Last word: Lesley Garrett

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  • 2 October 2008
Last word: Lesley Garrett

Cliff Richard, Gordon Brown and Starbucks’ croissants may not seem like instantly apposite bedfellows but what they share is a place in the heart of soprano Lesley Garrett

First record you ever bought
‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ by Simon & Garfunkel.

Last time you were chatted up
Last weekend at the Eurovision dance contest – that Len Goodman really is very saucy!

First film you saw that really moved you
Summer Holiday with Cliff Richåard.

Last lie you told
I don’t lie – I’m crap at it.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Clockwork Orange – it’s been downhill ever since! Now me and my husband stick to Disney.

Last time you cried
Day before yesterday in Carousel rehearsals. I just couldn’t remember anything, I haven’t had a day off for two months.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
What’s that?

Last great meal you cooked
Two nights ago – fish pie for my family. The kids said it was even better than M&S!

Last extravagant purchase you made
A cut glass red chandelier from Heals for my music room. It’s amazing!

First crush
Cliff Richard. I actually got to sing with him a couple of Christmasses ago; it made my year!

Last book you read
Engelby by Sebastian Faulks – an extraordinary, moving read.

First great piece of advice you were given
‘Spit on yer ‘ands an’ tek a fresh ‘old’. From my mum.

Last time you were star struck
When I sang ‘To Dream the Impossible Dream’ at 10 Downing Street for Gordon Brown at the NHS 60th anniversary celebration. I found him sincere, extraordinarily well-informed and quietly powerful. I think the public have been too quick to judge him and should give him a proper chance.

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
Get much more serious about renewable energy resources. We have an enormous coastline and incredibly high tidal extremes. I’d invest in tidal-power, wind farms and solar power.

Last meal on earth – what would it be
Cod, chips and mushy peas.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
‘Merce, dilette amiche’ from Verdi’s I Vespri Siciliani or possibly ‘Lo Son L’umile Ancella’ from Cilea’s Adrianna Lecouvreur. Failing that, ‘My Way’.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
I never do that. It sucks.

Last time someone criticised your work
This morning in my singing lesson. I have singing lessons every week so my singing teacher, Professor Joy Mammen, can take apart everything I do. It’s important to keep improving.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Loud, louder, loudest!

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
An almond croissant from Starbucks – delicious but instant indigestion!

First concert you ever attended
Black Dyke Mills brass band in my local school hall when I was ten.

Last time you bought someone flowers
My step-mum Jenny last weekend.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
I’m late!

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
How much I love my kids.

Lesley Garrett appears in Carousel at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh, Mon 6–Sat 11 Oct.


Bohemian Lyric Opera Company presents Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical about Billy Bigelow, who returns to earth after being killed in a robbery in order to seek out his daughter.


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