Singing superstar Katherine Jenkins to play Christchurch Park

SHE’S wowed millions the world over with her singing and is set to travel with the Doctor in the Tardis this Christmas. Her next stop? Christchurch Park.

Welsh mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins, who sang at Ipswich Town and England legend Sir Bobby Robson’s memorial service, will sing The Last Night of the Proms on Saturday, July 2, after Ipswich Borough Council signed a deal with promoter Envy Productions UK Ltd.

The 30-year-old, born in Neath, will be accompanied by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Anthony Inglis.

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with Envy Productions UK to bring this event to Ipswich. Katherine Jenkins is a true superstar and this underlines our commitment to bringing the biggest names to the town,” said councillor Andrew Cann, IBC’s culture portfolio-holder.

“The concert follows last year’s success with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra playing in the park and we hope to announce soon another big name concert for this summer weekend of celebration.”

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The show will take place during the middle weekend of the 2011 Ip-art festival, which is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Ipswich Music Day - East Anglia’s biggest free one-day festival.

Jenkins first came to the public’s attention when she sang at Westminster Cathedral, honouring Pope John Paul II’s silver jubilee in 2003 and then supporting Aled Jones on tour.

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The former freelance singing teacher, London Eye tour guide and model has earned an international reputation thanks to her performances covering operatic arias, popular songs, musical comedy and hymns.

Clare Trickett, director of Envy Productions UK, added: “We are very pleased to be working together with Ipswich Borough Council in 2011. Christchurch Park is the perfect setting for Katherine to perform The Last Night of the Proms.”

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