Kathy comes home

Pictures Martin Bostock.'Saturday night at Lytham Proms.'Katherine Jenkins.
Pictures Martin Bostock.'Saturday night at Lytham Proms.'Katherine Jenkins.
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Superstar Katherine Jenkins enjoyed her recent Lytham Proms appearance so much she’s heading back to the Fylde coast next year.

The mezzo-soprano beauty has included Blackpool Opera House on her next nationwide tour and tickets for the February 4 show go on sale this Friday from 9.30am.

“It’s great to be coming back so soon,” Katherine told Duke’s Diary. “My visit to Lytham was brilliant.

“I really enjoyed myself, the crowd was amazing and we were so very lucky with the weather. I’d certainly come back and do it all again if they asked me.”

She admits she loves the atmosphere at open air summer shows but felt the time was now right to return to her concert hall roots.

“My last tour came on the back of the album Believe and was much more pop in its approach so it needed an arena setting because of the big production behind it,” said Katherine. “This is more a return to what I’m known for. My new album, Daydream, is a far more intimate one and I wanted the tour to reflect that side of me.

“It’s back to the kind of venues that I started in.”

It’s also a return to the Blackpool Opera House – one of the biggest theatres on the forthcoming 21 venue tour.

Katherine was one of the Royal Variety stars when the show came from Blackpool.

“That was brilliant – I loved it – and it’s great to be going back there with a full show,” she said.

The new album is released on October 10 and is her most personal to date drawing together music and songs she loves from across classical, traditional, folk and easy pop that have inspired her over the course of her life.

She says she also listens to what her fans want to hear when it comes to choosing material to record.

“People do talk to me and I’ve always listened to my fans,” she says. “My whole approach is that they are the people who have made this all possible for me so if that means coming up me in supermarkets then that’s all right.

“Even my window cleaner was giving me advice the other week!”

But she also concentrates on songs which move her.

“There has to be an emotional connection because, after all, I’m going to be singing them over and over again.

“It would be awful if I had to keep singing something that I hated. I don’t think I could do it – and certainly with any enthusiasm.”

Although she is now one of the best known voices and most familiar faces in the world she insists much of her fame has surprised her.

“When I started out I had no idea what was ahead if me,” she says. “I just wanted people to come and see me and like me.

“I know how lucky I have been but I’m also aware that I might wake up one day and it will all be over.

“I tend to look at things in the short term rather than the long – so even though the tour isn’t until next year I just know it will be here before I realise it.”

n Tickets for the February 4 Blackpool show go on sale from 9.30am on Friday and are available from the Winter Gardens box office in person, www.blackpoollive.com or on 0844 856 1111, priced at £27.50, £37.50, £47.50 and £65.

Telephone and internet bookings may be subject to a booking fee.