Artists rally to honour Jessye Norman’s 75th

Artists rally to honour Jessye Norman’s 75th


norman lebrecht

August 20, 2020

The singer’s estate has put out a call to artists to sing for Jessye on September 15, the daye she would have turned 75.

Among those to respond so far are Martina Arroyo, Simon Estes, Harolyn Blackwell, George Shirley, J’Nai Bridges, Measha Brueggergosman, Justin Austin, Brandie Sutton and Russell Thomas. Funds from the concert will go to the Jessye Norman School of Arts.

Jessye died last September, at 74.


  • Ralph Bateman says:

    OMG, just three years before she died – and stuck in a wheelchair from her spinal injury – she could still really sing :

    • Costa Pilavachi says:

      Extraordinary, Ralph, thank you for sharing.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I used to like her voice, then I found it simply overwhelmed the music and was just over the top. She had a great career though and is obviously very much missed by her fans. I can’t believe how so much has happened in the (almost) year since she died!

    • Una says:

      Unbelievable. Thanks for sharing.

  • Terence Fleming says:

    Many years ago, we rented a gorgeous cottage in Norfolk. The owner let us have two tickets for a concert at Ely Cathedral with Jessye Norman as they were unable to go.

    To our surprise, as it was summer, it was a concert of Christmas music. It was being filmed in advance of the festive season.

    To hear that wonderful voice in such a beautiful setting was an experience I shall never forget. Particularly moving was a new carol that had been written for her: ‘Jessye’s Carol.’ It brought tears to my eyes.

    I have most of Jessye’s recordings, but that moment hearing her ‘live’ is one that I will treasure.

  • We would love to participate here in Rio de Janeiro. Is there anything we could do to join?