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Hayley Westenra & Jonathan Ansell at the Palladium Theatre

Posted in Diary, Hayley Westenra, Jonathan Ansell, Music, Personal Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 16 February, 2009 by Nicola

Hayley Westenra and Jonathan Ansell teamed up for The Valentines Tour

Hayley Westenra and Jonathan Ansell Concert
Palladium Theatre
The Valentines Tour

At about 7pm I found myself in the Palladium Theatre.  I do not really have many preferences regarding venues, but this place gets its stamp of approval from me for simply having more than three cubicles in the toilets – I think it had about twenty!  In an unprecedented event in London, I was able to go into the Ladies, straight to the toilet, straight to a sink, and walk back out again.  I was shocked to the core.  Men will probably not understand how amazing that is, but take it from me: it is amazing.

Enough about the toilets though.  But really.  A sincere highlight to the evening.  That’s the PAL-LA-DI-UM TH-EA-TRE, with the fantastic toilet facilities, ladies.  You must go and see with your own eyes!

Going into the main theatre, I was called over by the blue jumpers (otherwise known as the Hayley Westenra International team, HWI for short).  These people are extremely scary people that remember every single concert date, exactly every single person that was there, exactly what you look like though they have only seen you for two seconds in their entire lives and seem to remember every single word you have ever written on their forums.  Truly frightening.  I was introduced to what seemed like a score of people, all names blazing (which I promptly forgot, no matter how much I tried to remember).  It was a genuine treat to see Roger (big boss man of HWI) again, and to talk to Richard properly.  There were many I had a good conversation with, but their names slipped through the sieve that is my brain, I am ashamed to say.  Ashamed. Continue reading


An Unproductive January (but this post has a million mini-reviews to make up for it)

Posted in David Attenborough, Diary, Film, Final Fantasy X, Gadgets, Games, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Ansell, Music, Personal Musings, Piano (Instrument), Repo! The Genetic Opera, RyanDan, Sansa Clip 8GB MP3 Player, Television, Three Graces with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 28 January, 2009 by Nicola

The amount of articles written in December compared to this month is kind of appalling.  But I have not abandoned my blog.  I came down with the flu!  I was helpless!  It began all innocent enough but then it just turned into something really, very evil.  Just evil.  The incarnation of evil.  I am now almost fully recovered, though my ears are still blocked.

I still have my Christmas presents to go through and review – I got enough of them.  I also have had a good month for finding new music.  I am also wasting money on piano lessons – something I will never be good at.  Being a beginner at 23 is something of a handicap, but it could be worse, I could be starting at 50.  Actually, apart from writing hardly anything on this blog, it’s been a good month (media wise).  Continue reading

Three Graces: Their Debut Album

Posted in Music, Three Graces with tags , , , , , , , , , on 26 January, 2009 by Nicola

Classical Crossover has become a huge market since Sarah Brightman and Vanessa-Mae began to lead the way in the mid-nineties, and the genre has suffered plenty of quick market ploys on young singers and instrumentalists that are not expected to last, but the companies can get their quick buck, and it’s an achievement for the artists to get a second album.

Decca, the same label that homes Hayley Westenra, however, has bigger plans for this classical pop girl group that have been dubbed as the female Il Divo. The effort put into this group is easy to see scanning the names of the producers and song-writers – some of the biggest names in America. The album is slick and the production is squeakingly polished. The three girls are stunning to look at and are brought in from different areas of music in the same way the UK’s All Angels were. The image of the group is effective; the name refers to Greek Mythology where the Three Graces were ‘beauty’, ‘wisdom’ and ‘charm’, three componants that their marketing team claim to be traits that shine through their vocal performances. Continue reading


Nicola’s Top Ten Christmas Songs

Posted in Christmas, Holidays, Lists, Personal Musings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 18 December, 2008 by Nicola

10. Band Aid – Do They Know It’s Christmas
We speak of the original of course.  I don’t know which is worse, the second or the third, but regardless, this one is brilliant.  For me, it’s not even that it’s for a worthy cause, it’s that it’s actually quite good!  The “FEED THE WORLD” chorus has a kind of sing-a-long-in-the-car element to it.  Sadly it’s a bit preachy, but the song is laced with so much nostalgia and Christmassy feeling that I can actually ignore the message in the song.  Happy days.

9. Kate Bush – December Will Be Magic Again
It’s just different, isn’t it?  I love her bizarreness and this track sounds like something Danny Elfman composed.  The atmosphere is great and the chorus has that eerie sense of magic to it (no pun intended).  It’s not like you can dance or jump to it, but you can watch Kate Bush being a bit of a freak, and that’s why we love her.  Or I love her, at least.

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Sarah Brightman’s “Fly” – Japanese Edition

Posted in Music, Sarah Brightman with tags , , , , , , , , on 13 December, 2008 by Nicola

I would like to assume that you’re looking at this page because you already know the album Fly in its original format, and simply want to know if forking out extra money for this new edition is worth it. This review is simply about this edition, not to the actual Fly album, which I think is a complete and utter classic that epitomises perfection.

This is the fourth edition of Fly (yes, that’s right, the fourth of her least successful studio album), but it is the first release for Japan. Perhaps Sarah Brightman and team really want to drum into the world what they missed back in 1995 when this gem was originally released, and I do not blame them – the world did miss something. Continue reading


A Guide to “Fly II” by Sarah Brightman

Posted in Music, Sarah Brightman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11 December, 2008 by Nicola

This article is for anyone who is seeking more information on the rare Fly II and/or having difficulty in obtaining it.  On this page you can learn of its origins, details of what is on it, where to get it, and where else individual songs can be found other than on Fly II.  Each song will be discussed individually.


Fly II was briefly made available to fans at concert venues during her La Luna tour in 2001.  It was then very briefly made available on Sarah Brightman‘s official store on her Official Website in 2002.  It was then priced between $15-$25.  It sold out, however, and Brightman’s team have since vowed that it will not make a reappearence.  It is not known how many copies were made but there is probably no more than 3000 copies. Continue reading


Sarah Brightman’s “Dive”

Posted in Music, Sarah Brightman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on 7 December, 2008 by Nicola

This is a pleasant album from Sarah Brightman, the first of many and ongoing collaborations with German producer Frank Peterson (one of the creators of new age group Enigma). The influences from Peterson’s visions of chant, electronic and chill out music are easy to recognise on this album. Indeed, there are not really any chants in the same way Enigma has them, but the opening track ‘Dive’ and other conjunctioning songs such as ‘Cape Horn’ and ‘Siren’ are definite indicators with their ocean sounds and whale vocalisations. This album is also a pioneer of a tradition that Brightman still practices today, which is to link all of her material with a common theme. In this case, it is the ocean. Continue reading