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London Theatre: The Tina Turner Musical

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The musical Tina returns to London for at least a year, in fact you can book tickets from 21 June 2021 to 26 June 2022. The musical will be at the Aldwych Theater 49 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DF in central London.

Tina Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock and grew up in Nutbush, Tennessee. From humble beginnings Tina has managed to become a star and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo artist. The musical tells about her life and the ups and downs of her long career, you will hear many songs you know.

She began in the 1960s with her then husband Ike Turner, she became known for hits like A Fool in Love, River Deep – Mountain High and Proud Mary. After her abusive marriage ended, Tina rebuilt her career and staged a big solo comeback in the mid-1980s. In 1984, her fifth solo album, Private Dancer, became a worldwide success.

The musical was a huge hit in the UK during its West End premiere. Now it finally returns after the pandemic. The whole musical lasts three hours with an intermission in between.

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Dua Lipa, the most listened to artist in the UK in 2020

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The latest album by Dua Lipa won many awards but was also the most listened to in 2020 It took the title from Ed Sheeran who is the most listened to artist in the UK in 2017, 2018 and 2019 However Sheeran ranks second followed by Ariana Grande and Sam Smith .

 Dua Lipa’s album was the soundtrack of many people’s pandemic, with its enthusiastic disco anthems providing the perfect antidote to isolation. The album was released just four days after the first lockdown in England. .

 Dua Lipa is a British singer born in London of Kosovo parents, known for her song” New Rules “, her first to reach the top of the charts. It is not just her music that makes her famous, but the lyrics that writes to accompany her. The father period singer and guitarist of a rock group in Albania.

Lipa’s debut album “Dua Lipa” was released on June 2nd 2017 and reached number one in the UK.

 

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Keeping Up Appearances; from Hyacinth Bucket to Eleanor Rigby

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Keeping Up Appearances was a British sitcom that ran on BBC television from 1990 – 1995. It featured a woman called Hyacinth Bucket, which she insisted was pronounced Bouquet. The humour lay in watching her attempts at social climbing. She lived to impress her unfortunate neighbours, who tried to avoid her! 
Coincidentally, at that time, I was in contact with relatives, who erroneously insisted on a French pronunciation of their surname, and were oblivious to their ridiculous behaviour.
 
While the programme was enjoyed for its comedic effect, some people in real life struggle to keep up appearances and it is no laughing matter. People who have social status, such as by being a home owner, but lack actual income, are said to be in genteel poverty. This leads to reduced  spending and failing to replace things that are broken. By keeping up appearances, others are not aware of the true state of affairs.
 
 
The March family in the novel Little Women, by Louisa M Alcott, are an example of genteel poverty. They gave up their Christmas dinner to take to a family, who were in absolute poverty. Today, people who have very little themselves, may leave an item to be collected for the food bank, on their way out of the supermarket.
 
Another sort of keeping up appearances, is the disguising of emotions. This may extend to hiding actual physical or mental abuse. Victims of controlling behaviour may show no sign to the outside world, suffering at home in silence. 
 
In “Eleanor Rigby”, the song by Paul McCartney, the woman disguises her loneliness by appearing cheerful, wearing a face that she keeps in a jar by the door, as the song says. She is an example of all the lonely people,  who keep up appearances.
 
 Footnote : As a tribute to the Beatles, Tommy Steele commissioned a statue of Eleanor Rigby, (a fictitious person, although the name is found in a Liverpool graveyard) It is placed not far from the site of the club, the Cavern, where the Beatles first performed.
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Test your vocal range on this website

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You can test your vocal range on this website.

This website will help you find out your vocal range and who are the singers that have a range similar to yours.

The best way to improve your singing is to practice, but there are also other ways to help you improve your voice. This website is a great resource for anyone who wants to sing better. There are many tests you can try for free and it’s fun even if you don’t normally sing, not even in the shower.  You can test whether you can sing in tune which is very useful to know!

Vocal range is a term used to describe how far a person’s voice can reach. The vocal range of a person is the range of pitches and tones that a person’s voice can produce. It is measured in terms of the number of octaves that can be produced.

The vocal range for humans is usually around two octaves. Humans usually have a range between 40 and 120 Hz, although some people may have ranges as low as 40 Hz or as high as 120 Hz.

 

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