Aliki, releases "My kind of Christmas" with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra
Aliki who rose to fame after her mesmerising audition on Britain's Got Talent, gives her unique take on a selection of Classic Christmas Favorites
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The internationally renowned British- Greek Classically trained soprano and Honorary Ambassador of the Encephalitis Society, Aliki, who still continues, after her success on Britain’s Got Talent, to move the world with her charismatic voice and unique story, today she moves, even closer to her audience with the worldwide release of her first Christmas album, ”My kind of Christmas". The album will be available worldwide on November 13 on CD as well as in electronic format.
“The release of my Christmas album "My kind of Christmas" is a dream come true for me. Christmas is my favourite holiday of the year and as such a Christmas album was something I wanted to do for a long time. The difficulties that humanity is going through, during this period, have given me the inspiration and the opportunity to give the world a gift that will bring hope for a better tomorrow", Aliki comments.
The album was recorded at the famous Smecky Studios, in Prague, with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Paul Bateman. This is the second collaboration between the two, the first being Aliki’s first album called “Reflections”.
Aliki combines the classical with the contemporary and loves to mix various styles together and at the same time performing in over 5 languages, 3 of which can be heard in her Christmas album.
"My kind of Christmas" is a journey into Aliki’s Christmas memories, from her childhood until the arrival of her eldest son, who was born on Christmas day. The album is a collection of classic and contemporary Christmas songs that have been loved and continue to be loved around the world. Timeless and unforgettable musical pieces, which we all have associated with the happiness of our childhood, but also the love and warmth that surrounds the Christmas season.
The album includes the song "Silent Night", which captures the true meaning of Christmas; the birth of Christ, as well as the importance of the inner search for truth and love. The track "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" is a wish, from the bottom of Aliki’s heart, spreading the magic of Christmas to the whole world. The album includes some all-time classic Christmas songs, like “Santa Baby” and Schubert’s “Ave Maria”. The last track, "Angels We Have Heard on High", lifts the soul with its timeless lyrics.
Commenting on the release of her Christmas album, Aliki said:
"Life is full of surprises. Many times we go through different situations, which we, as individuals cannot change. All we can do is take advantage of what is happening around us, trying to see the positive in each situation, turning any difficulty into memories and moments that will stay with us for a lifetime. This album shares a part of my journey, with moments from my childhood, as well as more recent, special moments that my two little boys give me every day. Each song was chosen with love, and each one left such a special mark on my life; so much that I was looking forward to sharing it with my audience, who have been showing me so much love for so many years.”
Aliki ,has taken an active and leading role in global philanthropic work, including her participation in the London Marathon, Virgin Money, 2015, and in a half marathon in Cyprus, raising public awareness.
During her long career, Aliki has collaborated with artists around the world, including tenor Marios Frangoulis, the group Il Divo, the Greek-Cypriot singer and songwriter Michalis Hatzigiannis, George Perris and many others. At the same time, she has participated in musical performances around the world, including the USA, Canada, Mexico, the Canary Islands, Greece, France, Malta and the UK, as well as concerts for the President of the Republic of Cyprus and the British Forces in Cyprus.
Aliki is a Classical Crossover artist and soprano of British - Greek origin. She grew up in London and her studies in music began with a Bachelor of Music at Sheffield University and upon completion, she earned a scholarship to study at the Herbert Berghof Studio in New York, where she completed the iconic American actor-teacher’s Uta Hagen Method of Musical Theatre and Drama. At the same time Aliki went on to further her classical vocal studies with renowned teachers from The Juilliard School of Music and Drama and conductors of the Metropolitan Opera to legendary soprano Nelly Miricioiu. She studied closely with Tenor Armando Mora and took master classes with PierGiorgio Del Nunzio, Marco Balteri, Steven Crawford, Rob Johnston.
Her collaborations with conductors include Lukas Karytinos, Yiannis Hadjiloizou, Richard Hein and Miriam Nemcova and Adam Klemens, and performance include the Concert in the Park for the British Troops, The Sound of Music with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra and the Youth Cyprus Symphony Orchestra. Aliki has been making her mark and has performed the opening of Youth Sailing World Championships among others and has been invited by the Mayor of Limassol to perform at celebratory events, by the Cyprus International Airport to create a film promoting the country and it was a great honour to perform for the President and the First Lady at the Presidential Palace in Cyprus.
November 10, 2020 7:00pm ET by ALIKI