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On the face of it, it’s a wonder that Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins haven’t collaborated more.  Both are from distinctly non traditional classical backgrounds, he from Fleetwood, Lancashire and she from Neath, South Wales.  They even both won scholarships to distinguished music colleges (Royal College of Music and Royal Academy of Music, respectively) although their route to these life changing opportunities were markedly different.  However, it is their choices taken after graduating that may indicate the reason as to why their forthcoming duet on Katherine’s new album is only their second collaboration (they previously performed together at a John Barry tribute in 2011).

After graduating, Alfie began performing in opera houses around the world, taking the more traditional route of trained opera singers, whilst Katherine signed the biggest recording deal in classical music (at the time) at the age of 23.  Hit album after hit album for her label, Decca, followed and although she was often asked about venturing onto the stage in an operatic role, that has never really been part of the plan.

Katherine Jenkins was born in 1980 and began singing as a child, appearing in the Choirgirl of the Year competition and the BBC radio 2 Welsh Choirgirl of the Year (winning twice).  She was also a member of the Royal School of Church Music Cathedral Singers and the National Youth Choir of Wakes.  A performance at a mass honouring the Pope’s silver jubilee at Westminster Cathedral followed her graduation from the Royal Academy of Music and she also supported Aled Jones on tour, before performing at the Sydney Opera House as a special guest of Max Boyce.  Since then, in between releasing her albums, and appearing on Dancing with the Stars on US TV (she came second) she has also been the Forces Sweetheart, only last month appearing at the D Day 70th anniversary commemorations at the Royal Albert Hall.  As I write this, I’m struck by the thought that maybe this early career trajectory is also in the minds of those masterminding soprano Laura Wright’s career.  Laura is also signed to Decca, has a couple of hit albums to her name and also appeared at those D Day commemorations, albeit in France in the morning and not at the Royal Albert Hall in the evening.

Katherine is now back with the label that started it all, Decca, after an ill-fated detour with Warner Bros.  I’m guessing the title of her new album, 10 years after her first signing, Home Sweet Home, is about more than just returning to a more traditional classical repertoire.

Perhaps we will see more of Katherine and Alfie together in the future, given that they have duetted on Barcelona.  Certainly, their PR machines seem to be working in accordance; tracks from both albums were played by John Suchet on his ClassicFM radio show recently, both have CD and calendar bundles available from Decca and both albums are due for release on the same day, 17th November.  Click here to pre-order Alfie Boe’s Serenata and Katherine Jenkins’ Home Sweet Home.

Let’s take another look at Barcelona, from the Edinburgh Castle concert last weekend:

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Hot on the heels of the news that Alfie Boe has recorded Barcelona on Katherine Jenkins’ new album, we heard the song live for the first time.

Alfie and Katherine appeared at the “Live at Edinburgh Castle” concert ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Games and while all the pop acts got at least two songs each, the classical acts had to put up with only one, much to the consternation of their fans!  Twitter and facebook were (and still are) awash with comments along the lines of “why only one song”.

Still, in the case of Alfie and Katherine, what a corker their one song was!  If you haven’t seen it yet, or even if you have and want to see it again…and again…and again, here it is:

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Earlier in the year, Alfie Boe fans were thrilled to discover that he was recording a song for a Decca label mate’s next album.  Speculation was rife as to the artist in question and the song they would sing together…now I’m happy to say that I was right and Alfie will be appearing on Katherine Jenkins’ new album, Home Sweet Home.  The  song is Barcelona, so memorably performed with Laura Wright at the Freddie for a Day evening last year.  This version made the top 5 f the recent Alfie Boe’s Best Ever Duet poll so no pressure for this version then!

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Alfie fans were spoilt when the album was released as it was released on the same day  Serenata.  Serenata is also available for to buy, so if you haven’t yet done so, click on the album cover below:

 

Great to see Alfie duetting with Katherine on her new album, they have sung together before, although this will be with first time on an album.  The previous occasion was at the Classic Brits in 2011 when they teamed up for a John Barry tribute and again at Edinburgh Castle in advance of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (just don’t ask Alfie what Commonwealth sports he likes!):

 

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Laura Wright was one of two singers (the other was Emilia Mitiku) to receive two nominations for your favourite duet with Alfie Boe.  Indeed, both were nominated for Angel From Montgomery although neither ended up on the short list with it.

I first became aware of Laura through – well, if it’s on this blog, how else would I know her I can hear you all say! It’s no secret that I, along with many other fans, have been introduced to many others singers and genres of music by Alfie.

Although I wasn’t able to attend any of the Bring Him Home tour or the summer 2012 concerts that Laura performed at with Alfie, I fell in love with her voice by watching the many YouTube clips that are out there. At the time, it was hard to believe that she had yet to graduate from the Royal College of Music, so self assured did she seem. This may have been down to her previous incarnation as part of the female vocal group, All Angels.

Since then, Laura has gone from strength to strength, recording the official Diamond Jubilee song, Stronger As One as well as releasing her second solo album, The Rose. She has continued to perform in concert and I was lucky enough to see and hear her at the Huawei Winter Concert at the Royal Festival Hall in December 2013.

Fans of Laura will know that she is incredibly fit; most of her blog posts are about fitness and she was a natural choice to run the London Marathon for Nordoff Robbins, the music therapy charity of which she, like Alfie, is an ambassador. Unfortunately, in the (pardon the pun) run up to the 2013 event, Laura suffered an injury which meant she had to pull out. Thankfully, there was no such occurrence this year and she completed the 26 miles, stopping along the way to sing Jerusalem at Tower Bridge!

As if all this wasn’t enough, her brand new EP, Sound of Strength was released the next day. A bargain at under £2, the tracks showcase Laura’s beautiful voice to an accompaniment of drum and bass sampling. Some may not like this approach but it’s a great way to bring classical music to a new audience. The stand out track for me was Nessun Dorma, a song I’m far more used to listening to tenors sing!  Click here to buy Laura’s music on Amazon.

Enjoy Laura and Alfie singing Barcelona – UK fans will also thrill to this on ITV Perspectives tonight – 10pm.  Anyone going to be watching???

 

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Alfie Boe fans are truly blessed at the moment – on 5th September Alfie performed at the Freddie for a Day event in London, organized by the Mercury Phoenix Trust. We knew next to nothing about what Alfie would sing at this event and were not particularly hopeful that we would find out anytime soon.  After all, Alfie performed at this event last year and no videos have emerged yet. The event came and went and a couple of details were tweeted; namely, that Alfie sang the Freddie Mercury / Montserrat Caballe duet “Barcelona” with soprano Laura Wright.  Again, we all wished for a video to appear from somewhere but didn’t really think it would happen.

Imagine our surprise and delight then when someone (whoever you are, a huge thank you from all Alfie fans everywhere) posted the following video on youtube.  I defy anyone to watch this and not be swept off their feet by Alfie and Laura!  Oh, and if anyone feels like sharing Alfie’s solo song (Love of my Life) please don’t be shy!!!