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10th January 2007 - New classical music download store launched

From today you can buy Hayley Westenra album downloads from www.classicsandjazz.co.uk 
 
Universal Classics & Jazz (UCJ) have launched a brand new digital store. www.classicsandjazz.co.uk is largest ever download store for classical and jazz music. The site has been designed not only for music purchasing, but also to offer interactive and educational functions. Features include minute clips of every track, reviews that you can read from professionals and other users, a discover section where you can read about current affairs effecting the classical and jazz genres and messageboards, to allow the user to interact with others over their choices, likes and dislikes.
 
The site will also features artist biographies, galleries, tour dates, news and will contain exclusive artist content, such as podcasts and studio blogs.
 
Please visit www.classicsandjazz.co.uk and let us know what you think!


13th November 2006 - Hayley sings at dedication of NZ war memorial

Hayley sung the national anthems of Great Britan and New Zealand at the dedication ceremony of the New Zealand war memorial in Hyde Park Corner, London. Click here >> www.stuff.co.nz for the full story.


13th November 2006 - Hayley Newsletter - November 2006

Hayley's latest newsletter has just been sent out to her mailing list. It has all her personal news and behind-the-scenes information, as well as her own photos of her recent trip to Cape Breton. Don't miss out, sign up today to get all the news as it happens!

Read the newsletter here



11th November 2006 - New tour dates added

More tourdates have bee added - check the events section for more details



5th September 2006 - Hayley named "Outstanding Young Person"

Hayley has been named as one of the 10 outstanding young people in the world in the prestigious annual awards by Junior Chamber International.

Hayley said although she didn't set out to win awards, it was a huge honour to be "flying the New Zealand flag".

"With my singing I'm always aware that young people are looking up to me. Along the way I'm trying to make the world a better place by doing my bit."

READ THE FULL STORY BELOW

www.nzherald.co.nz
www.stuff.co.nz
www.jci.cc



US Competition - win a Sony camcorder !


US fans can click Here for a chance to win a Sony Handycam DVD camcorder as well as music from Hayley Westenra, Il Divo, Michael Buble and more!

This competition is run by Fanscape, who run Hayley's street team.


3rd May 2006 - ‘Ave Maria’ - the first-ever digital-only classical single

Hayley is part of a new generation of artists who are themselves completely in tune with the digital world. She is now the UK’s most popular downloaded classical artist; to strengthen and reinforce this position, her new single will be the first-ever digital-only classical single. ‘Ave Maria’ will be released on May 8.

CLICK HERE TO BUY AND DOWNLOAD THE SINGLE!



Hayley one hour special on ITV3 - Sunday 14 May

To coincide with the 2006 Classical Brits broadcasts on ITV1, UK viewers can catch a one hour special on Hayley - Live in NZ - on Sunday 14 May on ITV3 at 20.00.



12th April 2006 - US mobile phone ringtones now available

Hayley ringtones are now available for your phone at all major wireless carriers in the USA. Go to the realtone download section on your phone or your carrier's website, or click here to download directly.



6th April 2006 - Vote for Hayley at the CLASSICAL BRIT AWARDS

Hayley's album Odyssey has been nominated for Album of the Year at the Classical Brit Awards.

You can do your bit by nominating Hayley's album by clicking here to vote. Alternatively you can vote by phone by calling 09011 96 11 04 (each call costs 10p). You can vote by phone as many times as you like.



16th March 2006 - Hayley Newsletter - Hayley's Tour Diary

Hayley has just written her latest tourdiary. If you subscribe to the newsletter you will have recieved this earlier this week. Sign up to get this before everyone else!!

Click here to see the newsletter



6th March 2006 - Odyssey - UK version & new eSingle "The Water is Wide"

On March 27th we will be releasing a special UK-only digital single of "The Water is Wide", a new recording taken from the special UK version of ODYSSEY due to be released on 10th April.

As a special preview, we have an audio clip of the brand new track for you. Click the links below to listen.

WINDOWS MEDIA  BROADBAND  |  MODEM
REAL PLAYER         BROADBAND  |  MODEM








ODYSSEY (UK VERSION) - FULL TRACKLISTING - 475 7683


1. May It Be
2. The Water Is Wide
3. Dell'Amore Non Si Sa  - Bocelli duet
4. Lascia
5. Prayer
6. Ave Maria - Caccini
7. Scarborough Fair
8. Quanta Qualia
9. O Mio Babbino Caro
10. What You Never Know
11. Both Sides Now
12. Mists of Islay
13. Laudate Dominum
14. She Moves Through The Fair

preorder the album at HMV


6th March 2006 - HAYLEY STORE GOES ONLINE

Many of you have enquired about buying Hayley merchandise and we're happy to announce the launching of Hayley's official online store. You can access the site at www.hayleystore.com and we'll be adding this link to the main site navigation soon.



23rd February 2006 - New UK live dates

We're in the process of confirming some UK tourdates for Hayley in June. The first date has just been added to the events section, but more will be added as and when they are confirmed. Check back for updates!



22nd February 2006 - Chicago Sun-Times interview

http://www.suntimes.com/output/music/wkp-news-westenra17.html

America next world for Westenra to conquer
February 17, 2006
BY MIRIAM DI NUNZIO Weekend Editor

Don't call singer Hayley Westenra a diva. It just makes the 18-year-old New Zealander burst into peals of laughter.

"It's one of those terms that people like to use. Maybe it sounds glamorous, but it just makes me laugh," she says during a phone conversation from her home Down Under.

Westenra toured the United States last year on the heels of her 2004 debut album, "Pure." At 18, she has sold more than 2 million CDs worldwide, enjoying most of her success across the pond and in Asia -- for now. Described in a New York Times review as having "the voice of angel," Westenra is constantly described in the same breath as the latest Charlotte Church or Sarah Brightman or even Enya. She shrugs off those comparisons, too.

Westenra's vocals, as evidenced further by her release last year of "Odyssey," (Universal Classics), are truly pop-classical (yes, with splashes of Enya around the edges), with a voice that's equally at home on Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" as it is on Vivaldi's "River of Dreams."

The young star, who played Carnegie Hall when she was just 15 and who has performed duets with the likes of Andrea Bocelli, Russell Watson and Jose Carreras, opens for Il Divo at the Chicago Theatre tonight.


Q. You're only 18, but you and music go way back.
A. I learned to play violin, piano and the recorder at a very young age, and I studied ballet. But I realized when I was about 8 or 9 that music was my passion. I used to sing around the house, and it wasn't until I got my first solo in a school Christmas play that me and my family learned that I had a real voice.

Q. What's it like to sell 2 million records at 17?
A. It was just overwhelming. I was suddenly singing for presidents and the Queen and traveling the world, and it was all really surreal. In a lot of ways, it still is.

Q. Do you get the star treatment when you're back home?
A. [Laughing] I'm pretty well-known here, so the paparazzi do follow me around. Grocery shopping takes half a day, just to try to lose the photographers and to stop to say hello to fans and such. In London, where I live most of the time now, I'm not as well-known yet, so I can still venture out pretty easily and anonymously.

Q. Tell me about your "busking" days in New Zealand.
A. It started as a pastime when I was about 11. I was part of a children's group and we were performing at a festival. When we broke for lunch, some of us didn't have money for it, so we just started singing on the street corner. Then we realized we liked it and we could make money doing it. The hardest part is breaking the silence, but once you start singing and the people gather round, it's quite nice. I loved it. I was getting great pocket money out of it. I used most of the money to pay for the first real recording of me doing a few songs. That little demo CD led to me getting a record contract in New Zealand.

Q. Who's on your iPod these days?
A. Joni Mitchell, Secret Garden. I adore Celtic folk music, so I have lots of that on there. Andrea Bocelli, too.

Q. What's your guilty pleasure?
A. On the road I'm very disciplined when it comes to sweets, but when I'm home I just live for cookies and chocolate. I can't help it.


1st February 2006 - Sony Connect live sessions now available

Hayley live sessions on Sony Connect
Hayley's exclusive live, acoustic session with Sony Connect is now available. The sessions were taped at the end of 2005 and feature  Ave Maria, Never Saw Blue and Both Sides Now.

listen to the songs here



18th January 2006 - Dunedin, NZ - Live review

Just in from New Zealand is the review of the first night of Hayley's tour - click the image below to read the larger version!



5th January 2006 - HAPPY NEW YEAR

Happy New Year to you all. We'll kick off 2006 with some great news - more tourdates have just been announced on Il Divo's world tour in which Hayley will be the supporting act. The tour now means that Hayley will be busy right through to the end of May 2006! - check the events page for more details



22nd December 2005 - Seasons Greetings from Hayley !

Hey everyone!

Well, another year is coming to an end...and I can't wait! Sometimes I feel that time is moving too quickly, but at the moment, it can't move quick enough! I finished my tour last Saturday in the lovely Huddersfield, where I sang at their beautiful Town Hall. It was a fantastic show and left me on a real high. In fact, I loved the whole UK tour. I relished the opportunity to perform in some of Britain's most historic and stunning churches, Abbeys and Cathedrals, as well as the chance to meet and chat with some of you after the shows...I met some truly lovely people. Actually, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of you for your continued support, which I truly appreciate. Over the year, I have travelled to a number of countries and met a great number of supporters who have enriched my life and given me tremendous encouragement. I look forward to meeting many more of you next year!

Speaking of which, next year I'm going to be touring with Il Divo as you may know. You may be surprised to find out that we have still yet to meet -I arrive in America just in time for a rehearsal the day before the first show -but I'm assuming we'll all get on and have a fab tour! -All 4 months of it! Before that tour commences however, I will be touring my homeland from the 17th January until the 28th. I'm really looking forward to performing in front of a home crowd again and spending some more time in Kiwiland! It's been a while. I'm also looking forward to my 2 week break as you can imagine! I miss my family and friends so much, especially my family who I talk to on the phone to almost every night! I hope Sophie and Isaac haven't grown up too much since when I saw them last!

Now, on a much more sombre note, there is something I must tell you. Much to everyone's shock and sadness, Keith Sheel, who ran www.hayley-westenra-international.com, passed away on Friday 16 December, after a long and corageous battle against cancer. He was one of my greatest supporters and I can't thank him enough. He will be sorely missed. To be honest, the news is still yet to sink in, it was very sudden for everyone, but I can say that when thinking of him, I can't help but smile. He always was so bright, cheerful and brimming with goodwill for everyone; he was a wonderful person. Keith -thank you...I will miss you.

I must sign off though, as I have an entire flat's worth of stuff I need to sort through and then squeeze into my beloved suitcases! It's going to be a mission. I'm leaving tomorrow, to arrive home Christmas day, and have a list of things needing to be done that would beat Santa's! I better get a move on!!

Take care everyone and see you in the New Year!

Hayleyx




17th November 2005 - Hayley at Twickenham this Saturday

Hayley will be performing Jerusalem (with G4) and will once again be singing the New Zealand national anthem before the England v All Blacks rugby international at Twickenham on Saturday, 19th November.

The blistering rendition of "God Defend New Zealand " she performed before the Wales match in Cardiff last week caused BBC online to comment "New Zealand just won everything , from the inspiring anthem , sung by young Kiwi Hayley Westenra , right through to Chris White's final whistle ."



11th October 2005 - Hayley to support IL DIVO in the USA

INTERNATIONAL SINGING SUPERSTAR HAYLEY WESTENRA
GETS OPENING SLOT ON IL DIVO'S US TOUR


(November 10, 2005- New York, NY)
18-year-old International singing sensation Hayley Westenra has received the coveted opening slot on Il Divo's US tour. Set to begin January 31st in Wallingford, CT, the songstress will tour with the band across the United States until the end of February- approximately 14 dates.

The young singer is familiar with the US having toured many cities last year with her chart-topping debut CD, Pure, which sold over 2 million copies worldwide. On October 18th, Hayley, whom the New York Times called 'The voice of an angel,' released her follow up CD, Odyssey, in the United States on Decca. The CD features an amazing rendition of Joni Mitchell�s Both Sides Now, which showcases Hayley�s new found vocal maturity, as well as an inspired duet, Dell' amore non si sa, with worldwide icon Andrea Bocelli. 

Hayley Westenra has charmed audiences across the globe with invitations that had her performing in front of Her Majesty the Queen of England, President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair. She is one of the youngest artists ever to perform in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House, Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena. She is also one of the youngest ambassadors ever for UNICEF.

see the 'Events' section for the full list of dates

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14th October 2005 - Hayley live on BBC Radio 2 today!

Hayley will be the star of tonight's "FRIDAY NIGHT IS MUSIC NIGHT", which will be broadcast live on Radio 2 from London�s Mermaid Theatre. The show goes out from 7.30-9.15pm and Hayley will perform Pokarekare Ana, Amazing Grace, Prayer and Both Sides Now�

You can also listen to BBC Radio 2 online by going to the Radio 2 website. If you miss the actual broadcast they keep a programme archive for you to listen to online



10th October 2005 - NEW VIDEO - Both Sides Now


Hayley's new video to 'Both Sides Now' has just been finished and it is absolutely stunning!! Click the links below to see a 30 second clip from the video.

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3rd October 2005 - Odyssey hits #10 in the UK pop album charts

Odyssey entered the UK pop album chart at #10 on Sunday - many congratulations Hayley!!


21st September 2005 - Photo from the Kirsty Howard Ball



Hayley hangs out with UK Cricket star Freddie Flintoff at the Kirsty Howard Ball.



18th September 2005 - Hayley Newsletter

This note from Hayley was previously sent to newsletter subscribers. If you want to be the first with all the inside news, don't forget to sign up to the newsletter!.

A NOTE FROM HAYLEY

Hi everyone!

-and you thought I'd forgotten about you!! I'm in sunny Manchester (UK) at the moment. Well, actually the weather's pretty grim, but I'm looking on the bright side -it's not raining! I'm here for the BBC Proms in the Park, which will commence in a few hours. My Dad, who's travelling with me at the moment, and my Manager, Steve, have gone off to get some dinner, leaving me all by myself in my trailer�actually, I'm really appreciating the peace and quiet. It gives me a chance to gather my thoughts in preparation for tonight's show�a rare luxury!

As I'm sure you are aware, my album Odyssey is out and about in a number of countries -so far, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea�and a few more! -which has given me the much-appreciated opportunity of doing a bit of travelling and also meeting some of you at in-store signings and other various things! A big thank you to all of you who have bought the new album and are supporting me! I'm thrilled with how the album has shaped up and I really hope that you all enjoy it.

Before I had to start doing promotion for the NZ release of my album, I spent a week at home in Christchurch with my family and also managed to squeeze in a road trip down to Dunedin to catch up with my friends attending university down there. Time went way to quickly as usual! But even when I was working, just being back in my home country made the work feel more like leisure.

Performing at the New Zealand album launch (photo courtesy of Garry Brandon / Performing Pictures



I then moved on to Australia -Sydney and Melbourne - where I performed on some TV shows, such as Good Morning Australia, talked on radio and chatted to some local journalists. It was also a real highlight for me when I got to perform and meet you all at the two instores! Big thanks goes to my talented musical duo, Fiona and Ian, who accompanied me on the trip.

Press clippings from Australia





We then all jetted off to the crazy, but lovely, city of Hong Kong! I had a day to recover (which I mostly spent lying in bed! -Oh, the luxury...) before I was kept busy talking and singing for the rest of my stay! I had a lot of fun singing at Festival Walk, no time to shop unfortunately, but meeting you all made up for that!



Japan was just as I left it a couple of months back! My 4th visit this year can you believe! I started out in Tokyo, then went down to Nagoya for a rehearsal, got stuck in a typhoon for 6hrs coming back (which should have been a 2hr train journey!), then travelled back down a couple of days later for the two Expo shows with LEEO. The show was incredible�rich in both colour and sound. I sang four songs: a vocalise of 'Air on a G String'; a song I wrote the lyrics for, where the music was written by LEEO's Musical Director and two songs in Japanese!! But the stars of the show were LEEO -a locally-based orchestra (although they were joined by a group from Indonesia) who had studied the traditional bamboo instrument for around 6 years!! For them, this was their big grand finale show after years of rehearsals�so there were a lot of sad faces when it was all over!

I then had to make a mad dash over to LA for three days, before returning to beautiful Singapore. I fortunately had a day off to recover, but was unable to do any sightseeing due to the rain. Not to worry, we were pretty close to one of the biggest malls in Asia (or possibly the biggest). There were rows upon rows of shops and the mall was teaming with people as it was a Sunday after all. This was my chance to shop til I dropped. But, at the end of the day, all I had bought was a bottle of water and some (delicious) dried seaweed. How restrained am I?! Or more truthfully, how crazy am I?!

Anyhow, I was back to London on the Monday and performing at a Universal Sales Conference on the Wednesday. I had the opportunity to visit the Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy Centre the following day, which was a very insightful experience. This was my second visit to a music therapy centre, the first being the Raukatauri Centre in Auckland, which I am now a patron of, co-founded by my good friend Hinewehi Mohi. The improvement that the children and adults make there can be quite dramatic and very heart-warming. The Nordoff-Robbins approach to music therapy is based on the belief that everyone can connect to music and I truly believe that rings true. The approach is very gentle and instinctual. Through music, the therapists manage to find a connection with the clients who seem to have walled themselves in and withdrawn from the outside world. Music is what finds it's way through that wall and connects them to the outside world. It seems music really is a universal language.

Better sign off before this update turns into an entire novel! Take care!

Hayley x




16th September 2005 - LONDON INSTORE APPEARANCE !!

EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET HAYLEY WESTENRA AT HER FIRST UK INSTORE APPEARANCE & SIGNING! HAYLEY WILL PERFORM TRACKS FROM HER NEW ALBUM ODYSSEY & SIGN COPIES TOO.

Hayley Westenra invites you to come and see her perform & sign copies of the stunning new album Odyssey -
On 27 September 2005 at 5.15pm at HMV, 150 Oxford Street, London

5 lucky people coming to the instore appearance will win a Hayley Westenra goodie bag (including a DVD & exclusive unreleased single) & be the first to meet & greet Hayley after her performance! Come along and support Hayley - all you have to do is click here to sign up and let us know you're coming.

Competition winners will be contacted on Monday 26th September.

Odyssey - The Beautiful New Album from the pure voice of Hayley Westenra - released in the UK 26th September.

Thanks for your continued support!


15th September 2005 - UK Radio promotion details

Listen out for Hayley on your BBC local radio station. Don't forget to contact the radio station and request that they Odyssey to their playlist !!

Thursday 15th Midlands

10.00am BBC GLOUCESTER - Interview with John Rockley - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/gloucestershire/radio/index.shtml

3.00pm BBC NOTTINGHAM - Interview with Nick Brunger - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radionottingham/

4.30pm BBC LEICESTER - Interview with Martin Ballard - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radioleicester/

Friday 16th Midlands

10.15am SAGA 105.7 (Birmingham + West Midlands) - Interview with John Darvell - Live
http://www.saga.co.uk/1057fm/pages/index.asp

3.00pm BBC RADIO WM (Coventry) - Interview with Bob Brolly - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radiowm/

Monday 19Th Kent + South

11.00am BBC RADIO KENT - Interview with Pat Marsh - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radiokent/

2.00pm BBC RADIO SOLENT - Interview with Richard Cartridge - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radiosolent/

Tuesday 20th

1.30pm BBC SUFFOLK - Interview with Rachel Sloane - Live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radiosuffolk/

2.30pm BBC WALES - Interview with Owen Money - Live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/radiowales/

3.00pm BBC SOUTHERN COUNTIES RADIO - Interview with Bill Buckley - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/southerncounties/

3.30pm BBC ULSTER (Northern Ireland) - Interview with George Jones - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/radio/

Wednesday 21st - Yorkshire

9.00am BBC RADIO LEEDS + BRADFORD - Interview with Graham Liver - live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radioleeds/

3.15pm BBC RADIO YORK - Interview with Jerry Scott - Live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radioyork/

4.00pm BBC RADIO SHEFFIELD - Interview with Bernie Clifton - Live
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/radiosheffield/

20th August 2005 - Odyssey is #1 in New Zealand

Hayley's second international album Odyssey has debuted at #1 in the New Zealand album charts - congratulations Hayley!


16th August 2005 - UK UNICEF concert announced

Hayley and guests will be performing at a special concert in aid of UNICEF at St. James's Piccadilly in London on Thursday 22nd September 2005. Tickets go on sale on August 19th - see the events page for more details.

click here to download the poster[2.5 mb]

11th August 2005 - interview on MSN xtra

See video interview with NZ MSN extra - The World Through Hayley's Eyes.

Hayley Westenra talks about her new album Odyssey, singing with Andrea Bocelli and those Daniel Beddingfield rumours.

Click here to see the video interview.


9th August 2005 - New Zealand showcase video

Hayley performed to a select audience on the 8th August to premiere her brand new album Odyssey. TVOneNZ ran a news piece on the showcase and filmed the event which you can see here.


8th August 2005 - New Zealand Press & radio info

NZ Radio plalist information
Listen out for �Never Saw Blue� which is being played by Viva, The Breeze Christchurch and The Breeze Palmerston North.

Recent Press
A Quick Word with Hayley Westenra
New Zealand Herald - 06.08.05
Click here to read this article

Entertainment picks
New Zealand Herald
Click here to read this article

Hayley still hunts for bargains
Christchurch Press - 04 August 2005
Click here to read this article

Romance? Its all quiet on the westenra front
Sunday Star-Times - 31st July
Click here to read this article

New CD, New Image for Hayley
Christchurch Press - 18th July
Click here to read this article

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