That was when I realised that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is.
Nobody inspired me more than Julie Andrews, who is a classically trained soprano herself.
I do hope that our spring will be starting shortly and we will all be able to enjoy some sunshine again.
To tell you the truth, I never listen to opera at home.
I performed in Sydney some years ago for the Sydney Festival and I am just so pleased to be returning to the wonderful Sydney Opera House and also performing in Melbourne for the first time.
I do a lot of vocal hygiene.
I don't think I have ever met a single person who isn't moved by music of some kind.
I saw The Sound of Music when I was 10 and thought that it was the most beautiful singing I had ever heard.
I would just like to say that opera is no longer about fat people in breastplates shattering wine glasses.
Music is there to access those dark emotional corners that we don't normally get too close to.
Opera is credible drama now, and it costs less than going to a football match. What have you got to lose?
The musical heritage of Yorkshire is deep and wide.
And woven into the fabric of this harsh existence was music.
I don't just come from a musical family, but from a musical community.
I'm engaging my diaphragm as I'm speaking to you right now.
I'm very pro presenting the best music I can to the widest audience possible.
Singing is an arduous business and it needs sacrifices.
There are a lot of unseen elements to having a successful singing career.
As far as I was concerned the important thing was that the music was getting the attention as well as me so it was always a great way to get more of the public to connect with classical music, and opera particularly.
I wouldn't want to criticise someone like Charlotte Church because she has done fantastically well, but personally I've always cared about the long term.