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Morning Has Broken is the new single from rising talent Emmie Beckitt and Rick Wakeman. This is a newly recorded version of this classic song which was made famous by Cat Stevens in 1971, arranged and accompanied by Rick Wakeman. This new version of Morning Has Broken was recorded by Emmie with the English Chamber Choir, the Orion Orchestra, and features Rick Wakeman on keyboards. Rick first met Emmie, who has been singing classical repertoire since the age of ten, at a fundraiser for Kids ‘n’ Cancer and was so impressed by her crystal clear voice and effortless range that he decided to record a song from his oratorio The New Gospels with her.
Emmie is currently studying for her for A Levels, she also takes part in the Senior School Chamber Choir at St Augustines, Scarborough, North Yorkshire. She is also a member of her school orchestra and jazz band, as she plays tenor saxophone, violin and piano. When aged only 13, she supported Katherine Jenkins in concert and a year later, appeared at Roy Wood s sell-out show at the Birmingham Symphony Hall, where she received a standing ovation. She recently sang The Hymn, composed by Sir Tim Rice and Rick Wakeman, with an orchestra and choir, at The Sage Gateshead, as part of the Tim Rice Concert Series.
Rick is a Fellow of the Royal College of Music, Professor of the London College of Music, former YES keyboard player, Watchdog presenter and renowned Grumpy Old Man. Classically trained pianist Rick began his career as a much-sought-after session musician in the late Sixties, playing on more than 2,000 records by a wide variety of artists, including Cat Stevens, David Bowie, Marc Bolan and Black Sabbath. In the early Seventies, he found fame in his own right as a member of first Strawbs and then YES. As a solo artist and with YES, he has sold more than 50,000,000 albums. He has written a number of film scores and has become a TV regular, appearing on shows like Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Countdown. This new version of Morning Has Broken, is a both beautifully and melodic. It is released by Hope Records via Nova Distribution, on 7th April 2017.
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