Album Review: Laura Wright - Glorious - Released 28th May


A new star has been storming the classical music scene recently. Soprano Laura Wright, at twenty one years old is to be appearing at a whole host of concerts and musical events this year and is sure to be a name that everyone is talking about!

In 2011, Laura became the first female singer since Katherine Jenkins to reach Number One in the Classical Chart with her debut album ‘The Last Rose’. With her second album ‘Glorious’ to be released at the end of May, Backstage Pass have got hold of a copy to give you the lowdown.

The eclectic choice of tracks keeps the album fresh, exciting, and very relevant for this year. There are some patriotic favorites such as ‘I Vow To Thee, My Country’, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land Of Hope And Glory’ that are very fitting for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The Olympic celebrations are not forgotten either as a fusion of musical influences from around the world flow through ‘Stronger As One’.

Laura’s exquisite clarity and fresh tone complement all songs and is bound to be a sound that both lovers of classical and contemporary music will favor. Her voice floats effortlessly through the more reflective ‘Benedictus’ and ‘Sancte Deus (Nimrod)’, whilst her interpretation of ‘(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover’ is a refreshing change from the common Vera Lynn stereotype. In contrast, the more contemporary ‘The Rose’ has a down-to-earth vibe about it and Laura’s voice paints the emotion of the beautiful words.

Laura is joined by Classical Chart tenor Noah Stewart for ‘Bolero’ and recently performed this track at the ‘Dancing On Ice’ live final. She is also accompanied by some wonderful orchestral arrangements throughout the album that have a richness and somewhat cinematic quality about them.

‘Glorious’ is out on 28th May 2012 and is a welcome addition to any celebration this year.

Keep your eyes peeled for an exciting competition coming soon on Backstage Pass, to win a signed copy of Laura’s new album. Don’t miss it!

Review by Philippa Bellis