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In an era when the British public is used to being spoonfed its star performers through reality TV shows, its refreshing to come across an artist who is doing it the old fashioned way. That is if you consider performing in front of 30,000 people alongside the likes of Charlotte Church and Blue at the age of 7 to be ‘old fashioned…’
Eighteen year old Annelies is that person, and the one who is set to be the next British classical crossover superstar. Born and raised in the Welsh valleys that seem such a nutritious source of singing.
With a talent that was obvious to anyone who witnessed her performances firsthand, it wasn’t long before the concert recitals grew into something more substantial. A performance alongside the Welsh National Opera was followed by an invitation to sing at the Rugby World Cup at Cardiff’s enormous Millennium Stadium, and even at the newly refurbished Wembley Stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 73,000 people.
You might think that, for someone of such tender age, it must have proven extremely daunting to sing solo in front of so many people? Not so, refutes the lady herself…
“I suppose that when you’ve always sung, it seems pretty natural to be in an environment where you’re performing. I mean don’t get me wrong, I was pretty nervous walking out onto the pitch, but once the music starts, I just feel at home.”
It defies belief that such a strong voice can be housed in someone so young, but to witness the power coming from her small frame is to realise that this is no disposal pop wannabe ; Annelies is the real deal. Her note perfect renditions of ‘Per Sempre’ and ‘Time To Say Goodbye’ have already attracted the attention of legendary vocal maestro and songwriter Steve Balsalmo, and now her talents have brought her to the attention of the major record labels.
With forthcoming performances already booked on request alongside the likes of Hayley Westenra and Faryl Smith, the future seems certain to deliver that ambition for Annelies.