Celeste

Biography

Celeste

This superb five-girl vocal group give a refreshing new twist to the classical, jazz and pop repertoire.

  • Four members of Celeste sang and studied together at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset, where Nell and Cat were boarders and Nikki and Polly were day girls and best friends.
  • Fifth member Milly was a chorister at nearby Salisbury and sang in a choral ensemble with Nell.
  • Cat is the oldest member and has the highest voice. She also plays the piano and bassoon. 
  • Polly was Wells Head Chorister and Head Girl. She also plays jazz on the alto sax.
  • At school Milly sang for Sir Tim Rice, who told her she could become a very good opera singer one day.
  • Nikki, a diehard Manchester United fan, has perfect pitch and plays violin and jazz piano. 
  • Between them the girls have sung in front of the Queen, Tony Blair, Sting, Dame Vera Lynn and Jools Holland, and sung at Notre Dame and Sacré-Cœur in Paris. 
  • They supported Aled Jones on a concert tour of cathedrals.
  • Celeste signed their record deal with Decca after a private performance at St George's Church in Holborn which they were told was an audition to perform at the Classic Brits launch party. 
  • They made their official debut at the historic 100 Club in London's Oxford Street in October 2014 alongside Australian saxophonist Amy Dickson.
  • They will be supporting Katherine Jenkins throughout her summer shows in 2015.
  • Celeste release their self-titled, debut album on Decca on 12 January 2015. Among the unusual arrangements is a sublime version of John McCrae's WW1 poem, In Flanders Field, set to Vaughan Williams's prelude to the WW2 propaganda film 49th Parallel.

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