Sunday, July 22, 2012

Angelic Voice. Angelic Person.


Photo by Court

This weekend we had the lovely pleasure of meeting
the stunning and talented
Katherine Jenkins.

Cammy was so mesmerized by Katherine that she couldn't look away:)

Katherine first came to our attention when we saw her performance
as Abigail Pettigrew
in the BBC's Doctor Who 2010 Christmas Special.
We fell in love with her and with her exquisite voice.
(Yes, I am admitting here in print that 5/6th of our family
are Doctor Who nerds. 
There...I said it.)

Katherine with Michael Gambon and Matt Smith
in Doctor Who Christmas Special.


While signing our CD's she was so sweet to talk
with Court about her Doctor Who experience.
She said it felt like she spent 3 weeks
living in a parallel universe and had such a fun time.

Cammy told Katherine that they shared the same birthday
and Katherine wished her a belated birthday of three weeks ago.

She told my husband and I what a wonderful experience
she was having being in beautiful Salt Lake City 
and meeting
the choir and orchestra,
and how everyone was so lovely and kind.

Katherine Jenkins here with Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg.

At the press conference before the concerts
Katherine expressed her excitement to be performing with the
world renowned Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

 Katherine singing at the ""Joy of Song" Pioneer Concert in SLC.

Katherine was thrilled to learn that her Welsh heritage
happens to be shared by many members of 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(me included).
Welch immigrants were among the Mormon pioneers
who left their homeland to settle
the Salt Lake Valley.

Katherine applauds the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

The concert was absolutely outstanding.
President Thomas S. Monson and his wife 
were in attendance and when he entered the hall
the entire audience quieted out of respect.
You could have heard a pin drop.
 
Of course the Mormon Tabernacle Choir are always amazing.
Katherine sang several beautiful pieces.
Her gorgeous mezzo-soprano soared over the 22,000 people in attendance. 


There was even a surprise appearance by her
Dancing With the Stars partner,
Mark Ballas
who danced the Paso Doble with her
right after she sang
George Bizet's
"Habanera"
from the opera
Carmen.


Katherine Jenkins is among the world's most prolific
classical crossover artists. 
Since her career launched in 2004
she has sold over seven million albums.
She hails from the tiny village of Neath
in southern Wales.
She is also a tireless ambassador for numorous
charitable causes internationally.
Just last month she performed for
Her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth at her
Diamond Jubilee celebration.

I was so very impressed with her humble, sweet
and gracious demeanor.
Beautiful inside and out.
Give a listen to her music.
Exquisite.