CLASSICAL chart topper Rebecca Newman, The People's Soprano from York, will perform a live session on BBC Radio 2's Weekend Wogan on Sunday and be interviewed by broadcasting grandee Sir Terry too.

"I'm so very excited to meet Terry Wogan and sing live on his 11am show," says Rebecca. "I grew up watching Wogan on TV and this will be my first live performance and interview on national radio. I can't wait to get into the studio.

"I'll be sure to mention that I'm the headline soprano for the Castle Howard Proms on August 22, when I'm really looking forward to helping them celebrate their 25th year with some beautiful songs and a live orchestra. I've also been booked for a couple of dates with G4 on their reunion tour this autumn in Swansea and the Wirral. That should be great fun."

Soprano Rebecca's tour with tenor Russell Watson ended on July 4 after a series of shows where they plaed to almost 50,000 people. "I was in Lichfield recently promoting my July concert there and I met people who had seen me in Llandudno on the last night of the tour and in Crewe," she says. "It's amazing how many people I keep bumping into and coming across. It was wonderful for exposure and I'm so grateful to Russell for taking me under his wing.

"I think he liked the synergy between our stories; his was an unconventional one too, so I think he appreciates how difficult the industry is and how much of an achievement it is to get a number one classical album without a label to back you."

This month Rebecca is to release the title track, Dare To Dream, as a single, giving a further push to a record that was the first by an unsigned soprano to top the official UK classical album chart.

"I'll also soon be launching my Christmas community song project in aid of the charity I have become patron for, Socks And Chocs," she says. "It's a West Midlands-based homeless charity and I'm hoping to take its message out to the nation to help it expand. You can read more about it at"

On the concert platform, Rebecca will be performing in Lichfield tomorrow night with special guests Classical Reflection. "They were on BBC1's The Voice this year and did quite well. They were really keen to work with me, so I asked them to join me for this one-off concert I'm hosting," she says. "I'm really excited and can't wait to get on stage."

The Castle Howard Proms Spectacular is looming on the horizon. "I’m thrilled to be part of this year’s special anniversary Proms Spectacular concert. Performing some of my favourite songs in the stunning grounds of Castle Howard will be truly memorable," says Rebecca.

"I'll be performing alongside tenor John Pierce, who won Cardiff Young Singer of the World in 2011, and together we'll be singing all of the classic Proms songs, so there are sure to be a few crowd pleasers.”

At the finale, conductor Jae Alexander will lead Rebecca and the orchestra through a rousing rendition of Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp And Circumstance No 1. Cue fireworks.

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