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Just in: Katherine Jenkins sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The concert took place on Saturday and the video has just been launched here:

The Welsh singer comes in at 21 minutes, gives an object lesson in excess vibrato at 42 and demonstrates her paso doble at 1 hour 03. At the finale (1:17) she wavers all over You’ll Never Walk Alone.

At around 45 minutes, Katherine asks all in the choir of Welsh descent to raise their hands. Who’d have imagined there are so many Welsh Mormons?


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  1. Was there an extra ‘m’ in your final word, Norman?

  2. Ay ay. Y’know, I like Andrea Bocelli as a pop singer – good voice, genuine warmth in communicating with the audience. Forget trying to be in opera, but great pop career – no shame there. This gal, I just don’t get. It’s as if she has a bunch of jigsaw puzzle pieces and has tried to put them together to make a complete picture – hair, makeup, superficial sexy strut, bit of this, little of that… doesn’t work as opera of course, but doesn’t even work as a pop career. (Yes, she’s laughing on her way to the bank. Arrggh.)

  3. Neil van der Linden says:

    Maybe this is a rehearsal for Romney’s inauguration, which will launch the Mormon takeover of the US, including music life.

    • Yes, and then Romney can wrap himself in the American flag and dance around with Jenkins, and he’ll be dancing with the Stars and Stripes.

    • Greg Hlatky says:

      “The dark night of Fascism is always falling on America but somehow lands only in Europe.”

  4. Jenkins is the only “opera” singer I have ever come across who needs a microphone and swathes of signal processing. Has she not read the job description? Maybe she should stick to the paso doble and spare our ears.

    • Neil van der Linden says:

      or join some Hormone Tabernacle Choir

    • Now, now… don’t forget Andrea Bocelli, Jackie Evancho, Paul Potts, and Charlotte Church!

      Oh, actually Bocelli did do an all-classical recital unamplified, whereupon the audience was “puzzled by the gap between the cautious sounds they were hearing and the smooth polish of Mr. Bocelli‚Äôs blockbuster recordings” (NY Times)

    • I believe the broadcast was recorded in the LDS Conference Center, not the historical Tabernacle. The Conference Center theater is enormous, seating 21 000 people. Wikipedia says that the volume of the space is three times that of the Royal Albert Hall. The acoustics are built for speech with minimal reverberation. All musical performances have to be electrically amplified if the audience is to hear anything.

  5. Neil van der Linden says:

    And mind you this will lead to a CD which will reach number one in the Billboard ‘classical’ charts..

  6. Alexander says:

    What fabulous production values. Too bad they’re playing such rubbish. I bet they could do a killer Mahler 2.

    Love the kitschy pioneer videos. And gosh, doesn’t Utah boast some lovely scenery?

  7. Mind you, when all is said and done, it’s not difficult to be smitten with this lively Welsh lass with the ready laugh and wish her well in life. And she’s easier on the eye than the likable Welsh boyo Harry Secombe.

  8. I have heard rumors of a major IOC gala featuring Domingo, Terfel and Fleming last night, but seen only one report by a sports reporter who wrote about the Mayor’s speech. How I would love to have read about these real opera stars from the classical press instead of the myriad of press about Jenkins performance.

    • Victoria Clarke says:

      Of course there’s a myriad of press about Jenkins, she’s handled by Piers Morgan, and uses Madonna’s publicist in the US. She’s pretty much tied into the mainstream media now. Don’t expect to see the last of her anytime soon, even if she’s not singing she’ll still be a celebrity it girl, maybe she’ll be the new face of Garnier, or start releasing fragrances or her own underwear line now she’s cracked America.

  9. This “concert” was so curious on so many levels. What does “pioneering” have to do with mega-music, kitchy blown-up musical theatre numbers done in the style of film music of the 1940′s which back then the idea was -the more performers, the better? How much can one luxuriate in such a rich soup of sound without any real musical substance without sweating or bursting out laughing?
    What does My Fair Lady have to do with the pioneers in the film? Betcha that any singer taken out of the soprano or alto section could have done a better job than Jenkins. At least someone would have been able to take the high note at the end. There would have been no need to give prayerful thanks given for having her instead of one of their own capable choristers as a soloist.
    I do agree with Alexander that the repertoire was wasted on the capabilities of the choir and the orchestra. And whattya know? David Foster appears at 38:10 to give a touching little speech about his song. KJ shortly after appears again with a different frock at 39:30 in the “Prayer”. I just wonder what this piece would sound like without trembling on the held notes done by other popular singers these days also in the Foster circle. (Was that actually Italiano stuck in around 41? Wow – Cultshur!!!)
    My own conclusion is this event had nothing to do with pioneers, culture or with religion. I am just wondering about the strange mix of hymns and crossover in current mega-events and its marketing on a large scale with a more than sprinkling of “religiousness” to appeal to a certain swaithe of society. The middle class workers and church goers have actually been neglected over the past few decades so it is very clever indeed to come forth and mine this vein of profit.

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