All Angels Circa 2006-2011

 

For a number of years this was the official website for the British super group All Angels.
Content is from the site's 2007 - 2011 archived pages.

 


 

FYI

All Angels are a super group selected by record giants UCJ in 2006 although original member, Laura Wright, left the group in mid-2010 and has been replaced by Rachel Fabri. None of the girls are operatic and mostly come from a choral background. During their Universal years they were targeted at the Christmas and Mother’s Day market, as they did not often differ away from the safe light classical sound though the release of their third disc broke the pattern. Their material includes choral pieces, pop covers, light arias and traditional classics, but their third album, Fly Away, leans towards American easy listening.  Their fourth release, Starlight,  was their first as independent artists and is only available via iTunes. Their albums are home to very fine arrangements, and their voices blend together to make an elegant sweet sound. Although there are other classical groups such as Il Divo, Blake and Amici Forever, All Angels sound like none of them; although there are only four members, they are more choral orientated than opera. Their closest relations are probably Angelis or Libera.

 



Symphony
Published on Jun 15, 2008
All Angels is a British group integred by Charlotte Ritchie, Melanie Nakhla, Laura Wright, and Daisy Chute. This song is a Coldplay's cover and it's in her second album "Into Paradise" released on November 2007. Maybe the original song is wonderful, but I think that it is a very very good version.

 

 

All Angels Biography 2010


All Angels have become a force to be reckoned with

Working beautiful four part harmonies around classical, opera and pop tunes, the girls have crafted a unique and entrancing sound. After they signed a five-album deal with Decca in 2006, their first two discs built them an awesome reputation in the Classical Crossover market and sold half a million copies. Their success earned the Angels platinum discs, appearances at the Classical Brits and accolades from Sir Paul McCartney, and all this while they were still studying for their A-levels.

Their first album, the self-titled 'All Angels' was released in 2006, entering the UK charts at number nine. It was the UK's fastest selling debut for a classical act, achieved Platinum sales figures, and earned them a Classical Brit Award nomination for album of the year at the 2007 awards ceremony, in which they also performed. 2007 turned out to be a fantastic year for the girls that also saw them perform for the Queen at the Festival of Remembrance at The Royal Albert Hall, and make a cameo appearance in popular British soap 'Emmerdale', performing 'Songbird'.

At the end of 2007, they released their follow-up album 'Into Paradise' to much critical acclaim. 2008 continued where the previous year had ended, with the girls continuing to perform across the UK. In the spring they embarked on a Cathedral tour and also performed at some of the countrys' most prestigious venues with concerts at Sandringham, Blenheim Palace and Gawsworth Hall. To top it all, they were invited to perform the National Anthem at the England vs. USA football match at Wembley Stadium.

The girls spent much of 2009 in the recording studio preparing for their third album. However, they did manage to continue performing, and were invited to support Katherine Jenkins on her summer concert tour. Later that year, they performed at several UK arenas as part of the 'Young Voices' tour. Their third album 'Fly Away' was released in early 2010, and raced straight to the top of the Classical charts. The album found the All Angels spreading their musical wings to explore folk songs, musicals, modern classics and spirituals. Tapping into the spirit of optimism triggered by the dazzling arrival of Barack Obama on the world stage, the common theme binding the material together was its American origins.

2010 has also seen a change to original line-up with newcomer Rachel Fabri joining the group. They have continued to perform all over the UK with several summer festival appearances and concerts all over the world and have just finished recording their latest tracks for the EP Starlight. The remarkable accomplishment is that all their work has been achieved whilst completing their A-Levels and studying at University. They will again be headlining the Young Voices tour at Christmas, which sees 11 performances at the UK’s largest arenas, including 3 nights at London’s prestigious 02 Arena.

The future is very bright for All Angels...

 

Charlotte 's Biography


Having discovered that she could sing during her theatrical debut at a young age ('solo singer 2' in Year 2's production of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat), Charlotte has besen singing ever since!

At 11 years old, Charlotte joined the National Youth Music Theatre. Besides the singing, she has starred in the BBC comedy 'Life of Riley' with Caroline Quentin, as well as 'The Insiders' for Boomerang TV, which were both very different but brilliant experiences for Charlotte.

She has also starred as the lead role in the short film, 'The Open Doors' alongside Michael Sheen, as well as achieving her dream of starring in a Harry Potter film when she was cast as an extra in 'The Goblet of Fire'. Alongside life within All Angels, Charlotte is currently studying English and Drama at Bristol University.

 

Daisy's Biography


A multi-faceted musician who studied at the Purcell School of Music and is now reading music at King's College, London. Daisy is from Edinburgh and originally studied at St Mary's Music School.

She started performing when she was about three years old, banging on her Grandfather's piano and singing, "My baby does the Hanky Panky". She has sung in Cameron Mackintosh's 'Les Miserables' as Young Cosette at the age of 9, performed in Stars in their Eyes Kids as Young Judy Garland, and sung as a chorister at Edinburgh's St Mary's Cathedral, entertaining fringe-goers with a great jazz trio at the Edinburgh Festival and subsequently recording and producing her first (and critically acclaimed) album, 'Simply Jazz'. After a performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the School Proms, Daisy seized the chance to give Howard Goodall a copy of her album. This led to an appearance in Goodall's 'How Music Work' series and an audition for All Angels.

The rest as they say, is history!

 

Melanie's Biography


Melanie grew up in Shrewsbury, where she attended the Shrewsbury Junior High School. She began singing at a young age, joining the Shrewsbury Children's Choir when she was just eight years old.

By the age of ten, Melanie had already achieved grade 5 with distinction in the violin and competed in the 'Oswestry Eisteddfod', coming first in the singing competition. She knew then that singing would play a big part in her future. She was a student at Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire, where she was head of choir. Whilst Melanie views singing as her ultimate passion, she is also a keen linguist, and is currently studying French and Spanish at University College London. Melanie has never felt better about being in All Angels:  

"It has changed my life completely, and I know it's for the better."

"Music has and always will be my passion

 

Rachel's Biography


Rachel completed a Masters in Musical Theatre at the Guildford School of Acting. Born in Malta, she trained at Masquerade Theatre Arts School, achieving her Grade 8 in Classical Singing and Drama. Theatre roles include the lead role in ‘Persephone’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Cassie in ‘Make Believe’ (Kenton Theatre), guest soloist on UK Tour ‘Beyond the Barricade’, Crystal in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, Befana in opera ‘La Befana’, Cinderella in ‘Into the Woods’, Debbie in Stoppard’s ‘The Real Thing’, Princess Bianca in pantomime ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and co-director/self in ‘With Friends Like These’.

Rachel may also be seen in the upcoming Dominic Cooper film ‘The Devil’s Double’. She featured as the resident singer on Malta’s most well-known TV show ‘Tista’ Tkun Int’ throughout 2005 and was a finalist on the televised musical theatre competition ‘L-iSfida’. Rachel is a Psychology graduate, specializing in child psychology. This has led her to teach singing and drama at Italia Conti and many other theatre schools in Malta and England.

 



BIOGRAPHY 2009

DAISY CHUTE, 20
(Date of birth 17.08.89)

MELANIE NAKHLA, 20
(Date of Birth 29.12.88)

LAURA WRIGHT, 19
(Date of Birth 17.06.90)

CHARLOTTE RITCHIE, 20
(Date of Birth 29.08.89)

 

All Angels have become a force to be reckoned with.

 

Working beautiful four part harmonies around classical, opera and pop tunes, the girls have crafted a unique and entrancing sound. After they signed a five-album deal with Decca in 2006, their first two discs built them an awesome reputation in the Classical Crossover market and sold half a million copies. Their success earned the Angels platinum discs, appearances at the Classical Brits and accolades from Sir Paul McCartney, and all this while they were still studying for their A-levels.

'Fly Away'

Fly Away finds the high-achieving quartet spreading their musical wings to explore folk songs, musicals, modern classics and spirituals. Tapping into the spirit of optimism triggered by the dazzling arrival of Barack Obama on the world stage, the common theme binding the material together is its American origins, from the Leonard Bernstein song Somewhere, to the 19th century Shaker song, Simple Gifts (which Aaron Copland adapted for his Appalachian Spring). As for Cucurrucucu Paloma, which group member Daisy Chute suggested to the group having performed it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Camerata Ritmata, the girls were delighted to record the famous Tomas Mendez song when they heard it on the soundtrack of Pedro Almodovar's film Talk To Her.



All Angels I'll Fly Away

"The album takes you on a journey," explains Laura Wright, erstwhile hockey, tennis and athletics star at Framlingham School. A former Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, she has sung Mozart and Purcell for the Pimlott Foundation (a charity founded in memory of opera director Steven Pimlott), entertained fans of Ipswich FC with pre-match performance of Amazing Grace, and is about to take up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. "We listened to loads of CDs of classical and traditional music and folk tunes, and thought really hard about what would work best with our voices and which ones would fit the overall feel of the album. We might find a particular beautiful song, but we'd have to decide whether it would work with everything else."

American Connection

Daisy Chute, a multi-faceted musician who studied at the Purcell School of Music and is now reading music at King’s College, London, didn't need much persuading to embrace the American theme because, despite her Edinburgh accent, she's half American by birth. Many of her relatives live across the Atlantic, and she has travelled to the States regularly since she was born. Even so, she wasn't quite prepared for the astounding revelation that she is distantly related to President Obama himself. "That is quite a big American connection, I suppose," she says, laughing. "My mum told me about it. She's American, and she knows everything about our family history. We'd already found out that I was related to George Washington. Now I've learned that President Obama and I share British emigrant grandparents from about twelve generations ago."

As Laura points out, "the arrival of Obama has affected everyone. For a lot of younger people especially, it gives them something to look up to and some real values they can admire. Michelle Obama as well I think, because obviously we're four girls and we really respect her values and opinions."

"I think we're a lot closer as a group now, friendship-wise," adds Laura. "I think we've really bonded as people, and that means our sound has really bonded too. We're able to criticise each other musically now without anyone getting offended and that means the music overall will be better. I think we've all grown up a lot and we see this as building towards a bigger future." Their growing confidence in their own skills paid dividends during the recording of Fly Away, on which they were assisted by their new producer (who also works as a jazz trumpeter and songwriter), James McMillan. On previous albums, the emphasis had been on capturing the ethereal, collective sound of the group, all the while including some solo tracks focusing on one or two individuals at a time. This time around, the celebrated All Angels ensemble work is still there, but there are more solo passages, while they've also moved the individual voices around in the harmony sections to create new tonalities and effects.

Group Determination

Indeed, time seems to be proving that the quartet's determination to maintain what could be described as their work-work balance was the most cunning plan they could have devised. While other groups can end up living on top of each other for months on end and driving each other mad, the Angels find that their various academic and musical activities leave them refreshed and raring to go when they come back together for a new project. When they played some outdoor concerts with Katherine Jenkins this summer, they tried out some of the new songs onstage, and were delighted to find them being eagerly embraced by the audience.

"I've just finished my first year studying French and Spanish at University College London, and it's been great, but I'm so happy that All Angels happened," says Melanie Nakhla. "It has changed my life completely, and I know it's for the better. It's just so much fun as well as hard work." Besides her linguistic skills and ongoing studies for her pilot's license, Melanie displayed precocious singing ability from the age of eight. She was a prizewinner at the Oswestry Eisteddfod at 10, and was head of the choir at Wycombe Abbey School in Buckinghamshire. She also appeared most recently at the opening of Shrewsbury's new theatre, Theatre Severn, at which she performed solo in the show created for the event.

"I feel I've discovered a completely new part of my voice during these recordings," declares Charlotte Ritchie, who has just completed her first year of studying Drama and English at Bristol University. Her pre-Angels experiences included joining the National Youth Music Theatre when she was 11, winning a much-fought-over screen role in Harry Potter: The Goblet Of Fire, acting opposite Michael Sheen and Cherie Lunghi in the short film The Open Doors, and most recently appearing with Caroline Quentin in Life Of Riley for the BBC.

Laura sees All Angels as a way of communicating her own musical passions to a wider, maybe even a cooler, audience. "A lot of my friends don't listen to classical music, but that's what we're trying to do - introduce it to younger people and show that it's not geeky or sad to listen to classical music. We don't think so!"

 

 

 

NEWS 2007

18 December, 2006
'Angels' single out now

The new single, 'Angels' is released today - Monday 18th December. Also featuring 'Silent Night', 'You've Got A Friend' and a video clip of Angels- it is the first ever Christmas single in partnership with The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal. Tipped by William Hill and HMV as one of the favourites for the Christmas number one, a contribution from every copy of the single sold will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

 

 



Silent Night - All Angels

 

The Royal British Legion protects the interests, welfare and memory of British serving and ex-Service people and their dependants.  Around 10.5 million people - of all ages �are eligible to approach the Legion for its Poppy Support, which includes grant-making to those in need, pensions and benefits advice, vocational assessment and careers advice, home and hospital visits as well as the provision of full nursing care.  This work is funded through the Poppy Appeal and the donations and sponsorship of individuals, groups and businesses which support its aims. Last year the Poppy Appeal raised a total of 24.7 million. This year the Legion hopes to raise a record ½26 million.

'Angels' is out now.

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10 January, 2007
From today you can buy All Angels album downloads from www.classicsandjazz.co.uk

UCJ, to whom All Angels are signed to, have launched a brand new digital store. www.classicsandjazz.co.uk is largest ever download store for classical and jazz music. The site has been designed not only for music purchasing, but also to offer interactive and educational functions. Features include minute clips of every track, reviews that you can read from professionals and other users, a discover section where you can read about current affairs effecting the classical and jazz genres and messageboards, to allow the user to interact with others over their choices, likes and dislikes.

The site will also features artist biographies, galleries, tour dates, news and will contain exclusive artist content, such as podcasts and studio blogs.

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2 January, 2007

All Angels and the team at Universal would like to wish you all a very Happy New Year. We hope you all had a great Christmas and would like to wish you best wishes for 2007.

 

 



 

NEWS 2006

To celebrate the launch of their new website (2006) the girls are offering a fantastic prize to their fans....

The 500th person to sign up will be the winner and receive signed, framed pictures of the girls! These exclusive images aren’t available anywhere else!! Good Luck.

 



Albums


 

 

Fly Away

  • 1. I'll Fly Away ( 04:05 )

     
  • 2. Blowin' In The Wind ( 04:05 )

     
  • 3. Simple Gifts ( 03:04 )

     
  • 4. Come Away With Me ( 02:42 )

     
  • 5. Send In The Clowns ( 04:34 )

     
  • 6. Cucurrucucu Paloma ( 03:52 )

     
  • 7. All Love Can Be ( 03:07 )

     
  • 8. I Dream of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair - Full Length ( 03:29 )

     
  • 9. Deep River ( 03:29 )

     
  • 10. I Loves You Porgy/Summertime Medley ( 04:01 )

     
  • 11. Somewhere ( 02:46 )

     
  • 12. Black Is The Colour of My True Love's Hair ( 04:27 )

     
  • 13. Sleep ( 03:57 )

 

 

Into Paradise

  • 1. Sancte Deus (Nimrod) ( 03:23 )

     
  • 2. In Paradisum ( 03:05 )

     
  • 3. Make Me A Channel of Your Peace ( 02:35 )

     
  • 4. Swing Low ( 01:27 )

     
  • 5. The Scientist ( 03:58 )

     
  • 6. The Sound Of Silence ( 04:04 )

     
  • 7. Lament (Band of Brothers) ( 04:20 )

     
  • 8. Lift Up Your Voice (Arrival of The Queen of Sheba) ( 04:06 )

     
  • 9. Canzonetta Sull' aria ( 03:02 )

     
  • 10. Pie Jesu ( 04:35 )

     
  • 11. Singing You Through ( 04:29 )

     
  • 12. Nothing Compares 2 U ( 04:30 )

     
  • 13. Zadok The Priest ( 05:21 )

     
  • 14. Laudate Dominum - Rondeau ( 01:59 )

 

 

All Angels

  • 1. Songbird ( 02:55 )

     
  • 2. The Flower Duet (from Lakmé) ( 04:56 )

     
  • 3. Salve Regina (based on Pachelbel's Canon) ( 03:47 )

     
  • 4. Steal Away ( 02:44 )

     
  • 5. The Windmills Of Your Mind ( 03:05 )

     
  • 6. Barcarolle (from The Tales of Hoffman) ( 03:25 )

     
  • 7. Hosanna ( 03:04 )

     
  • 8. Ave Verum Corpus (Theme From Brideshead Revisited) ( 03:31 )

     
  • 9. Angels ( 04:19 )

     
  • 10. Ave Maria ( 03:28 )

     
  • 11. Pokarekare Ana ( 03:15 )

     
  • 12. Agnus Dei ( 06:25 )

     
  • 13. Sancte Deus (Nimrod) ( 03:24 )

     
  • 14. Make Me A Channel of Your Peace ( 02:37 )

     
  • 15. Pie Jesu ( 04:37 )

     
  • 16. The Windmills Of Your Mind (Sunset Mix) ( 04:30 )

 

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