We’ve all learned to do things a little ‘differently’ during lockdown, educate our kids, exercise, work and the list goes on. Singer Katherine Jenkins is no exception and has been involved in some unusual performances this last few months.

Only recently she sang to an empty Royal Albert Hall as part of the VE Day Celebration events. Incidentally, the half hour show was incredible.

And now, she has entertained care home residents with a live streamed concert from her back garden, with Vodafone UK, and gave them a chance to hear, and join in with the songs she sang.

Thousands watched the show, either from communal areas, or in their rooms if they were isolating. Their family members were also given the chance to watch the live stream from home. Like the Albert Hall concert, people across the UK, came together to enjoy this special event, as these pictures from Sassy Films show.

The concert was broadcast from Katherines’ garden where she sang songs like We’ll Meet Again, ‘A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square and You’ll Never Walk Alone’. Of course, residents needed no encouragement to sing along too.

Katherine made a special birthday request from one resident, Audrey Grogan, who is 109 years old in this month. She was given a personal dedication of the the song You Are My Sunshine. Residents also returned the favour and burst into a chorus of Happy Birthday to mark Katherines’ 40th birthday at the end of June.

Here’s a little something which happened after the cameras stopped rolling. Perfect song for a perfect day……

It may not be how we chose to live our lives, but lockdown has presented all of us with some unusual events over the last few months and perhaps this is not something Katherine would normally get a chance to do, but she said she was delighted to have put on this performance.

“Singing is so good for the soul. I love the idea and it’s such a joyful thing to be involved in so I hope everyone enjoyed it.”

It’s been quite a lockdown for Katherine, with the VE Day concert, live stream, her 40th birthday and now the release of her new album CINEMA PARADISO.

Katherine tweeted…….

‘So excited to (finally) bring you my new album ‘Cinema Paradiso’ – a collection of songs from my favourite movie moments. Little did I know when I made this at the end of last year that we would all be so invested in films, turning to them for escapism, entertainment and a bit of nostalgia. It’s been a lovely, uplifting album to make and I really hope it brings you some happiness.’

Here’s the title track performed with the incredible Alberto Urso.

You can buy yourself the album, which is this weeks number on bestseller. Just click on the CD cover below.

South Wales singer Katherine officially became the world’s most successful Classical Singer this year, having 13 number one albums in 12 years since signing to Universal Classics at the age of 23. Then a school teacher, she burst onto the music scene in 2003 when she performed at Westminster Cathedral in honour of Pope John Paul II’s Silver Jubilee. She became the mascot for her much beloved Welsh Rugby Team, singing the anthem before important international matches & had her debut performance at the Sydney Opera House.

She learned to sing as a chorister of St. David’s Church choir in Neath. Her love of music was well nurtured in the Welsh Valleys, where she had the opportunity to join choral groups, perform with Welsh Male Voice Choirs as well as take part in the Eisteddfod & other musical events. She has always accredited her down to earth nature with her Welsh roots & her amazing family who she lovingly calls ‘The Taffia’. Sadly, Katherine’s father Selwyn passed away from cancer when she was just 15 and since then his memory has been a driving force in her life every album, every award has been dedicated to him.

Katherine has done it all, sold out tours, performed & recorded with the like of Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli, Jose Carreras, David Foster, Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Bryn Terfyl, Rolando Villazon, Juan Diego Florez & Il Divo. She sang ‘God Save The Queen’ at Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, performed at The Queens Coronation Concerts at Buckingham Palace and at Her Majesty’s 90th birthday celebrations at Windsor Castle.

She’s been a TV singing contest mentor, appeared in the BBC’s iconic Dr Who Christmas Special, tap danced her way through ‘Viva la Diva’ with Prima Ballerina Darcey Bussell as well as, most notably, winning 2nd place in the U.S. TV show ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2012.

But it’s clear that performing is what Katherine loves most. She’ll be out on the road again giving us all the chance to hear songs from her new album, and of course old favourites too.

Unfortunately, she and we will have to wait till next year to see her live again. Her 2021 tour brings her to Venue Cymru Theatre in Llandudno on Thursday 11th February and the final tour date (appropriately) St David’s Hall in Cardiff on Friday 12th February, which we reckon is the perfect way to celebrate the Valentines weekend. Fo more details, and to get yourself tickets, go here. KATHERINE

We’ll be playing songs from Katherine’s new album all next week on our radio station. You can either list here on our site, or by downloading the free app onto your phone or tablet. Just search for SOUTH WALES LIFE in the store.


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