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‘People’s Anthem’ for the Rugby League World Cup

Rebecca sings the national anthems for 28th October match live on TV

Yorkshire’s own ‘People’s Soprano’ Rebecca Newman is set to release, what has been termed, the ‘sporting anthem for the 21st century’. The original song is recorded with live orchestra and is released just days before the opening ceremony of the Rugby League World Cup 2013, hosted on home soil here in England and Wales. Newman, who has been involved in helping to create music for the official Rugby League World Cup 2013 Dance Project, has been invited to sing the national anthems live on TV for the match between Ireland and Fiji, broadcast to several million viewers across the globe.

‘Heroes to the World’ will be released on 20th October and is the first single from Newman’s forthcoming album, called Dare to Dream. Newman’s own story is one of overcoming challenges and finding strength from within, and her exciting musical career is now a far cry from her days of busking in city centres to finance her university studies. Newman took the opportunity to debut the song last month when supporting Russell Watson at Party in the Park in Burton Agnes, when it got a big ‘thumbs up’ from the man himself and from the capacity crowd at the open air concert. She says “This song is a rousing anthem and has a ‘singable’ chorus that everyone can relate to. I’ve been overwhelmed with the fantastic reception it has received so far. This is not ‘stuffy’ classical music; this song has mass-appeal and is reminiscent of epic Hans Zimmer film scores rather than the usual crossover soprano repertoire.”

The song is recorded with the world famous City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, with the orchestral arrangement written by Paul Bateman, the man behind the orchestration of the global smash-hit song ‘Time to Say Goodbye’, recorded by Andreas Boccelli and Sarah Brightman, which is still the biggest selling single in Germany, ever. The song has been produced by Gareth Williams, who is musical director for Children in Need, a prolific producer for film and TV and has worked on albums for many stars, including Katherine Jenkins, Lesley Garrett and ‘Blake’.

Having been involved with the creative marketing side for the Rugby League World Cup 2013 – helping to write and record the song ‘Pass It On’, which has been used for the campaign’s viral video dance campaign – Newman was aware that the tournament was lacking an anthem for the fans to get behind: “I had always intended to release this song as the first track from the album but I couldn’t believe the it when I realised the tournament would coincide with the release. I’ve been promoting a song clip on the internet and have been getting an incredible response from people who hear it. I am also filming with an international award-winning filmmaker, to create a music video that is worthy of such an epic piece of music.

“The songs appeal comes from the excitement that builds from the moment the track starts. Although it is a big song to sing, the chorus is easy to pick up, sounding like a ‘battle-cry’ to spur everyone into action. Music has always been synonymous with sport, and both music and sport galvanises people like nothing else. We haven’t had a sporting anthem hit since the early nineties when Pavarotti sang Nessun Dorma (1990) and Kiri Te Kanawa sang World In Union (1991). “I have been incredibly lucky with the support I’ve received in the Yorkshire area. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if a little soprano from Yorkshire could add this song to the famous sporting anthems for the world to hear?”

Newman has a series of album ‘preview’ shows across the UK to present the new album songs to her new fans, starting in York on the 21st November at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre and finishing in London on 16th December at the iconic Union Chapel, in Islington.

As a tenacious and determined independent artist Newman has already sold over 15,000 albums, performed with Aled Jones and Russell Watson, headlined her own 20-date UK tour and raised over £11,000 for her designated charities, Childline and the RNLI, through her music. Her charity work was recognised by the RNLI recently when they presented her with the ‘RNLI Award for Outstanding Achievement’.

Newman has been dubbed The People’s Sopranos by her musical colleagues, fans and the media following over 8 years of street performing in towns and cities across the UK, taking her unique sound and love of classical, crossover and traditional folk music directly to the public. Her down to earth charm and witty personality has seen her build up a loyal following of fans and enabled her to raise the funds to take her music to the next level with this new album. She says “The fans are the most important thing – they have put me where I am and I want to make them proud. That little soprano they saw singing on the street, or at a wedding ceremony, or in a local theatre is now performing on a national and global stage and they can all be happy in the knowledge they played an important part in my success. The title track for the new album is one of my own compositions and it’s called ‘Dare to Dream’, which feels poignantly relevant right now. ”

The single will be available on all the major download sites with all the links posted on her website www.rebeccanewman.co.uk.

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