Holbeach singer releases Christmas CD
Holbeach mezzo soprano Helen Verney has released her first album, bursting with magical Christmas songs just in time for the festive season.
A Winter’s Dream contains a mix of classic and contemporary renditions with something to appeal to all tastes, as well some of Helen’s own personal favourites.
She has been performing across the area for several years and decided to record her first album after repeatedly being asked if she had one available to buy.
All the profits from the release are being split between All Saints Church, in Holbeach, and the young son of one her friends, who has been diagnosed with the life-limiting condition Duchennes Muscular Dystrophy.
“I am very proud to be releasing my first album and I can’t wait to share it with everyone,” said mum-of-two Helen. “There are reasons behind a couple of the song choices; I recorded Stille Nacht (Silent Night) in three languages, a verse in German, Italian and then English.
“I lived in Germany for many years as a child and so I think I might have learnt Stille Nacht before Silent Night and then I chose Italian because I do a lot of classical singing. I thought it would be different to put all the languages together.
“There are two versions of In the Bleak Midwinter, as I get requests for both, so I thought I’d include both, rather than trying to choose between them.
“And The Snowman was one of my favourite Christmas films as a child, now I love to watch it have a magical effect on my boys too, so that’s why I’ve included We’re Walking in the Air.”
Other songs include Mary’s Boy Child, O Holy Night, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year and bonus tracks Panis Angelicus and Never Enough, from The Greatest Showman.
Helen, a remedial massage therapist at Royal’s Gym, in Holbeach, began singing seriously back in 2010, when she was looking for a new hobby as several injuries had forced her to give up some of her sporting past times.
Living in Lincoln at the time, she had always enjoyed singing but never done any since her school days and so started lessons, where she found her voice was best suited to the classical discipline.
Since moving to South Holland, Helen has performed several times at All Saints Church and will be back at the venue for its Christmas fair on December 1, at 3.30pm. She is also performing at Lincoln Showground on November 30, Belvoir Castle on December 8 and 21, William Stukeley Primary School Christmas fair on December 7 and at a fun carol service in Whaplode on December 13.
“I really enjoyed making the album, I just hope everyone loves listening to it as much as I loved recording it,” added Helen.
“Hopefully there are songs that will appeal to everyone – it will make a great Christmas stocking filler and through it, I’m hoping I’ll be able to make good donations to two very worthy causes.”
* A Winter’s Dream, priced £8, is available from Helen via her Facebook page Helen Verney, Soprano and Holbeach shops The Holbeach Book Shop, in Park Road, and The Picnic Hamper, West End.