Whilst I was sampling a hot glühwein at the Christmas market in Munich, five large boxes of cds were delivered to my sister Nicola’s house in Sussex.
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I was on tour with the LSO and Monteverdi Choir, blasting out Beethoven’s Ode To Joy (in German) with Sir John Eliot conducting. The CD is the culmination of a lot of hard work and it marks the end of years of waiting for me. We were hoping to have it for sale well before Christmas, but various technical hold-ups meant that we were later than we’d hoped.
No matter, it’s here and you can finally buy the finished product.
The great news is that we’ve also been accepted by a major distributor, who will launch the CD early in 2012. It will then be available in shops and online at iTunes and Amazon. Meanwhile, we are selling directly from my website and offering exclusive extras which will only be available for people buying directly from us.
During Christmas in Sussex, we will no doubt raise a glass to Tom Chapman who so generously funded the project. To David Newton who played so wonderfully on the recording days and provided me with a glorious canvas to sing on. To Andrew Cleyndert, who’s musical ears, technical know-how and attention to detail made us end up with such a great product. To Graham Black who was so patient with all my last minute tweaking of the design. To Steve Watson who was there to rescue us with the elusive answers for all our technical WordPress questions. To Wayne McConnell for taking such a lovely picture for the cover – how DID he do that? To the Thomas girls (Katie and her mum Julie) who did endless editing and proof reading and had to listen to my latest idea for the album or moan on about the latest hitch in production. To all my friends (you know who you are), who encouraged and supported me.
I will of course raise a large glass of dry white wine in honour of my sister Nicola Cairncross, who drove the whole thing along. From that summer day two years ago when she bullied me into building this website and starting to write this blog in order to promote a product that only existed in our imagination; right through to waiting in at home all day yesterday to take delivery of the finished article. Her marketing expertise and tenacity is second to none and this certainly wouldn’t have happened without her.
Now we’ve got the album, we intend to use that website to spread the word to all those people around the World who would never have known about my voice.
Phew – it sounds like a Miss World acceptance speech!
Enough yattering from me – you can BUY THE CD HERE (sound of distant heralding trumpets) and if you download the MP3 version you will even get an exclusive bonus track jokingly entitled the tiramisu version of the title track at last, which is sure to get your toes tapping and give you a ‘pick you up’! There are also extracts from all fourteen songs for you to listen to on the sales page.
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At Last, we have you on CD Heather. Congratulations! Now where did I leave those mince pies?