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24 July 2014, 10:35
Soprano Laura Wright's new music video is raising eyebrows in the classical music world, showing her stripping off and doing gymnastics while performing 'Barber's Agnus Dei/The Sound Of Strength'.
Wright told The Telegraph that she hopes the video will inspire young girls by showing them a strong role model. "I want to empower young girls and show them strength is beautiful," she said of her well-honed physical appearance.
She did admit, though, that her record label, Decca, weren't sure about the concept at first, saying, "My record label had to be persuaded."
Gallery: Laura Wright sings on the Classic FM roof
The video also features parkour performers leaping around what looks like an abandoned car park.
The song itself sees Wright performing a dance-influenced version of Samuel Barber's Agnus Dei (better known for having the same melody as his Adagio for Strings). It also includes a spoken-word introduction quoting the first stanza of Rudyard Kipling's poem, 'If'.