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Sunday Express - - WAVE OF YOUNG ARTISTS INSPIRE A 10 PER CENT RISE I - By Ed Gleave

A PROM­I­NENT Tory MP is be­lieved to be wor­ried his past is go­ing to come back to haunt him after the woman he al­legedly aban­doned as a baby threat­ened to “blow his life apart”.

Decades after she was given up for adop­tion the woman, named only as “Michelle”, broke her si­lence, ring­ing the LBC ra­dio show to threaten to name him in pub­lic.

The politi­cian al­legedly aban­doned the mother and his daugh­ter when she was a baby and has never re­vealed the truth about his past since he be­came an MP.

Speak­ing for the first time in pub­lic about the un­named man she claims is her father, she said: “I was adopted from a young age and I’ve al­ways SALES of clas­si­cal mu­sic have surged 10 per cent in the past year, driven by the likes of Kather­ine Jenk­ins, An­drea Bo­celli and royal wed­ding cel­list Sheku Kan­neh-Ma­son, fig­ures show.

BBC Ra­dio 3’s Mu­sic Mat­ters re­vealed yesterday that

2.23 mil­lion clas­si­cal al­bums were pur­chased, down­loaded or streamed in the past 12 months.

The 10 per cent rise is al­most dou­ble the 5.7 per cent in­crease in the mar­ket as a whole.

A large part of the clas­si­cal suc­cess story was driven by CD sales, which saw a 6.9 per cent rise, ac­count­ing for nearly

60 per cent of con­sump­tion.

Stream­ing saw a 42 per cent rise. Down­loads were the only for­mat where de­mand fell, with dig­i­tal al­bums de­clin­ing by

13.4 per cent.

Seven of the top 30 best-sell­ing clas­si­cal al­bum in 2018 were film sound­tracks.

Mu­sic by Italian pi­anist and com­poser Lu­dovico Ein­audi ac­counted for one in 12 UK clas­si­cal streams.

Also highly streamed in

2018 were Jenk­ins and Bo­celli, who achieved the big­gest sell­ing clas­si­cal al­bum in six years and the first clas­si­cal num­ber one al­bum in 21 years.

Mu­sic Mat­ters pre­sen­ter Tom Ser­vice, said: “The known who my bi­o­log­i­cal fam­ily were be­cause my par­ents were re­ally hon­est with me about it. I knew names.

“My bi­o­log­i­cal mum is dead now but my dad is a Con­ser­va­tive MP. He was not a very nice man at all.”

Michelle chose not to re­veal her full iden­tity but she hinted she wanted to go pub­lic about her father.

She told LBC ra­dio: “Even though my adop­tive par­ents, I love them to pieces and they are be­yond amaz­ing, there is a tiny bit of me that thinks DEEP-VOICED rocker Ge­orge Ezra, pic­tured, is tipped to be a big win­ner at this year’s Brit Awards.

Nom­i­na­tions were an­nounced yesterday with the 25-year-old singer up for best Bri­tish male, best Bri­tish sin­gle for Shot­gun and Bri­tish al­bum of the year for Stay­ing At Ta­mara’s.

Other acts among the nom­i­na­tions are Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa, Lit­tle Mix and The 1975.

The cer­e­mony will take place at London’s O2 Arena on Fe­bru­ary 20.

news of this leap in con­sump­tion of clas­si­cal is a great start to the year. It feels as though we’re be­gin­ning to wit­ness the im­pact of this new gen­er­a­tion of young artists who re­ally took to cen­tre stage last year – such as sax­o­phon­ist Jess Gil­lam at the Last Night of the Proms, and for­mer BBC Young Mu­si­cian win­ner Sheku Kan­neh-Ma­son, per­form­ing at the royal wed­ding.

“This news is quite lit­er­ally mu­sic to the ears.” Ginny Cooper, co-chair of the Bri­tish Phono­graphic In­dus­try’s clas­si­cal com­mit­tee and clas­si­cal con­sul­tant with Proper Dis­tri­bu­tion, said: “These fig­ures re­flect a very good year for clas­si­cal mu­sic, ‘blow my bi­o­log­i­cal dad’s life apart a lit­tle bit’.” Michelle has had no con­tact with him but ad­mit­ted she kept a close eye on his ca­reer in pol­i­tics. She said: “I fol­low him on Twit­ter. We all fol­low him. My adop­tive fam­ily, we all fol­low him on Face­book and keep up to date with the news­pa­per and see what he’s up to and ev­ery­thing.”

Michelle said she was in­spired to speak out after she read about the or­deal of busi­ness­man Richard Ma­son, 55, who went pub­lic last week­end over his pa­ter­nity or­deal.

She said: “In a small way I can un­der­stand why the man went to

un­der­scor­ing a healthy rise in de­mand for the genre across key for­mats.

“It is en­cour­ag­ing to see CD and streams thrive along­side each other, show­ing that col­lectabil­ity and dis­cov­ery are sim­ply dif­fer­ent sides of the same coin, and won­der­ful too to wit­ness an ex­cit­ing new gen­er­a­tion of di­verse, mu­sic tal­ent break­ing through.”

As a baby, Kather­ine Jenk­ins’s daugh­ter Aaliyah was al­ways upset if her mother broke into song.

But now the three-year-old loves it when her Welsh mez­zoso­prano mother sings to her.

Jenk­ins, in today’s S mag­a­zine, said: “When I put her to bed she likes me to sing Never Enough from The Great­est Show­man.

“Singing has be­come im­por­tant in that way.

“Whether it’s the the­atre, bal­let or one of my con­certs, she loves it.

“My chil­dren don’t have any clue that singing is what I do for other peo­ple.” the pa­pers.” How­ever, she added: “He’s just do­ing it to be spite­ful and a heat of the mo­ment ‘I’m re­ally an­gry and this is the way I’m go­ing to get back at you’.

“I feel so sorry for the man. It must be dev­as­tat­ing for him.”

Mr Ma­son dis­cov­ered his three sons were not his bi­o­log­i­cal chil­dren when his doc­tor re­vealed he was in­fer­tile.

It also emerged Mr Ma­son, from Ut­tox­eter, Stafford­shire, sued his for­mer wife over it and won a £250,000 set­tle­ment.

He said: “In an in­stant I dis­cov­ered I didn’t re­ally have any chil­dren... if I could wave a magic wand, I would want to be in all their lives.”

CLASS: Kather­ine Jenk­ins, left, and Sheku Kan­nehMa­son, right

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