“I have so many wonderful memories of that night in February, but if I had to choose one that would sum up the whole evening it would be this one. Singing, Over the Rainbow accompanied by the Abiah Symphony Orchestra and conducted by the brilliant Steven Mercurio. As the lyric says,
…and the dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.”
Carly has performed at some of the world’s most iconic venues, including Carnegie Hall, the O2 Arena and the Roman Forum, and with some of the world’s greatest singers, including Andrea Bocelli and José Carreras. On February 15th this year she performed her debut UK headline concert at Cadogan Hall, in Chelsea.
The performance was conducted by the Grammy award winning Steven Mercurio and featured the world renowned flautist Andrea Griminelli, the 65 piece Abiah Symphony Orchestra and the winners of the BBC’s Songs of Praise Choir of the Year 2016, Tring Park 16. A selection of songs from the concert has been released on CD, download and streaming platforms.
The first taster of the album is Antonín Dvořák’s ‘Song To The Moon’ (Měsíčku na Nebi Hlubokém) from Rusalka about which, in his 4 star review of the concert, the critic David Mellor wrote “Here she displayed not only her near-flawless technique but also her fearlessness; every phrase, however high-lying, was confidently launched and effortlessly achieved. Her attractively fast vibrato gives warmth and colour to everything she sings.”
The album features live renditions of songs from Carly’s debut album ‘Singing My Dreams’ – including Jason Robert Brown’s ‘Music of Heaven’, ‘Still Dream’ (Desplat/Lindsay-Abaire), ‘Where Or When’ (Rodgers & Hart) and Se Tu Fossi (with additional lyrics by Carly) – as well as a selection of songs from across the musical spectrum. ‘I’ Te Vurria Vasà’ and ‘Nella Fantasia’ (with Andrea Griminelli on flute) sit alongside two medleys – ‘La Ville de L’Amour’ (inspired by Paris) and ‘True Love’s Kiss’ (songs from Disney movies) with the concert closer, a gorgeous version of ‘Over The Rainbow’.
Speaking about the song selection Carly says “I wanted you to hear the concert in the same order that the audience in the theatre did. When my Musical Director, Liz Hetherington and I put the programme together, we had no limitations in mind of what we should or shouldn’t include. We simply had a determination to showcase music from different genres, songs that I love and that we thought you would too and songs that allowed me to do what makes me happy; perform great music in front of an audience.”
The bonus track on the album is a new studio recording ‘Liberty’. Written by Grammy-award winner songwriter Walter Afanasieff, it features The London Symphony Orchestra and The Invictus Games Choir.