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All Angels debut 'Songbird' in November

Universal Classics and Jazz will be releasing All Angels' debut single, Songbird on 6 November 2006 followed by their self-titled album a week later on 13 November 2006. The foursome, aged between 16 and 17, are all experienced choirgirls.

The full press release is below.


ALL ANGELS

Debut Single ‘Songbird’ released 06/11
Debut album ‘All Angels’ released 13/11

United by their love of music, Melanie, Laura, Daisy and Charlotte combine to form a unique vocal quartet for the 21st century.

All aged 16 and 17, All Angels bring a fresh new sound – and a bright new look - to classical crossover music, with a repertoire spanning classical, choral, opera and pop. Only a few weeks ago the girls were planning their summer holidays as they waited for their exam results. Instead they became busy recording their debut album in London.

But although all four are experienced choirgirls, their backgrounds and interests could not be more different. Charlotte played a Hogwarts pupil in the last Harry Potter film. Multi-lingual Melanie is training for her pilot’s licence. Daisy released her own solo jazz album when she was just 15. And Laura is not only a sports prodigy, but the reigning BBC Radio 2 Chorister of the Year. Managed by Steve Abbott, the man behind such artists as Jeff Buckley and Hayley Westenra, their album is due out later this year on Universal Music Classics and Jazz.

Their repertoire includes favourites such as Schubert’s Ave Maria, Barber’s Agnus Dei (popularised in the film Platoon), and the Sancta Maria intermezzo from Cavalliera Rusticana, along with Delibes’ Flower Duet from Lakme (aka the BA ad) and Offenbach’s Barcarolle. There are vocal versions of Pachelbel’s Canon and Geoffrey Bergon’s Theme for Brideshead Revisited - set to Latin text - and the traditional spiritual Steal Away.

From the world of pop come Robbie Williams’s ode to his Mother, Angels, Fleetwood Mac’s Songbird (popularised by Eva Cassidy), and Carole King’s You’ve Got A Friend (also popularised by James Taylor). The four girls were selected following an extensive nationwide search of schools, choirs and music schools. Each girl was picked for bringing a different quality to the group.

“They each have different talents, and each of them sings in a slightly different register,” says Dickon Stainer, General Manager of Universal Music Classics & Jazz. “When their close harmonies naturally evolve, it’s a celestial sound. The combination of those four voices is stunning.”


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