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Laura Wright Takes to London Marathon Leaving Little to the Imagination, Plans to Sing 'Jerusalem' Mid-Sprint

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Apr 13, 2014 01:39 PM EDT

Laura Wright and her scrummy side with rugby goers makes her something of a crossover singer. And the latest on her antics comes to us via Norman Lebrecht at ArtsJournal's Slipped Disc.

Wright has made the brave decision to run the London Marathon on Sunday in, well, hardly anything.

As Lebrecht puts it: "We think she may be running to raise cash for a new costume."

Per a release, the 23-year-old mezzo soprano--among one of the biggest selling classical artists in the UK this decade--will stop halfway through her London Marathon run to sing "Jerusalem" on Tower Bridge.

This will be followed up by an interview with Denise Lewis of the BBC.

Wright follows Welsh songbird Katherine Jenkins in this feat of high art and lowbrow sports fusion, all to coincide with the release of her new EP The Sound of Strength (most people just do radio promo).

For her part, Wright says:

It's incredible what your body can do. Why wouldn't you push your body to the best it can be? Your body is your ultimate instrument. My instrument is me and that's why I'm so passionate about looking after my body. I treat my voice as a muscle. If I don't practice it would get weaker; if I don't go for a run every day, I wouldn't be able to run a marathon. It's the same thing.

As if it weren't enough to just be a Decca superstar, here's the singer performing "The Last Rose of Summer."

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TagsLaura Wright, Norman Lebrecht, Slipped Disc, The Sound of Strength, BBC, Jerusalem, London Marathon

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