Celebrity Travel: Go away with Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman’s world tour was canceled earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. But the British singer-songwriter known for her work in “Cats” and “The Phantom of the Opera” is doing her part to keep her fans entertained. On December 20, she will perform in the livestream concert, “Sarah Brightman: A Christmas Symphony.” (Ticket information is available at https://store.sarahbrightman.com/collections/live-stream-event-tickets-bundles.) “I am very much looking forward to this concert as it is my first Christmas show,” she said. “I have been thinking about doing a livestream for quite some time now, but I really wanted to find the right time to entertain. Christmas is my favorite time of year and I thought this would be the perfect time to bring something uplifting to everyone around the world after a very challenging year.” Brightman has teamed up with the Global FoodBanking Network (https://www.foodbanking.org/sarahbrightman/) to raise awareness of food insecurity worldwide.
Q: Why did you decide to team up with the Global FoodBanking Network?
A: This year in particular, there has never been a greater need to help families around the world. The hardships everyone is facing are unprecedented, but are heightened considerably around the holiday season. I am just honored to be associated with them and hope this helps, even if it is just a little bit, to raise awareness of their incredible efforts.
Q: I understand your concert will include classics like "Ave Maria" and "Silent Night." Will you sing some of your other well-known songs that aren't necessarily Christmas related?
A: Yes, I handpicked the songs to include both holiday classics and a few festive fan favorites. I'm fortunate that many of my songs throughout my career transcend any specific theme. I am very much looking forward to reuniting and performing "Christmas Dream" with Andrew Lloyd Webber. He created a beautiful new arrangement for this song. I hope all will enjoy.
Q: How have you spent some of your past Christmases and where you will be celebrating this year?
A: I have a very close family and have spent previous Christmases with them just outside of London. Of course, my beautiful two little dachshunds are always with me! As with everyone else around the world, this year will be a bit different and I will be celebrating quietly in my home country.
Q: Have you ever spent Christmas in a warm-weather destination?
A: Over the years, I have enjoyed the holidays in many different climates including warm ones such as Miami, the Bahamas. … But as it is my favorite time of year, I just enjoy embracing the season regardless of where I am. It is such an uplifting time and I enjoy listening to the music and feeling the energy.
Q: Some artists have told me that while they miss touring, it has also been nice to be forced to rest at home. How have you handled not being able to tour this year?