Sarah Brightman to Sing Her Way Round the World

Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman

Soprano Sarah Brightman has teamed up with ex-husband Andrew Lloyd Webber in an effort to develop  a song she can sing during her 10-day stay aboard the International Space Station in September.

“I have been working on various things,” she said.

“Finding a song that suits the idea of space and something that’s incredibly simple.

“To sing in microgravity is very, very different thing to singing down here. Here, you are grounded, you have the air around you. This is going to be very different.

“I’m trying to find a piece that’s beautiful and simple in its message, and not too complicated to sing.

“I don’t want to say too much because of the complexities, but I’d like to connect with the choir or orchestra on earth.”

Brightman spoke during a press conference in London on Tuesday. She was taking a break from spaceflight training she is undertaking at Star City in Russia.

Brightman will become the eighth tourist to visit the ISS since space tourism began in 2001. One tourist, Charles Simonyi, flew twice. The trips are arranged through U.S.-based Space Adventures.

  • Michael J. Listner

    I wonder how she is going to sing over a two-way communication without observing standard radio protocol?

  • Terry Rawnsley

    How did Chris Hadfield do it?

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Just put ‘Rogers’ and ‘Overs’ in the chorus of the songs. Also maybe some blank points in the lyrics for mission control to fill in the gaps. Kinda like Ad-Libs. I wonder if any technology from the various space programs have kept her 54 years old self looking so good.

  • therealdmt

    I want to hear Tony Bennet up there, broadcast Live from the Cupola, with his pianist along for accompaniment, singing ‘Fly Me To The Moon’. I’d do PPV for that!.

    Hmm. Now we just have to figure out how to manuever a baby grand in there…
    On second thought, an iPad with a piano app hooked up into NASA’s custom $1.3 billion ISS sound system should suffice.

    “Fly me to the moon
    Let me play among the stars
    Tell me what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars…”

  • Kapitalist

    Roger and Over, do you know them personally? Danes have to try hard to pretend to be sexy (something is rotten in the state of, whatever). I’m just googling Roger and Over:

  • Aerospike

    Well singing in space, without air is impossible 😉
    Luckily there is air on the ISS (maybe somebody should tell Sarah? :p), and Chris Hadfield has proved that singing in microgravity isn’t that much more difficult than it is at 1g ->

    Oh and he also demonstrated how to hook up with musicians on the planet -> 😉

  • Linsey Young

    Oh dear Goddess, not Andrew Lloyd Webber… For once, I pity the ISS crew!

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Roger and I worked over Unger, until we were under Dunn. … I like the Danes, they’re pretty great. The folks in Copenhagen have a good thing going. Just remember those guy’s ancestors were feared, and respected, from the Volga to the Eastern shores of Canada, and the only folks sailing the open Atlantic a few hundred years ago.

  • Kapitalist

    I love the Danes too. At least one of them. I just don’t understand what the F* they try to talk about. I can only assume that it is not ill-willed. And you have to separate the Norwegian Vikings who discovered America, from the Swedish Vikings who went down Volga, from the Danish Vikings who colonized England and taught the British basic words like “Law” and “Windows”.

    I might have lost the clue to what this has to do with Mrs. Brightman going to space, I suppose she just wants to lose some weight.

  • MachineAgeChronicle

    With all the astronaut training you would think someone told her there is air on ISS.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    You mentioned the Danes … so we’ve gone off topic. Sure about typing Vikings, but when you were on the receiving end I wonder if folks said, oh no, these are Danish Vikings …. I’m sure they all asked “What’s in your wallet?”.

  • delphinus100

    I’m sure they can set up a full-duplex (like a telephone) connection for this purpose…

  • therealdmt

    “Don’t Cry for me Argentina
    The truth is I never left you
    All through my wild days
    My mad existence…”


    Sarah: And next, I would like to perform a medley of hits from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat!

    Auuuuughhhhhhh. Aaaauuuuuuggghhhhhhh…

    In space, no one can hear you scream