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Classical superstar to dazzle at Christmas

Stars set to shine this Christmas!
Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park 2007
Saturday 24 November 7:30pm

Classical superstar to dazzle at Christchurch’s Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park

Will Martin has just launched the first of five albums with the world’s largest classical record label, but the at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park have known for years that he is something special. The star in the making will be performing at the Christchurch edition of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, making it his third performance at the iconic Kiwi event.

Described as a talent that only comes along once in a generation, Will Martin (22) comes from the North Shore of Auckland. He has worked hard to achieve success and without the representation of a manager or a lawyer, has survived a record company bidding war to secure a major five album deal in the UK.

His next challenge is performing in front of over 200,000 New Zealanders at Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park, where he will sing ‘Nowell’ and his first single, ‘Going Home’.

“Will is achieving great success abroad, but to us he will always be that amazing guy who walked into the Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park auditions several years ago,” says the event’s artistic producer, Kate Ward-Smythe. Kate credits his singing teacher, Janice Webb, with helping to put Will on the road to success.

Will’s album, ‘A New World’, includes a classical collection of crossover songs, including ‘Into the West’ (the theme song from Lord of the Rings originally sung by Annie Lennox) and Ennio Morricones’ Cinema Paradiso.
Will is to be joined at the Christchurch edition of Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park by big names including Simon Barnett and Gary McCormick, Jackie Clarke, Frankie Stevens and Steve Broad. Around 30 acts in total will perform before an anticipated crowd of over 100,000 at Christchurch’s Hagley Park beginning at 7:30pm.

Since 1994 Coca-Cola Christmas in the Park has raised millions of dollars for child health related charities. Funds from this year’s concerts will go to Youthline, and all proceeds will be dedicated to the support of youth work services and youth mentoring.

Coca-Cola is a registered Trademark of The Coca-Cola Company.


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