Evoking traditional, Celtic and ethnic influences from around the world, the debut solo album from Fiona Wight will have your emotions soaring and tumbling as they are swept along the journey of a young woman’s life and loves.
Working in collaboration with Cathal Synnott, Musical Director of Riverdance, and Ireland ’s premiere young producer, Mark McCabe, Fiona has created an exciting and emotional contemporary Celtic World album. Her enchanting voice blends with the beautiful sound of Ireland’s most outstanding young musicians.
Singing, writing, producing and playing the piano on her album, Fiona amply demonstrates the talent and skills she has developed during her musical life – performing in 21 countries across 5 continents over the last 10 years. The album features new songs from Fiona, stunning new interpretations of traditional songs, plus other works from modern Celtic writers such as Rolf Lovland and Ronan Hardiman.
Now her music video ‘She Moved Through the Fair’ is to be aired on the 24-hour classical music video channel, Classic FM television.
The Celtic Experience
Drawn to the west Fiona moved to Ireland , where she joined world-renowned Celtic vocal group Anúna. She fast became a well-loved soloist with the group, and was selected to represent Irish President Mary McAleese on her state visit to South America . She toured Europe and America , recorded for TV and radio, and performed on Anúna albums and music videos during her time with the group.
Fiona’s distinctive, crystalline voice was soon picked up by Riverdance. She landed the part of lead singer in the show touring Ireland , Asia , America , and is now the featured soloist on the Riverdance 2007 UK tour.
Fiona was classically trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London after winning the prestigious BBC UK Choirgirl of the Year competition and also the Royal School of Church music Choirgirl of the Year as a young teen. At just 16 years old Fiona was invited to join the National Youth Choir of Great Britain on their World Tour as a soloist.
Her first album, recorded at the age of 14, was a top ten classical chart release. Recorded with the UK Choirboy of the Year, it was received to national acclaim,
"together they give the best performance I have heard of Lloyd Webber's Pie Jesu." - The Daily Mail.
The Starting Point
With strong Celtic roots and a love of all music, Fiona’s first memories are of singing folk songs from around the world with her sisters. She grew up surrounded by the music of the bagpipes, fiddle, bodhrán, tuba, trumpet, piano, bass guitar, clarinet, mbira, drums...to name a few. Music and singing were the most natural output for her emotions.
Praise for Fiona's Debut Solo Album
"The Last Rose is a heartbreakingly beautiful showcase for Fiona Wight's delicious soprano voice - so angelic it's almost devious" - Cora Venus Lunny
"Can she sing, you ask? Do elephants have trunks? Formally with Anuna, a BBC Choirgirl of the Year and a regular with Riverdance. Yep, this one oozes quality" - All Celtic Musicz
"New light shining on old standards" - Ireland's RTE Lyric FM
“Anyone with a fondness for Celtic music, those who have dabbled with classical music or has a love of Irish tunes will find themselves entranced by this rare and delicate blossom" - Wears the Trousers
“Fiona's singing is peerless: crystalline and gorgeously glossy-toned, very much at the smooth end of the spectrum away from the rough edges of the traditional singer” - Net Rhythms
Media Coverage for The Last Rose (Since February 2007)
BBC Scotland, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Radio Manchester, BBC Radio Kent, Celtic Music Radio, Scottish Internet Radio
ITV - Meridian Evening News
Classic FM television
The Manchester Evening News, The Kent Messenger, Wears the Trousers, Net Rhythms, Music Maker
Highlights of Fiona’s performing career
Fiona has sung in more than 21 countries on 5 continents over the past 10 years, some of the high points from the UK & Ireland include:
The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin (Riverdance); The Edinburgh Playhouse (Riverdance); The Opera House, Manchester (Riverdance); The Glasgow Festival Hall (Celtic Connections); The Royal Albert Hall, London (with Sir Cliff Richard); The Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Festival Hall, London; The National Concert Hall, Ireland; Buxton Opera House; Grand Opera House, Northern Ireland; Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh; (Anúna); The Hippodrome, London; The Churchill Theatre (with BBC Radio Two Young Musician of the Year); UK Houses of Parliament (Sarah Ferguson fundraising gala with Boy George); Charity event with the Archbishop of Canterbury; Westminster Central Hall, London; Saint James’s Palace (for Prince Edward).
Radio and TV performances have been many and varied including:
BBC 1; ITV; FOX Television ( USA ); Classic FM; BBC World Service; RTE ( Ireland ); TV3 ( Ireland ). BBC Children in Need (Her voice was ‘auctioned’ by Terry Wogan); GMTV (ITV); Joy to the World (BBC); Songs of Praise (BBC); Gloria Hunniford’s Christmas Gala concert (BBC); Good Morning Sunday (BBC); The Reel Blend (BBC Scotland); Spring Harvest (BBC).