Katherine Jenkins presents her classical collection in a 12-part series every Sunday evening at 9pm.
Katherine Jenkins Biography
Katherine Jenkins was born in 1980 in Neath. Her story sounds like a fairy tale: the Welsh choir girl who won a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music to study opera, was spotted by a big record company at the age of 23 and signed to a six-album deal.
Life and Music
- From the age of four, Katherine knew she wanted to sing even though there was neither any classical music in the house nor any musicians in the family.
- Aged seven, Katherine joined the choir of St David’s, Neath, where there was a high standard and hard work: two practices a week, two Sunday services - and Choir Club on Fridays. At the age of 10 Katherine won the Choir Girl of the Year competition.
- By the time she was 17, with four A-levels under her belt and a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in the offing, Katherine was already a seasoned stage performer. In the last year of her studies in London, producer and songwriter Steve DuBerry, had the idea of recording a dance-track version of the 'Flower Duet' from Lakmé as a demo. Unknown to her, DuBerry’s management team set about passing it round the music business.
- Meanwhile Katherine graduated and took a teaching diploma, with the plan to earn enough money to return to the Academy in a couple of years to do a postgraduate opera course. She continued to take singing lessons with her teacher at the Academy, Beatrice Unsworth.
- In early 2009 Katherine Jenkins moved to Warner Bros Records and in February she worked with world-class producer David Foster on her album Believe.
Did you know?
Katherine has been described as the fastest selling opera singer since Maria Callas. Nearly 100,000 people bought her first album, Premiere, which shot straight to the top of the classical charts. Its follow-up, Second Nature, largely inspired by requests from her fans, sold more than 350,000 copies and won her a Classical Brit Award, as did her third album, Living a Dream.
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Listen and download your favourite tracks from Katherine Jenkins' latest album. Album of the Week, 3 December 2012
Jenkins and Domingo wow the crowds and The Queen at this year's Royal Variety Performance
Katherine Jenkins album ‘Believe’, produced by David Foster & featuring Andrea Bocelli.
The mezzo-soprano signs a new deal with her old record label, slams snobbery and sexism
Mezzo and tenor will perform in the Middle East in only their second appearance together
Discover the greatest composers and performers - past and present – who’ve drawn on, and continued, Wales’ great vocal, choral and instrumental tradition.
From safari to stage, take a look at the glamorous life of a touring singer with Katherine's behind-the-scenes photos of her concert tour to South Africa. It's almost as if we were there with her!
Top Katherine Jenkins Pieces
Time to Say Goodbye
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