London’s leading classical-crossover girl group, Ida Girls London have today released their new medley Stars, which features iconic songs from the long-running musical theatre show Les Misérables.
All proceeds from downloads of the single on iTunes will go to Help Musicians, an independent UK charity for professional musicians of all genres, from starting out through to retirement. It provides the extra support they need at a crucial stage that could make or break their career.
Having trained at some of the world’s leading conservatoires, the four sopranos – Georgi Mottram, Wendy Carr, Jasmine Faulkner and Sarah Vaughan – are known for their stunning re-worked operatic arias, chart-topping hits and musical theatre favourites. Their unique talents have taken their mesmerising show across the continent from the West End to headlining the Australian performing arts festival, NOOSA alive!
Originally created and performed for a fundraising concert at Leicester Haymarket, Stars will now be shared widely for the first time with each singer recording their part of the video individually during lockdown from their homes in Aberdeenshire, Jersey and London. The video was then produced in-house with musical arrangements by Wendy Carr. It features performances from the girls alongside beautiful photographs of much-loved theatre venues and concert halls where musicians would normally be performing. These images were kindly provided by The Theatres Trust, a national charity that campaigns to protect theatre buildings for current and future generations.
Georgi Mottram said: “Everyone is feeling the impact of Coronavirus in some way, including musicians. Communities all over the UK have come together to raise money for the NHS and charities. Their generosity is humbling and it inspired us to give something back. With our live performances postponed for the foreseeable future, including shows at Kings Theatre Portsmouth, Aynhoe Park, Buckingham Palace and further afield in Japan and Australia, we felt moved to use our voices for good. We hope that by releasing Stars in aid of Help Musicians we can not only lift spirits but also raise funds for the charity’s invaluable work.”
Check out the video below and download the beautiful single from iTunes here. Each download could make a huge difference to musicians through times of crisis, but also at times of opportunity and Ida are so thankful for your support.