News Classical 19/05/2017

Classical No.1 - Joanna Forest - Life On Mars

Classical No.1 - Joanna Forest - Life On Mars

New York, NY (Top40 Charts) What a year 2017 has been so far for soprano Joanna Forest. Her debut album 'Stars are Rising' entered at No 1 in the official classical music charts. Joanna was not only number one, but made chart history at the same time by becoming the first artist with a debut album on an independent label to reach the top chart position.

Joanna now follows up her album with the release of her new single 'Life on Mars', which is of course a revered David Bowie track. 2016 was a year we lost several much loved faces such as Alan Rickman, Terry Wogan, Prince, Muhammad Ali to name a small handful. However, it was right at the start of the year when David Bowie died which had the largest impact on Joanna.

"I've always LOVED Bowie, and even to this day treasure a t-shirt of his I've owned for over 20 years. For me, this song is the pinnacle of popular song writing, and I always wanted to see what this would sound like with a huge orchestra which is exactly what we have done."

Musical Director for Joanna's project, Robert Emery, has produced a stunning arrangement. The single was recorded with The City of Prague Philharmonic and Arts Symphonic Orchestras and produced, orchestrated and conducted by Robert Emery.

Joann's album 'Stars Are Rising' consists of twelve beautifully orchestrated songs showcasing Joanna's effortless vocals. When it came to choosing the repertoire, Joanna worked with Robert and came up with songs that made them truly excited and ones that Joanna could make her own. These include songs you wouldn't expect to be sung in a classical way. Putting 'Life on Mars' to a huge orchestra was the perfect addition to the album.

The single will be released on the 23rd June and Joanna will also embark on a small tour and has been asked to sing at several high profile gigs including some Classical Proms events.

6th August - Bedford Park Proms
19th August - Castle Howard Proms

8th September - Southampton, Titchfield Theatre
23rd September - Brighton, Brighton Little Theatre
29th September - Oxfordshire , Thame, Thame Players Theatre

1st October - Warwickshire, Leamington Spa, Loft Theatre
3rd October - Sunderland, Royalty Theatre
8th October - Surrey, Horley, Archway Theatre
11th October - London, Network Theatre
20th October - Bristol, Nails Theatre

20th November - Tonbridge, East Sussex, Oast Theatre
21st November - Hampshire, Romsey, Plaza Theatre

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