It's been another amazing 12 months for Katherine Jenkins. Daydream, her eighth album, was released last October. It reached No 6 on the UK album chart and preceded another raft of sold-out high profile shows.
Popular everywhere she goes and in almost everything she does, the 32 year old from Neath has even turned her hand (or heels) to dancing this summer with a stint in Dancing With the Stars; America's Strictly Come Dancing. She did well, making it all the way to the final with her partner Mark Ballas, eventually placing second. It is typical of Jenkins' midas touch and commitment to hard work.
It is not graft alone, of course. Unquestionably, Jenkins has that something extra. It may be no more than her manner, her polite humility. Perhaps it is her unabashed South Wales accent, proudly worn. Maybe it is the likeable, slightly mischievous glint in her eye. Most likely it is all of these things, wrapped in a pretty package and crowned with a stunning window-shaking all-conquering mezzo-soprano voice that thrills ITV armchair fans and classical purists alike.
And this year she'll be turning those tonsils to many a Christmas classic as Jenkins lines up with the National Symphony Orchestra to deliver a series of concerts featuring extracts from her latest album as well as some festive standards. The tour kicks off in Manchester on 9th December, followed by dates in London (Royal Albert Hall), Sheffield, Brighton and more, before the final date announced so far in Gateshead on 21st December 2012. There is a Dublin show on 15th December.
We have tickets for all dates available now except for Sheffield, Brighton and Gateshead which go on sale at 9.30am on Friday 7th September. Prices start at around £30 for the UK dates and from 50 for Dublin.
Ahead of the Christmas shows, Katherine is also playing a couple of UK shows in the next week; at Avenham Park, Preston, (7th) and then Newcastle on (9th). We have tickets available now, priced £65 and £29 respectively.