Katherine Jenkins loves South AfricaPeter Feldman
Peter Feldman: Welsh mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins is returning for concerts in South Africa because, she says, she’s fallen in love with the country.
She performed here in March last year and what made it extra special was that her Mom came along as well.
“When I was in South Africa last year I fell so in love with the place that I couldn’t get enough of the sight-seeing,” she said in an interview.
Her Mom won’t be joining her on this trip because of the tight schedule.
Asked what sort of concert her fans can expect at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena and Cape Town, Jenkins replied: “I will perform my greatest hits with a mixture of pop and classical songs. I will also be performing with an orchestra of local musicians and I can assure you that people are going to be entertained. My conductor, Anthony Inglis, says they are one of the most talented group of people he has worked with.
“For my performance, I will be kitted out in ball gowns similar to what I used to wear on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’ She then added: “I may just throw in a foxtrot or any other trick in the show, but it’s going to be amazing.”
Jenkins does not typify your normal classical singer and people have often remarked about this. “I think they associate this type of genre with old people.”
She explains that her family were not big classical music fans but the genre “spoke” to her “because it gives you that ability to use your voice.”
She firmly believes that to be a crossover artist you have to be a “well-rounded individual who can not only sing opera but also touch and adapt to other genres.”
Jenkins confesses that since a child she has always “”lived and breathed music” but never had the actual chance to live her dream.
She has been busy over the past months and one of the highlights was being invited to sing the English National Anthem at The Derby to launch the Royal Diamond Jubilee celebrations in the presence of the Queen.
Another was singing with the world famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City, Utah,
When away from the spotlight, Jenkins enjoys spending time with her family and admits that she is a keen runner.
Katherine Jenkins is giving three concerts in South Africa. They will be on Saturday, August 11 and Sunday 12 August at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena, and one at GrandWest Casino’s Grand Arena on Friday 17 August in Cape Town. These are being staged in association with Sun International.
Her support act is Romanz, one of South Africa’s most successful cross-over classical outfits.
Feldman has been a journalist and arts critic for over 45 years and served on The Star in various capacities for 35 years, ending up as a specialist writer on films, music and theatre. During that time he travelled extensively on assignments and interviewed many international film and pop stars, both in South Africa and overseas. He also covered some of South Africa's biggest film and musical events. He is active in the freelance field and his work over the past 12 years has appeared in a variety of South African newspapers and magazines. He writes regularly for Artslink.co.za, The Citizen, South African Jewish Report, The Sunday Independent and is a contributor to "Eat Out" Magazine. He also contributes movie reviews on Mondays to The Gordon Hoffman Easy Morning Show on 1485 Radio Today (www.1485.org.za) and has worked on TV in his specialist capacity. Over the years Feldman has been the recipient of several awards for his contribution to music journalism and the SA record industry. He wrote lyrics for some top artists, including Sipho Mabuse, and had a hit disco single, "Video Games," which was released in 1988. After retiring from The Star in April, 1999, Feldman joined the PR and events management company, Dlamini Weil Communications, where he currently works as an entertainment and media consultant.