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Sky Arts transforms Hyde Parks Speakers' Corner into Singers' Corner to celebrate new show Anyone Can Sing

29/03/2022

London's Hyde Park is today undergoing a cultural transformation as Speakers' Corner - the famous haven for free speech - rebrands to Singers' Corner in a bid by Sky Arts to encourage more Brits to belt out a tune, whatever their ability.

Singers' Corner was officially opened this morning by music and singing supremo Myleene Klass and English National Opera and Royal Opera House tenor Nicky Spence, to mark the launch of new show Anyone Can Sing on Sky Arts on 30th March.

Research from Sky Arts shows that eight in 10 adults across the country enjoy singing out loud, with more than half (54 per cent) of those who enjoy bursting into song saying it makes them feel happy and relieves stress. However, more than half of those surveyed admitted to not being able to hold a tune - so members of the public are invited to come down to Singers' Corner in Hyde Park today and take to the platform to give their vocal chords a good flex, no matter their singing capability.

With two thirds (65 per cent) of Brits wishing they could sing better, Nicky Spence will be on hand throughout the day to provide free masterclasses to help aspiring singers add some vibrato to their vocals.

Myleene Klass, who stunned in a floor length red dress by British designer Rene K Couture at Singers' Corner this morning said: "Regardless of your ability, singing is exhilarating, de-stressing and can act as a brilliant mood and confidence booster. It helps us stand tall, breathe deeply and most importantly, have fun. That's why I'm inviting everyone to come and belt out a tune at Singers' Corner today to discover all the feel-good joys of singing.

Phil Edgar-Jones, Director of Sky Arts added: When I was at Primary School and tried to get into the school choir I was told my voice wasn't good enough and I needed to mime. I haven't sung since - until now. Anyone Can Sing aims to unlock the vocalist inside us all regardless of ability - it's all about the joy of the voice and we invite anyone who wants to sing to come and join us to give it a go!

Anyone Can Sing follows six discordant participants as they discover all the joys of singing, building the skills and confidence they need to perform to a live audience in just three months. The English National Opera's world-class vocal coaches - Nicky Spence, Sarah Pring and Michael Harper - mentor the would-be singers throughout the process with the help of singing superstars such as Katherine Jenkins along the way.

Anyone Can Sing will air on Sky Arts, Freeview Channel 11, and streaming service NOW every Wednesday at 8pm from 30th March.

Notes to editors

Research of 2,000 adults conducted by OnePoll in March 2022

Screeners for Anyone Can Sing can be found on Sky Media Village here

Stills for Anyone Can Sing can be found on SEAC here

For live updates from Singers' Corner, please follow @SkyTV on Instagram and Twitter

About Sky Arts

Sky Arts exists to bring more art to more people across the UK. In 2020, with the creative industries under serious threat, we threw open our doors to make the channel free for everyone to watch. We've redoubled our mission to increase access to the arts and we're committed to getting everyone involved as the industry recovers. The fact is, we need the arts now like never before, and Sky Arts brings them straight to your living room.

We have something for everyone, championing creative talent by showcasing the best in music, theatre, dance, literature, opera and visual art. From Glyndebourne to Grime and C zanne to The Style Council, we've got your passions covered. Millions of viewers tune in to hit returning series such as Portrait Artist of the Year, Urban Myths and British cultural institution The South Bank Show, but our acclaimed new programmes might take you anywhere from Pinter's house with Danny Dyer to a Scottish road trip with Samuel Johnson.

Collaboration is at the heart of what we do. Sky Arts is the headline sponsor of National Theatre Live in the UK, and we work with cultural partners across the country including the English National Opera, Royal Academy of Arts, Tate, Creative Industries Federation and Coventry City of Culture to name but a few.

You can watch Sky Arts for free on Freeview channel 11 and Freesat channel 147. If you've got Sky or a Now TV entertainment pass, you can also watch over 2,000 hours of shows exclusively on demand.

We're passionate about supporting the next generation of artists, so we're working with five leading Sky Arts Ambassadors - Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo, dance artist Akram Khan, conductor Charles Hazlewood, Theatre Royal Stratford East Artistic Director Nadia Fall, and sculptor Anish Kapoor - to run bursary schemes for new and emerging talent.
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