The iconic anthems of female superstars from Shirley Bassey to Beyoncé are to be celebrated in an uplifting live music show to mark International Women’s Day.
Diva brings together the 50-piece Limelight Orchestra with pop, soul, jazz and musical theatre vocalists for a special one-off event at Nottingham’s Royal Concert Hall on 8 March 2020.
The celebratory concert will feature memorable renditions of songs from the most iconic female singers of the last 50 years including Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Mariah Carey, Kylie, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé and Lizzo backed by a breathtakingly big sound from the city’s leading contemporary orchestra.
The show captures the strength of women through five decades of classic hits from Get This Party Started, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, I’m Every Woman, Lady Marmalade, I Am What I Am, Run The World and Crazy In Love.
To mark the tickets going on sale, the organisers are now inviting people to vote for their biggest and most badass song by a Diva with the winning number being added to the programme. Follow the Diva social media to find out how to vote and be in with a chance to win tickets.
Co-hosted by singer-songwriter Nina Smith and Kemet FM’s Jackie P, the concert will also feature the Nottingham Women’s Centre choir.
Nina said: “What it means to be a DIVA for me stretches way past just being able to sing huge power ballads. For us women it represents female strength & power. Power to lead, power to be brave and power to achieve. The two artists I’ve invited to perform alongside the Limelight Orchestra for DIVA represent just that. Emily Makis has a special gift of knowing self worth and showing incredible tenacity to achieve in all that she does musically. I admire the way she can command a stage with her beautiful vocals and confidence. Whether she’s producing her own music, or writing songs for other artists, her leadership qualities spotlight her outer DIVA. Betsey was a no brainer to the addition of this show after hearing her perform her power ballad ‘Survive’. Written from her own personal experience overcoming adversities, she’s another perfect example of what it takes to be a DIVA.”
The concert will also be raising money for the Nottingham Women’s Centre, which has been working for more than 40 years to help women gain the confidence and skills to achieve their full potential.
Aga Kelly, Nottingham Women’s Centre, said: “What a great idea! We can’t wait to be part of this night celebrating International Women’s Day. Our choir is already choosing what they want to sing, and we hope everyone comes out to share a wonderful evening celebrating strong women everywhere.”
The Nottingham Girls’ High School Choir will also be performing as the chorus. Further additions to the programme to be announced.
Now the search is on for the most inspiring women in the region to sing a female power anthem on stage with the singers and the Limelight Orchestra at the concert. All you need to do is to post using the hashtag #DivaNotts and finish the sentence ‘I am a Diva because…’ or nominate your favourite Diva for a chance for them to appear on stage.
Perfect as a Christmas gift for the favourite Diva in your life, tickets have now gone on sale and are available to purchase online from the Royal Concert Hall. Prices range from £19.50 to £29.50. Click here https://trch.co.uk/whats-on/diva/
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The Limelight Orchestra
The Limelight Orchestra performs contemporary entertainment music through a unique orchestral and vocal format. Formed in 2016, Limelight originated in Nottingham and takes its name from a reference to the Victorian stage lighting which were lit by burning a Lime mix; hence ‘in and out of the limelight’. Thematic shows have included a celebration of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee birthday, a Ska big band Hootenanny, a centenary show on World War One and Suffragette votes for Women 1918.
Nina Smith loves Nottingham. Her music and inspiration stem from CRS Studios, where she learnt her craft. Her use of social media is rooted in the city and its people. Most of her songwriting takes place in London, with Producer Yoad Nevo (Sia/Sugababes/Goldfrapp) and his Nevosound studio. Her tone is reminiscent of early Janet Jackson, but her music echoes early 90’s RnB. Up to date, Nina has successfully had 2 music releases reach the Top 5 iTunes Chart and Top 25 Album Itunes chart. Some of Nina’s experience includes featuring on a Radio 1 and 1xtra maida vale live session for rapper Scorzayzee and being named as BBC introducing artist of the week nationally. Currently, Nina runs a youth record label called ‘First Light’, tutors and mentors over 70 young artists and writes songs for many international artists.
Nottingham Women’s Centre
Formed more than 40 years ago and run by women for women, the centre aims to help all women to gain the confidence and skills to achieve their potential and become stronger and more independent. It provides a safe and supportive environment in which women can do this, either by taking part in training or activities, getting support and services, or campaigning and becoming active in bringing about change. It works across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire offering a range of formal services to women with mental health needs, women offenders, women who are seeking asylum, facing extreme poverty, escaping abuse or women simply wanting to make a change in their lives.