People and Personalities
Eleanor’s building a reputation!
Eleanor Purcell has been dubbed "the white van diva" as she's been building a fan base amongst the most unlikely people - her husband's builder work mates!
The 33-year-old full-time mother from Hatfield has had a passion for opera from an early age.
“I did music at school and sang in the choir and in Staffordshire County Choir when I was younger and then did singing at college” she said, “I just love classical music”.
And while her builder husband Rod wasn't too sure about her love for it to begin with, soon he was humming along to all the classics himself.
She even made some early demos of songs such as "Ave Maria" for him to play when he was working which he played all his builder mates as well. They proved to be so popular that the CDs are now available in her local builder's merchants J and H Tool Hire and she has to keep taking back more and more copies as they've been inundated with orders!
“I started doing some recording and my husband showed it to some friends and they liked it and it escalated from there” she explained.
“It’s sort of crossover that I’m doing. So some of it’s traditional classical and some of it’s slightly more poppy”.
She has now been discovered by a manager who is a veteran of the music business - Alan Seifert. His first discovery was Elkie Brooks who became the biggest selling British female singer until superceded by his next client Elaine Paige. He also managed Marianne Faithfull, Toyah Willcox, Hazel O'Connor and most recently discovered Nerina Pallot.
Eleanor first came to Seifert’s attention courtesy of his brother, and it was in a most unusual way, which really advocates the saying “being in the right place at the right time”!
“Rod was working in a house in North London and was playing the CD and [the owner] happened to be the brother of Alan Seifert” Eleanor explained.
Seifert’s brother told Alan about a builder working in his home who only ever played music by a classical artist who was well known to the building fraternity. An introduction was arranged and he was blown away by this young working class lady making beautiful music that didn't appear to fit with her background.
“When he [Alan] said he was impressed and wanted to meet me I was like “Wow” and we took things from there” revealed Eleanor!
Now she hopes to bring opera to the masses, starting with an album to be released later this year.
“Alan’s put me in touch with Stud Productions and they really wanted to work on an album so we’re working on one that’s supposed to be released in Autumn this year” revealed Eleanor, “but the first single ‘Chasing Cars’ is available already on iTunes.
“Also, what I’m really excited about is that these guys are writers but they’ve said they are going to use some of the stuff that I’ve written as well” she added.
“So my musical interpretation of Ave Maria is going on the album as well”.
last updated: 08/07/2008 at 11:58
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