On Saturday May 9th, the historical Sarah Brightman: In Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, full performance will be streamed via YouTube for all to enjoy during this unprecedented time.
The critically acclaimed performance, not commercially available, features Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber and will be streamed to raise funds for COVID-19 relief charities.
Recorded in September 1997 at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London, Sarah, together with the English National Orchestra, perform an unforgettable concert of well-known Classical and Broadway pieces by composers such as Puccini, Gershwin, Delibes, Bernstein and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Included are memorable special guests: Andrea Bocelli, performing “Time to Say Goodbye” with Sarah, Andrew Lloyd Webber on piano while Sarah sings the title song from his musical ‘Whistle Down the Wind’ and a special duet performance of “Pie Jesu” with Adam Clarke.
The full performance will premiere exclusively via Sarah’s YouTube channel beginning Saturday, May 9th, 2020 @ 12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET/8:00 pm UK/9:00 pm Europe and will be globally available for everyone to enjoy for 72 hours at youtube.com/SarahBrightmanMusic.
“For many of us during lockdown these are reflective and introspective times, so I thought viewing a concert chosen from my performing past would be appropriate and bring you back to a special comforting moment in time,” said Sarah Brightman.
“For me then, it was a pivotal period of transition, after which I experienced 20 years of an incredible life and career journey which I wasn’t expecting. Hopefully my performance of many hits and favorite pieces, along with special guests Andrea Bocelli and Andrew Lloyd Webber, will inspire many of you to contribute to one of these fine charities, who are both doing so much for people all over the world at this time. I hope you enjoy and remember it’s still a beautiful world out there and we have so much to look forward to.”
In efforts to raise money and support the Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief and COVID-19 Solidarity Response Funds, donations are encouraged to these music and health care industry professionals impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Brightman’s 15th studio album HYMN debuted at #1 on both the Classical and Classical Crossover Billboard charts and was released on November 9th, 2018 in conjunction with her critically acclaimed world tour, HYMN: Sarah Brightman In Concert!
The tour began in South America, and her ‘evening of wonderment’ has been mesmerizing concert goers throughout Mexico, US, Canada, Japan and Europe, including a triumphant homecoming concert to a sell-out Royal Albert Hall in London, her first UK show in 15 years!
The ‘HYMN In Concert’ film is currently available on DVD, blu-ray, Deluxe Special Editions (DVD+CD, and Blu-Ray+CD) and digital.
Sarah’s HYMN world tour returns to the US this October for a limited engagement, beginning with a 3-night residency at The Venetian Theatre in Las Vegas.
Known for her three-octave range and for pioneering the classical-crossover music movement, Sarah Brightman has amassed global sales of more than 35 million units. The only artist to have simultaneously topped Billboard’s dance and classical music charts, Brightman has achieved more than 180 gold and platinum awards in over 40 countries.
She is also known for her iconic star turn in The Phantom of the Opera, whose soundtrack has sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Her duet with Bocelli, ‘Time To Say Goodbye’, became an international success selling 12 million copies worldwide.
Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief Fund
The Spotify COVID-19 Music Relief project has been created to amplify the efforts of organizations that focus on helping those most in need. Spotify is making a donation to selected organizations and will match donations dollar for dollar up to a collective total of $10 million.
Please visit covid19musicrelief.byspotify.com for more information.
COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO (World Health Organization)
Donations to the COVID-19 Solidarity Music Relief project supports the World Health Organization’s work, including with partners, to track and understand the spread of the virus; to ensure patients get the care they need and frontline workers get essential supplies and information; and to accelerate research and development of a vaccine and treatments for all who need them.
Some donations also support Fund partners UNICEF, for its work on COVID-19 among vulnerable communities including children, and the vaccine development alliance CEPI. Please visit covid19responsefund.org.