Camilla Kerslake

Camilla Kerslake

by Camilla Kerslake


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Camilla Kerslake

With Gary Barlow's penchant for anthemic stadium-sized acoustic pop, female soprano Camilla Kerslake wouldn't have been the most obvious first signing to his Future Records label. But after being bombarded with several self-made demos of Schubert's "Ave Maria," the Take That star obviously spotted enough potential in the South London vocalist to offer her a deal, the result of which is this 2009 self-titled release, a two-disc collection of religious pieces, traditional standards, and contemporary pop songs. Barlow may not appear on Kerslake's debut, but never one to take a back-seat role, he's still responsible for choosing much of its track list, while one of his compositions, the epic Stardust theme "Rule the World," is performed here in a stunning operatic Italian-language adaptation. Produced by Mike Hedges, best known for his work with U2, but who was also recently at the helm of classical crossover act the Priests' sophomore album, its 17 orchestral-based tracks are just as beautifully and subtly arranged, allowing Kerslake's pure, light, and crystal-clear vocals to shine. Traditional hymns "How Can I Keep from Singing" and "In Paradisum" are performed with the kind of confidence you'd expect from someone much older and experienced than Kerslake, who never had any formal classical training; "She Moved Through The Fair" is a tasteful rendition of the Irish folk classic that showcases her impressive command of the higher registers; and her cover of the Deer Hunter theme, "Cavatina," is an angelic vocal interpretation of the John Williams acoustic guitar original. The inclusions of Katie Melua's "Closest Thing to Crazy" and the lesser-known choral piece "Balulalow" make it easier to forgive the unimaginative choices of the ubiquitous "Pie Jesu" and Elvis Presley's "I Can't Help Falling in Love with You," which offer nothing new to the countless versions listeners have already heard before, something that also applies to the five-track Christmas bonus disc of festive standards like "White Christmas" and "Silent Night." But overall, Kerslake has repaid the faith restored in her with an accomplished and mature first offering that suggests she could give Katherine Jenkins a run for her money in the future.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2009
Label: Mercury Uk
UPC: 0602527258478
catalogNumber: 2725847

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Camilla Kerslake   Primary Artist
Sally Herbert   Conductor
Ian Tilley   Keyboards
London Oratory School Schola   Choir, Chorus
Simon Lole   Piano
Sally Pryce   Harp
Olli Cunningham   Piano
Bertie Anderson   Viola
Anna Stokes   Flute
Marianne Haynes   Violin
Lizzy May   Cello
Leanne Wren   Violin
Charlotte Ashley   Oboe

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Haydn Bendall   Vocal Engineer
Sally Herbert   Arranger,Producer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Mike Hedges   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Enda Walsh   Studio Supervisor
Steve Lowe   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Ian Tilley   Producer
Daniel O'Neill   Choir Arrangement
Camilla Kerslake   Vocal Arrangements
Simon Lole   Arranger,Musical Director
George Weiss   Composer
G. Barlow   Composer
J. Orange   Composer
Dom Lewis   Choir Arrangement
Luigi Cratore   Composer

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