Connie Fisher

Connie Fisher(born 17 June 1983) is a Northern Irish-born Welshactress and singer, who won the BBC One talent contest,How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?On 15 November 2006, she opened to excellent reviews in the part of Maria von Trapp inThe Sound of Musicin the West End, London on a six-month contract, which was extended until 23 February 2008.She resumed the role of Maria inThe Sound of MusicUK tour starting in July 2009. She had a recurring role as a patient in the British medical drama seriesCasualtyin 2012.

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 Connie Fisher's Early life

, and played the lead role, Morgan Le Fay , when the production toured Japan in 2001. From an early age Fisher was a member of Côr Newyddion Da(English translation – "Good News Choir"), which introduced her to the Eisteddfodic field and encouraged her to perform as a soloist. She competed annually in the Urdd Gobaith Cymru , National and International Eisteddfods .In 2002 Fisher won the Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Scholarship in the National Eisteddfod "Songs from the Shows" competitionand the Milford and West Wales Mercury talent competition.

She graduated in 2005 with a First Class BA Hons degree in Musical Theatre, as well as the Gyearbuor Asante prize for the highest score. At Mountview she performed inAnnie Get Your Gun,A…my name is Alice,Jerry's Girlsand played Julie Jordan inCarousel.

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 Connie Fisher's Career

Early career[edit]

Star for a Nightwhen she was sixteen;Owen Money's Just Up Your Street, and BBC Children in Need .She also recorded a Welsh song calledCuriad Calon(Heartbeat) which was released on the compilation albumCân i Gymru(A Song for Wales). She released a charity single for the Noah's Ark Appeal entitled 'Eyes of a Child'.[citation needed]

Aladdin. She then took the £1,000 cash prize and the Gower Trophy in the Welsh Musical Theatre Young Singer of the Year Competition in 2006. Before being cast as Maria, she worked in media telesales, whilst auditioning for West End parts but failing to get cast.

Maria: 2006–2008[edit]

In early March 2007, she was ordered by her doctor to take two weeks' rest fromThe Sound of Music, after straining her vocal cords singing through a cold.On her return to the show, it was announced that Fisher would be reducing her workload to six shows a week,with Maria being played in the Monday evening and Wednesday matinee shows by Aoife Mulholland , one of the runners-up inHow Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?.

West Side Story, singing "Somewhere". In October 2007, she won the 2007 People's Choice Theatre Award forFavourite Theatre Actress.She was also awarded the Theatregoers Choice Award forLondon Newcomer of the Year.

MariaandAny Dreamfinalists in a BBC special 'festive' reunion show calledWhen Joseph met Maria!– celebrating both the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber BBC shows – it was recorded earlier on 2 December 2007. The BBC show,How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, featuring Fisher, won an Emmy Award in New York (2007) for best non-scripted entertainment.

Post-Maria: 2008 to 2011[edit]

At the same time, a planned concert at Cadogan Hall celebrating the work of composer Leonard Bernstein , featuring Fisher, was cancelled.

Also, in November Fisher appeared in concerts at Truro Cathedral and at the Great Fosters Hotel in SurreyOn 11 December 2008 Fisher appeared in the Christmas Sparkler Concert at the Royal Festival Hall London and sang the Welsh lullaby "Suo Gan"; on the same night, at the London Palladium she introduced an act for the Royal Variety Performance .[citation needed]Also in December 2008, Fisher appeared with her mother in an episode of Bargain Hunt, Famous Finds. She also starred in her first TV drama.Caught in a Trapaired onITV1in it she plays a young woman with an Elvis Presley obsession.

, was released on 23 February 2009. In April her "Secret Love" UK Tour was cancelled in order for her to undergo an operation on her vocal cords. She suffers from "congenital fusion anomalies".Between Monday 1 June and Friday 5 June 2009, Fisher guest presented the Scottish lifestyle showThe Hour, alongside the show's main host Stephen Jardine . The UK tour ofThe Sound of Music, starring Fisher, began previews in Cardiff on 26 July 2009.

Voice problems: 2011–present[edit]

After three operations in Boston, MA , Fisher was told she would never sing again and stopped singing professionally. In 2015, she met voice builder Gary Catona , who offered to help her sing again. The process was filmed as a documentary,Connie Fisher: I’ll Sing Once More, and broadcast on BBC1 in July 2015.

and presently works there as a development producer.

Fisher has also developed her acting roles, undertaking a recurring role as patient Amanda in the BBC One medical drama seriesCasualty. She first appeared as a patient in early 2012, and returned as the same character in a recurring role later in the year. She left the show on 1 December 2012.[citation needed]In 2012 she played Ruth in the UK Tour revival ofWonderful Townopposite Michael Xavier.

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 Connie Fisher's Personal life

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 Connie Fisher's Discography

Favourite Things[]

On 9 October 2006, Fisher released her debut album,Favourite Thingswhich featured the following track listing:

  1. "Maybe This Time"
  2. "Natural Woman"
  3. "Dance the Dance"
  4. "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"
  5. "No Matter What"
  6. "Shout"
  7. "All the Love I Have"
  8. "All That Jazz" (WithHelena BlackmanandSiobhan Dillon)
  9. "Another Suitcase in Another Hall"
  10. "As Long As He Needs Me"
  11. "The Sound of Music Suite – Entr'Acte"
  12. "The Sound of Music Suite – My Favourite Things"
  13. "The Sound of Music Suite – Something Good"

[It reached No. 14 on the UK Album chart]

The Sound of Music – London Palladium cast album[]

On 11 December 2006, the soundtrack to the new production ofThe Sound of Music, featuring Connie Fisher,Lesley Garrettand the cast of the production, was released, produced by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Nigel Wright for Really Useful Records.

Secret Love[]

On 23 February 2009, Fisher released her second solo album,Secret Love, which features the following track listing:

  1. 'I Could Have Danced All Night'
  2. 'Secret Love'
  3. 'Next Time You Fall in Love' (featuringLee Mead)
  4. 'True Love Ways'
  5. 'When She Loved Me'
  6. 'I Guess I'll Miss the Man'
  7. 'You Must Love Me'
  8. 'Someone To Watch Over Me'
  9. 'Make Up My Heart'
  10. 'If I Ever Fall in Love Again'
  11. 'Memory'
  12. 'If Love Were All'
  13. 'First Impression Counts'

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 Connie Fisher's References

  2. Woods, Judith (13 February 2012). "How Connie Fisher's sound of music returned". The Daily Telegraph (London). 
  3. "Press views: The Sound of Music". BBC News Online. 16 November 2006. 
  4. "Profile of Connie". Maria. 16 September 2006. 
  5. Côr Newyddion Da
  6. "Profile of Connie". Maria. Dunvant Male Choir. 16 September 2006. 
  7. "Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Scholarship in the National Eisteddfod". Winners 2005. 16 September 2006. 
  8. "Wilbert Lloyd Roberts Scholarship in the National Eisteddfod". Talent competition. Milford and West Wales Mercury. 16 September 2006. 
  9. "Make your dreams come true with a Dance and Drama Award : Directgov – Education and learning". Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  10. "Profile of Connie". Maria. 16 September 2006. 
  11. "Profile of Connie". Maria. BBC. 16 September 2006. 
  12. "Found: One Maria!". How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? (BBC). 16 September 2006. 
  13. "Connie Ordered to Rest". Maria. Andrew Lloyd Webber. 6 March 2007. 
  14. "Mulholland is Maria number two". London Theatre Guide. Society of London Theatre. 6 March 2007. 
  15. Bryn Terfel | Faenol Festival 2008
  16. "The People's Choice: winners revealed". Maria. 11 October 2007. 
  17. "The 2007 Winners". Maria. 2 September 2007. 
  18. "British shows scoop Emmy awards". BBC News. 20 November 2007. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  19. Nathan, John (4 January 2008). "Lloyd Webber Solves Maria Problem – Again". Retrieved 5 January 2008. 
  20. "Connie Fisher concerts axed due to poor ticket sales". Daily Mail (London). 15 February 2008. 
  21. "Photos: Connie Fisher Does Bernstein After Music". Simply Bernstein. 23 January 2008. 
  22. "Fisher & McGowan Play Our Song for Menier, 4 Aug". They're Playing Our Song. 23 June 2008. 
  23. "An Evening With Connie Fisher". An Evening With Connie Fisher. 9 November 2008. 
  24. Wilkes, Neil (15 December 2008). "Connie Fisher ('Caught in a Trap')". Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  25. Connie Fisher Show Postponed
  26. Sanders, Alison (23 June 2013). "Connie Fisher: 'My vocal condition left me sounding more like Marge Simpson than Maria'". WalesOnline. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  27. Price, Keren (26 June 2015). "‘I just want to sing Happy Birthday to my kids,’ says Connie Fisher as she tries to 'fix' her voice". WalesOnline. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  28. Mainwaring, Rachel (13 December 2013). "Connie Fisher hosts A Night At The Musicals". WalesOnline. Retrieved 10 October 2014. 
  29. "'I am deliriously happy': Connie Fisher engaged to the love she met on a train station platform". Daily Mail (London). 29 July 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 
  30. "Gorsedd honour for female stars". BBC Wales. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 3 August 2009. 

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