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Vanessa Mae announces summer show at Westonbirt
Vanessa-Mae, the world famous violin virtuoso, has announced a West Country date next summer when she will be appearing at Westonbirt Arboretum as part of the Forestry Commission's 2009 concert season.
A prolific talent, Vanessa-Mae was the youngest violinist ever to record the Tchaikovsky and Beethoven violin concertos and had three classical albums to her credit when she was only 13 years old. In her mid-teens, she shattered the mould of the classical virtuoso with the release of her album, The Violin Player, forging a new style that has made her a multi-million-selling worldwide phenomenon and the breakthrough artist who virtually defined the fusion of classical and pop that became known as crossover. The albums that followed confirmed this success - worldwide sales have topped 10 million so far, earning more than 40 international platinum awards - making her a superstar for whom there seem to be no musical limits.
An explosive live performer, Vanessa-Mae stars in an intensive touring programme that has taken her around the world several times over. She has visited more than 50 countries, including performances in many spectacular venues such as the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, the Acropolis in Athens and New York's Time Square. She was also the only foreign artist invited by the Chinese to perform at the pivotal moment of Reunification of Hong Kong to China.
Vanessa-Mae has collaborated with such pop legends as Janet Jackson and Prince; performed on the soundtrack of the Disney animated feature Mulan; played Bach for the British Royal Family on the 250th anniversary of the composer's death; fiddled as she modelled a wedding dress at a Jean-Paul Gaultier fashion show in Paris; and reached out to the children of the South African township of Soweto, the first international artist to be invited to its music school.
Her stunning presence only adds to her appeal. People magazine has voted Vanessa-Mae one of the "50 Most Beautiful People in the World," and FHM named her one of "The World's 100 Most Beautiful Women." Vanessa is currently working on her next album due for release in 2009.
The Forestry Commission is committed to taking woodlands to new audiences, and making them relevant to people in new ways. The forest tour is self-sustaining, paying for itself, and providing valuable revenue to plough back into the woodland in a variety of environmental and social projects.
Vanessa-Mae, with her band and a symphony orchestra, will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Glos, on Saturday 18th July 2009. Tickets £29.50 (subject to booking fee). Ticket hotline tel 01842 814612 or buy online at www.forestry.gov.uk/music.
: 08/12/2008 15:50:38
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