The Young Ones
There’s a new crop of talented young singers emerging all over the world. Here is a tribute to some of them.
This trio entranced the audience in the Italian music variety show called ‘Ti lascio una canzone’ or ‘Leaving you a Song’. Gianluca Ginoble, Ignazio Boschettoand Piero Barone sang with emotion and were compared to the great legends Carreras, Domingo and Pavarotti.
O Sole Mio
This popular Neopolitan song, written in the late nineteenth century by Giovanni Capurro, with the music composed by Eduardo di Capua, has been sung by the legendary opera singers as well as popular pop and rock singers. The title of the song means ‘Oh My Sun’.
Declan John Galbraith
He’s all of 18 and he’s been singing for a number of years. His Scottish-Irish origins and his musical grandfather influenced him rather early. His songs form a part of the Chinese ‘Learning English’ curriculum. He sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at St. Paul’s Cathedral London for the Queen’s Jubilee Concert accompanied by the St. Paul’s Choir. He lives near Rochester, Kent.
The song has an amazing history. John Newton was a slave trader till one night, a storm made him realize just how helpless he was and only God’s grace could keep him going. He joined the Church and wrote a hymn for every weekly prayer service. This was most likely one of them.
Robert Prizeman directs this group of young boys from Norbury, South London who prefer to be known as a boy band rather than a choral group. The age ranges from seven to sixteen and they have been very successful on radio, TV, stage and film. They perform around the world and their young voices have a wonderful soul-stirring quality about them.
All Things Bright And Beautiful
This famous hymn was written by Cecil F. Alexander in 1848 and is thought to have been inspired by a line from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge. James Herriot used the first four lines as titles for four of his widely read books.
She’s been singing since she was three and is probably the youngest opera singer today. This young singer from Canada speaks both English and French and can sing in five different languages. She has a powerful voice that is very emotive and she sings many of the popular arias – she’s truly well named.
Un Bel Di
Translated, it means ‘a beautiful day’ and this song is from Act II of Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. Set in Japan, it has been said that the events in the opera actually took place. It is the most performed opera in the USA today. It’s a song of love and hope.
At six, she wowed the audience on the sets of Britain’s Got Talent and then she was turned down by Simon Cowell on the pretext that she was too young to be signed on by his company as a recording artist. So that took Connie to the US where she’s been very sought after with appearances on Oprah’s as well as Ellen Degeneres’ shows. She has two top selling singles to her credit today.
Over the Rainbow
Written by E.Y. Harburg with music composed by Harold Arlen, this famous song is commonly referred to as ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’. It was a hit song from the hit movie Wizard of Oz and it has been ranked as one of the greatest songs of all time.
A medley of young, talented singers