Juliet Midgley

Juliet Midgley was born in Surrey, England, into a highly regarded musical family. She began her singing career at the age of twelve with the part of Ngana in the 1985 CBS recording of South Pacific, featuring the jazz diva Sarah Vaughan. During that same year she made her own LP recording, Very First Christmas Morning. Whilst at University she took the part of Maria in West Side Storyat the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham. Since gaining her B.A.Hons, Juliet has appeared in concert, as a soloist at many of Britain's concert halls, including London's Royal Festival Hall. She has also sung many times with the Ambrosian Singers, recording and touring abroad with them. Her solo broadcast debut came in 1995 with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Radio Two. Before emigrating to New Zealand, Juliet fronted the five piece band Images, which also took her on a cruise to the Caribbean, both as part of the group and as a featured singer in the various shows.

Since arriving in New Zealand she has studied for a year at the Christchurch Jazz School, sung for children's television, appeared in the International Festival of Romance, based in Christchurch, and performed at a variety of venues for a number of celebrities and dignitaries, most notably, when she sang with Malcolm McNeill at the APEC State Dinner for President Clinton.

In 2000 Juliet recorded "Haven't We Met" an interesting synthesis of jazz and classical. Instead of that uncomfortably disquieting "crossover" hybrid, Juliet's approach possesses the modesty and inherent musicality to make songs "art songs" without labouring the point. What is immeasurably pleasing about Juliet's work is that the song itself is allowed to speak.

Juliet's CD "Haven't We Met" can be purchased through PO Box 33 141, Christchurch, NZ or julietmidgley@hotmail.com. The cost is $30 plus postage and packaging.