I just wanted to write a blog to say thank you to everyone.
Firstly, thank you to my friends, family, colleagues and everyone who has supported me on my journey this far. Without you in my life I would not have been able to get through some tough times. I would also not be able to continue progressing and moving forward. Knowing that I have a safety net beneath me encourages me to take bigger risks.
But also thank you to everyone who has ever caused me pain. Thank you. Sincerely. You have made me reflect on my life and change. You have helped me to learn lessons I would not otherwise have been able to learn. To grow stronger in myself. And to develop my fighting attitude. I have never had anything handed to me on a silver platter. I have had to work hard and earn it for myself. This helps me to value and treasure everything I have.
On Wednesday evening I was asked to perform at a big charity fundraiser with Victor Michael and the Three Sopranos. I didn't realise before I got there... but it was a pretty big gig.
FORMER PREMIER League referee Mark Halsey was hosting a special ball at Emirates Old Trafford to raise funds and awareness for the Mark Halsey Fund which supports The Christie Hospital.
The Red Card Ball was held at The Point in Old Trafford Cricket Ground and was attended by some of the top names in football, including David Moyes, Manuel Pellegrini, Brendan Rogers, Gerard Houllier and Roberto Martinez.
Bolton-based Halsey, who is now a pundit for BT Sport after hanging up his whistle , successfully beat cancer in 2009 and has written a book, Added Time, about his years in refereeing which has recently been published.
The event, which included a four-course dinner, was hosted by Darren Fletcher and sports commentator John Gwynne.
I have some pictures below that you can take a look at. My favourite pictures are of all the football Managers dancing along and then the standing ovation at the end. This was a really special night for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Thanks to Graham Moreton for being the Official photographer of the evening.
In the first week in November I was invited to perform for the Windsor Medical Society on their annual trip abroad. After going to St Petersburg in the snow last year they decided that this year they wanted to go somewhere hot! Hello Marrakech!
And I was invited to sing for them on the final night at a formal dinner in one of the best restaurants in the city.
On our travels we were constantly greeted by cats. They were everywhere! Having studied Photography A Level back when I was a student at Beaconsfield High School in Buckinghamshire, I decided to turn the cats into a little Photography project!
Meet Aladdin the Lantern cat:
Look up and you will see Tom the Rooftop cat!
This little lady was posing perfectly by this pink flower:
I love how this cheeky pair have left paw prints all over this dusty car:
Casually walking across some grave stones...
Mr. Kipling the Bakery cat
This guy was just too cool; licking himself while sat on a motobike:
I felt sorry for this lonely looking cat:
I named this little Kitten Carrot:
Just having a good ole' yawn in the shade:
Can you think of a good name for this last cat? I couldn't think of a caption. Maybe you could help me out?
Anyway, that is just a bit of fun!
Here is a picture of all the people who I was here with:
And I promise I did do some singing while I was away!
Let's hope that I brought some of that 30 degree centigrade sunshine home with me. It's been pretty chilly back in the UK!
Here are some photos of my performance for the Rugby Union Charity Wooden Spoon with "England's winning Tenor" Martin Toal and the amazing Lareena Mitchel from BBC1's The Voice as an Adele Tribute. It was a pretty big venue with around 700 people attending in Blackpool's Devere Hotel.
It was also attended by boxer Brian Rose who is the current WBO Intercontinental and British Champion and is part of a select group that has retained the Lonsdale Belt having made 3 successful defences of the British Title.
The event raised over £10,000 for charity! It was a real honour to have been apart of this fantastic event.
Also Check out this amazing Mixing Desk! How cool is the fact that they can programme your name into it. And of course they colour coded me as Pink. :)
Til next time!
Someone asked me the other day; "you sing, you freedive, you're a nice person; what's the catch? What are your flaws?"
So here it is...
God giveth with one hand and taketh with the other.
He gave me an amazing singing voice. But he punished me by giving me a fondness for tasty food and the ability to burn absolutely everything I try to cook.
Here are a few examples of my cooking skills from the past 12 months or so.
14th October 2013 - Cheese for dinner
(Given up hope. Didn't even bother with a plate. Can you see the teeth marks?)
10th October 2013 - Garlic bread
24th September 2013 - Pizza
(And this was after I had had some cooking lessons from friends)
1st July 2013 - Coco pops in a pint glass
(My excuse for this one is that I was moving house and I was staying in a hotel in between moving)
13th March 2013 - Chicken Nuggets
I thought there was a funny smell coming from the kitchen. It was my lunch! Must have been hours...
29th Nov 2012 - Even my fried eggs are unhappy.
Why? Because I work to hard and often forget about feeding myself.
Do I still eat it? Yes! Because by this point I am really hungry! And who is to say that the second attempt will be any better.
How do I survive? I take vitamin supplements daily.
But hey, let's not judge too much! Here is a video of me doing something I can do...
Does this make up for it?
Hope this made you giggle.
NOTE: No pizza was harmed in the making of this blog.
Invitations for cooking lessons and dinner parties are gratefully received.
Otherwise the tragic cremating of food will continue.
Do you follow me on twitter? (@Jenny_Coleman)
If so you will already know this.
If not then sort it out! You are already behind on the latest!
So anyway. Here is the news... the moment you have all been waiting for.
Today when I returned to my flat in Manchester after working in Windsor/London/Norfolk all week, I found this waiting on my doorstep.
The New York Composer Jim Lahti has written 4 songs for me:
Four Love Poems ~ on texts by Theodore Roethke ~
I am literally so excited I could explode.
No to find the time to learn them. And I think I have just the concert next year in Gloucester where I could perform them...
Jennifer is thrilled to announce that she is now on the books of Westendents.com
West End Entertainments is the top UK Entertainment Agency in the business and have access to quality artists based across every part of the UK and worldwide.
You can view her profile here:
Jennifer Coleman - is a classical / opera singer, and vocal coach, performing across the UK and internationally.