Vintage sheet music cover photos No. 7

Here’s another from a collection of 18 historic sheet music covers.

More soon.

Special thanks to Mikey Mike.

Wearing the flag

Here’s a link to a slightly silly article in the Western Mail about the merits of wearing flags. It refers to the colourful Welsh flag kaftan that Shirley wore at the Rugby in 1999. She sang wonderfully with Bryn Terfel at the opening of the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Close up, her groovy gown was well made and beautifully finished with sparkling stones. It looked great!

The kaftan was sold at the gowns auction in 2003 for £7,000. The winning bidder, against all the rules, was a certain Dame. She then gave it to the Welsh College of Music.

When the auctioneer asked Shirley for her paddle number (the bidder’s reference number) she immediately called “007!”–says-designer-name_page.html

For the true history of the red dragon, visit:

Anyway it gives me an excuse to show this fine collection of Shirley-in-a-flag pictures. Many thanks to Astrid who kindly sent them for us to enjoy.

Vintage sheet music cover photos No. 6

Here’s another from a collection of 18 historic sheet music covers.

More soon.

Special thanks to Mikey Mike.

(Non-DSB) Katherine Jenkins wins Award for a 2nd year


The Classical BRIT Awards – the Oscars of the classical music world – were presented this week at a gala ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Katherine Jenkins won the Album of the Year, voted for by Classic FM listeners, for Living A Dream.

Superstar tenor Placido Domingo received the lifetime achievement award and the Critics’ Prize for his recording of Tristan and Isolde.

Visit Classic FM for news, streaming radio, TV and more. No DSB though:

More photos on:;action=display;num=1146924790

Katherine is a friend and admirer of DSB. Recently, she was in ITV1’s ‘Another Audience With’ show, and asked Shirley a question. They were both on the 2005 Royal Variety Performance. KJ also attended the Diamonds Ball in Cardiff and sang beautifully in tribute to a beaming Shirley in HER audience.

We chatted with Katherine, and she’s as nice as you can imagine. An angel in every way.

…and another link with Shirley is that they are (in case you hadn’t noticed) Welsh!

I hope Katherine won’t mind me copying her lovely message to fans dated 5th May:

“Hiya everyone!
Oh my goodness, I’m absolutely over the moon! Last night was a truly wonderful night… I was sure that there was no chance I could win it 2 years running and so I was completely gobsmacked when I heard my name. I burst into tears as soon as I saw my Mum’s face and then I had to make my speech which was quite hard as I was more emotional the second time around!! All the family were there from Wales again with their banners & Welsh flags and afterwards we all went to the Universal Party to celebrate!
I am so very happy today.. I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet that I now have two Brits and I have to say a HUGE, MASSIVE THANK YOU to you all for voting for me. You have made this happen and so I dedicate it to you all!
Sending you lots of love and kisses,
Katherine xxx”

Here’s some dates from Katherine’s winter tour.
Full listings with earlier concerts are on her excellent official web site:

Mon 13 November Reading Hexagon – 0118 960 6060

Tues 14 November Nottingham Royal Concert Hall – 0115 989 5555

Thur 16 November Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – 0141 353 8000

Fri 17 November Newcastle City Hall – 0191 261 2606

Mon 20 November Birmingham Symphony Hall – 0121 780 3333

Thur 23 November Preston Guildhall – 01772 258 858

Fri 24 November Grimsby Auditorium – 0870 060 2331

Sun 26 November Llandudno North Wales Theatre – 01492 872 000

Weds 29 November Manchester Bridgewater Hall – 0161 907 9000

Fri 1 December Sheffield City Hall – 0114 278 9789

Sun 3 December Ipswich Regent – 01473 433 100

Mon 4 December Norwich Theatre Royal – 01603 630 000

Weds 6 December Wales Millennium Centre – 0870 040 2000

Thur 7 December Wales Millennium Centre – 0870 040 2000

Sun 10 December Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 0151 709 3789

Mon 11 December Harrogate Centre – 01423 537 230

Sat 16 December Bournemouth Intl Centre – 0870 787 0404

Sun 17 December Plymouth Pavilions – 01752 229 922

Tues 19 December Brighton Dome – 01273 709 709

Weds 20 December Portsmouth Guildhall – 023 9282 4355

Thurs 21 December Bristol Colston Hall – 0117 922 3686

Tickets on sale priced £20/£30/£35
24 hr cc hotline: 0871 2200 260

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