road! That’s how gorgeous it is."
    Jenkins gave birth to their first child, a daughter, in New York City in September 2015.
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    On 13 April 2015, Jenkins announced that she was expecting her first child with her husband Levitas.
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    In 2015, Jenkins provided the spoken word vocals to the track "A Perfect Life" on Steven Wilson's album Hand.
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  • 2014
    Age 33
    Jenkins and Levitas later announced their engagement in April 2014. The couple married at Hampton Court Palace on 27 September 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Later, a religious blessing was conducted by a Vicar from her hometown.
    In February 2014, she began dating American artist and film actor-director Andrew Levitas.
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    Jenkins was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to music and for charitable services.
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    Jenkins ran the 2013 London Marathon, raising £25,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of her father.
    More Details Hide Details She finished the course in 5 hours 26 minutes.
    In April 2013, Jenkins attended the funeral of Baroness Thatcher in St Paul's Cathedral.
    More Details Hide Details It was believed she was invited because of her charity work with the armed forces.
  • 2012
    Age 31
    On 20 and 21 July 2012, Jenkins sang in concert with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah at the annual Pioneer Day Concert 2012 broadcast on BYU-TV and various PBS television stations worldwide.
    More Details Hide Details During her run on the 14th season of the show, Jenkins continually scored ceiling-high scores, enabling her to top the weekly judges leaderboard more time than anyone else on the season (six times out of ten). Her foxtrot in the first week of the competition was rewarded 26 points, matching the record for the second-highest score given in week one at the time. Her waltz in week 3 was tremendously praised and Jenkins was rewarded 29 points, which was the record for the highest score ever given in week three at the time. Jenkins made her way all the way to the semifinals, getting at least 27 points of judges' score for every dances but two occasions only. During her salsa in the semifinals, Jenkins' partner Mark Ballas accidentally kicked her in the back, leading to a spasm that made Jenkins mess up her final moves, but she advanced to the finals nonetheless, along with Donald Driver and William Levy. Jenkins bounced back in the finale, getting perfect score 30 out of 30 for all three of her dances, and eventually finished as a runner-up to Driver. Her performances average was 27.9, the third highest ever in the show's history at the time.
    In February 2012, Jenkins was announced as one of the contestants on the fourteenth season of the American celebrity ballroom show, Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details She was partnered with two-time champion Mark Ballas. Jenkins and Ballas came runners-up in the competition.
    In Spring 2012, she competed on the US television show Dancing with the Stars, finishing in second place, behind NFL Super Bowl champion Donald Driver.
    More Details Hide Details Jenkins was born in Neath, Wales, where she and her sister Laura were raised by their parents Selwyn John and Susan. She attended Alderman Davies Church in Wales Primary School in Neath and later Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, received A grades in GCSEs and A Levels and participated in productions such as Calamity Jane and Guys and Dolls. She attended singing lessons with John Hugh Thomas and passed her Grade 8 examinations with distinction in both singing and piano.
  • 2011
    Age 30
    On 23 October 2011, Jenkins appeared live on US television network, FOX from Wembley Stadium, performing "God Save the Queen" before the NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Chicago Bears.
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    Jenkins appeared as the featured singer on 11 April 2011 episode of ABC's show Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) singing "Con te partirò" (Time to Say Goodbye) and "O mio babbino caro".
    More Details Hide Details She later sang "The Flower Duet" with DWTS regular Beverley Staunton.
    In February 2011, they became engaged, but on 30 December 2011, Jenkins and Jones announced that they were no longer together.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2010
    Age 29
    She also appeared in the 2010 Christmas Special of Doctor Who, "A Christmas Carol", in which she played Abigail Pettigrew—her first major acting role.
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    Jenkins started 2010 by appearing as one of two mentors on ITV1s prime time Friday night show, Popstar to Operastar.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the year, she appeared on the ITV1 game show Magic Numbers, acting as magician and show host Stephen Mulhern's assistant in the UK TV premiere of an illusion in which she was sawed in half inside a clear box.
    Jenkins performed at the opening night gala Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod in July 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Her performance was very well received by an appreciative full house.
    On 3 July 2010, Jenkins took the stage at Cheltenham Racecourse, with the National Symphony Orchestra.
    More Details Hide Details She was supported by violinist Diana Yukawa.
    On 11 June 2010, Jenkins performed a live comedy routine with Armenian comedy pianist Kev Orkian for a private birthday party at which Motown legend Lionel Richie performed, along with the LSO (London Symphony Orchestra) and comedians Bobby Davro and Jethro.
    More Details Hide Details The comedy sketch was an updated version of an old Victor Borge routine which Orkian had written and developed with Jenkins. In her official blog, Jenkins mentions that she may one day perform the routine in public.
    On 24 May 2010, as part of the Argentina Bicentennial she performed the Canadian Anthem at the Argentina VS.
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    Jenkins was scheduled to do her first Arena tour in March 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 28
    On 12 November 2009, Jenkins performed a duet with cellist Julian Lloyd Webber for Children in Need at the Royal Albert Hall.
    More Details Hide Details The same month, Jenkins performed "I Believe" (from Believe) with Andrea Bocelli on his PBS Christmas Special. The duet appears in his album, My Christmas.
    On Saturday 12 September 2009 she performed in Hyde Park for Proms in the Park.
    More Details Hide Details On Monday 21 September she performed at the memorial service for Sir Bobby Robson, singing "Pie Jesu" at the request of Lady Robson.
    On 8 July 2009 Jenkins performed at the opening ceremony of the Ashes Test Series between England and Australia at Sophia Gardens cricket ground in Cardiff.
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  • 2008
    Age 27
    This was Jenkins's third concert with Domingo having performed with him in Hong Kong in 2008 and Athens in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details They then performed together in May 2009 at The Classical Brit Awards.
    She performed the Welsh National Anthem on 17 May 2008 at the 2008 FA Cup Final between Cardiff City and Portsmouth, becoming the first person to do this at an FA Cup Final.
    More Details Hide Details At the beginning of 2009, Jenkins performed in South Korea with Plácido Domingo.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    In November 2007 she sang again at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and was named classical performer of the year at the Variety Club Showbiz Awards.
    More Details Hide Details With Darcey Bussell she has appeared in a stage song-and-dance production, entitled Viva la Diva, paying tribute to stars including Madonna and the late Judy Garland (who died in 1969). The show opened in Manchester in November 2007. Jenkins learned to tap dance, spending eight hours a week learning the choreography and running three miles a day to get fit.
    In September 2007 Jenkins modeled at Naomi Campbell's Fashion Relief event for charity in a Julien Macdonald dress which was then bought by Sir Philip Green for £10,000.
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    In July 2007 Jenkins gave a concert at Margam Park in south Wales, performing alongside Paul Potts and Juan Diego Flórez.
    More Details Hide Details Jenkins extended a personal invitation to Potts to sing "Nessun dorma" at the concert.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    In November 2006 she performed before the Queen at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and joined fellow Welsh singer James Fox in the final verse of "Anthem" from the musical Chess.
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  • 2005
    Age 24
    Jenkins's Italian-language version of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" ("L'Amore Sei Tu"), first performed live at Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire on 28 August 2005, was the first cut on her third album Living a Dream.
    More Details Hide Details After that album was released, uniquely, she held the top three positions in the classical crossover music chart. The album held the number one position for nearly a year and reached number four in the pop album charts. Jenkins repeated the success of Second Nature with her Living a Dream album when she won the classical BRIT award for Album of the Year for a second time. Her fourth album, Serenade was released on 6 November 2006 and reached number five in the mainstream charts selling more than 50,000 copies in its first week, a record in the genre. The top four albums on HMV's classical charts were hers. Her fifth album, Rejoice, was released on 19 November 2007 and included songs written specially for her, two by Take That's Gary Barlow. The album entered the pop album charts at number three, beating the Spice Girls and Girls Aloud. Jenkins commented "I never imagined when I was a young girl listening to them on the radio that I would outsell the Spice Girls and Celine Dion. It’s almost too much to take in. I can’t thank my fans enough for all their support."
    She performed at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway, on 11 December 2005.
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    With the Blue Man Group, Jenkins sang "I Feel Love" in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance on 21 November 2005.
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    At the Berlin stage of Live 8 in 2005, Jenkins sang the hymn "Amazing Grace", and she later helped to launch The Royal British Legion's poppy appeal at Covent Garden whilst wearing a dress made of 2,500 poppies.
    More Details Hide Details On 27 August 2005 Katherine performed Abide With Me at the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff which was attended by 74,213 spectators. During the Anthem BBC cameras captured the infamous moment of a Hull FC fan being bought to tears during Katherine's rendition of Abide with Me. The moment is still shown in flashbacks on televised Challenge Cup games.
    On 22 January 2005 Jenkins sang in Cardiff at the Tsunami Relief Concert and in April and May of that year supported Irish tenor Ronan Tynan on his first US tour as a solo artist.
    More Details Hide Details That May she sang at Trafalgar Square to a 15,000-strong audience celebrating the 60th Anniversary of VE Day.
    Jenkins was the first person to perform the Home Nations anthem "The Power of Four" and began to appear regularly to sing the Welsh national anthem "Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" at Welsh international rugby union matches, singing with Bryn Terfel at the 2005 Wales vs. England Six Nations match at the Millennium Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details She is now the official mascot for the Wales rugby union team.
    She is the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards: her second album, Second Nature, reached number 16 in the UK Albums Chart, and was Album of the Year in the 2005 BRIT Awards.
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  • 2004
    Age 23
    Six out of seven of Jenkins's studio albums reached number one in the UK classical charts between 2004 and 2008, selling a total of more than 4 million copies.
    More Details Hide Details After her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year.
  • 2003
    Age 22
    At the Rugby World Cup in 2003 she made her Sydney Opera House debut as a guest of fellow Welshman, Max Boyce and, in August 2004, her first USA appearance, supporting Hayley Westenra at Joe's Pub in New York City.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2000
    Age 19
    After working as a freelance singing teacher, a tour guide on the London Eye and as a model, she entered a modelling competition and became the Face of Wales 2000.
    More Details Hide Details She then decided to follow a musical career. Universal Classics and Jazz heard her demo and she was invited to an interview at which she sang Rossini's "Una voce poco fa". Universal offered Jenkins a six-album deal, the most lucrative in the United Kingdom's classical recording history, reportedly worth £1 million.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 10
    Between 1991 and 1996, Jenkins was a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and passed the St Cecilia Award, the highest RSCM award for female choristers.
    More Details Hide Details She was also a member of the National Youth Choir of Wales for three years, won the BBC Radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year contest (twice), and the BET Welsh Choirgirl of the Year competition. She was also awarded the Pelenna Valley Male Voice Choir Scholarship for the most promising young singer. At the age of 17 she won a scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music, graduating with honours and receiving a music teacher's diploma.
  • 1980
    Born
    Born on June 29, 1980.
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