Sarah Harding Birthday Charity Fundraiser 2016

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As most of you will already be aware for the past 3 years we have raised money for charity for Sarah’s birthday. Sarah can afford to buy anything she wants herself so this is something nice that the fans can do to help Sarah celebrate her birthday.

To donate here’s the link you need

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/SarahHardingBirthday2016

You can also donate via text by texting SNHB49 followed by the amount you want to donate upto £10 and send to 70070

We spoke to Sarah about this in Birmingham when Ghost was playing there and we asked what charity she’d like us to raise money for this year and she said Canine Partners, you might remember that Sarah visited Canine Partners as part of the Pride of Britain tour in 2014.

Sarah said about her visit

I couldn’t believe it when they showed me a dog who can open a washing machine, put the washing in and close the door.

The work these volunteers do is incredibly selfless and they are just the kind of people who should be recognised by Pride of Britain – they’ll be getting my nomination.

Here’s a video of Sarah visiting Canine Partners, credit to the Mirror for the video.

Canine Partners is an amazing charity, so come on guys get donating and lets see if we can beat last years total.

WHAT CANINE PARTNERS DO

Canine Partners is a registered charity that transforms the lives of people with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. Our amazing dogs bring a greater independence and quality of life to their partners, offering security, companionship, and practical help with everyday household tasks. These life-changing dogs also provide psychological and social benefits including increased independence, confidence, social interaction and self-esteem.

We receive no government funding and rely solely on donations from the public and legacies to help us continue our life-transforming work.

Our assistance dogs are trained to meet the needs of individuals with even the most complex physical disabilities. We currently help adults aged 18 and over (both civilians and former service personnel) who have a physical disability or condition that affects their daily life and limits their independence.

Some of the disabilities and conditions we work with are:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Spinal injuries and head injuries
  • Stroke
  • Osteoarthritis and scoliosis
  • Arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
  • Friedrich’s ataxia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Spina bifida
  • Osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bones)

We are working in partnership with Help for Heroes, The Royal British Legion and other services organisations to provide assistance dogs for veterans and those wounded in service

For more information see the link below

https://caninepartners.org.uk/

Sarah Harding Celebrity Home Secrets

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Famous faces revisit their former homes to share memories and secrets from when they lived there. Singer and actress Sarah Harding revisits the apartments where Girls Aloud lived after their first number one success and reveals why the bathroom at her childhood home was where her dreams of stardom began.

Sarah Harding was born in 1981 and was brought up in Wraysbury, a small village outside Slough on the Heathrow flight path. This childhood home is the first visit on Sarah’s journey through her property ladder.

Even as she arrives outside the home where she grew up, she is overcome with emotion at the memory of her happy childhood. Sarah recounts how she was a bit of a ‘tom-boy’ and loved climbing trees. She even tried to ‘escape’ from her bedroom once when she’d been sent there for being naughty. She climbed out of the window by knotting her clothes together. When the makeshift ‘rope’ snapped she dropped the remaining few feet onto the patio. Luckily she was unhurt!
Even as a young girl she says she loved to ‘put on a show’ for anyone who’d watch. She even remembers having a ‘set list’ of songs she sang in the shower – which included Sheryl Crow’s ‘All I Wanna Do’. She asked her dad ‘is this how you get famous by singing in the shower?’ Her dad and brother were both musical, and as a small girl she had her own guitar and tiny amp. She bids her childhood home goodbye with fond tears – because she says ‘part of me still is that little girl’.

When Sarah was 14 her parents separated and she went to live with her mum in Manchester. It was while she was here she did her singing ‘apprenticeship’ doing gigs at caravan parks and social clubs in North Wales. It was also while she lived in Manchester she attended the audition that gave her the fame she wanted so badly.

Sarah’s next revisit is to the apartments the record company rented for Girls Aloud just after their first single ‘Sound of The Underground’ went to number one for Christmas 2002. The audition that changed Sarah’s life was for one of the earliest reality TV talent shows, ‘Pop Stars – The Rivals’. Viewers voted to select the members of a boy band and a girl band who would compete for the Christmas number one slot. Sarah’s audition in Manchester won her a place in the show and after 8 weeks of judges and viewer’s votes she was the final member of the new group Girls Aloud as announced by the show’s host Davina McCall.

At these apartments in North London Sarah remembers the other band members were terrible pranksters, and one weekend they even phoned her to tell her that her apartment had burned down – and after she burst into tears they all ‘started cackling’ down the phone. The converted former Victorian hospital was originally named Hatch Lunatic Asylum and was the biggest psychiatric hospital in Europe. The girls renamed it Pop Star Heights because of the other bands including Busted and N-Dubz who were living there too.
When Girls Aloud’s success continued Sarah was able to buy her first flat in Kentish Town, north London. Perhaps influenced by the converted hospital she’d moved from, this flat was part of a converted Victorian school. She remembers gutting the flat and remodelling it – discovering in the process that property ownership isn’t all plain sailing. Sometimes the building work was so noisy she used to ‘grab my duvet and go and sleep in the car’.

The next property she visits is a flat she rented in Hampstead when Girls Aloud were rehearsing for their third national tour in 2007. She loved living in Hampstead, but there was a big catch. She describes being followed by paparazzi every time she left the front door – even when she popped out to buy milk. Girls Aloud were at the height of their success when she lived here – and won a Brit Award for their single ‘The Promise’. Even Sarah’s dogs were targeted by the paparazzi.

It was the unwelcome attention of photographers that led to Sarah’s next house move – to her current home in Buckinghamshire. She figured the paparazzi wouldn’t travel that far outside London to get a snap of her nipping out for milk.

Since Girls Aloud split in 2012 Sarah has turned to acting. She appeared in the feature film St Trinian’s 2, the BBC TV movie Freefall and Coronation Street. She says she dreams of being a Bond girl. She still lives in Buckinghamshire today surrounded by her 3 dogs, 2 cats, her decks and her instruments. Although she has pop memorabilia on display, her house is surprisingly homely – her prized Aga is the centre of the kitchen. Of life now she says ‘the only thing I love and that I do take to heart is what I love doing, and that’s my music’.

Celebrity Home Secrets: A So Television / Sunnyside Productions Co-production
Executive Producers: Graham Stuart, Andrea Miller, Jerry Foulkes
Directed and filmed by: Rebekah Levine

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Sarah Harding – Ghost The Musical Review

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We managed to get to London to watch a couple of the shows in the New Wimbledon Theatre. Most of you will just think oh they are big Sarah fans, they are just being biased, and yes we are biased to some extent but Sarah really did impress us.

Neither of us are really fans of musicals, so didn’t know what to expect, having only ever been to the theatre once. Beforehand we were really nervous, to the point of feeling sick, not because we thought the show was going to be bad, but because we knew Sarah was going to be nervous, nervous about how they were going to translate the film into a musical, we both love the film, as we’re sure everyone does, its such a iconic movie, but we were unsure whether it would translate over into a musical, but we didn’t need to worry, its such a good adaptation of the film.

The lights went down and Molly (Sarah), Sam (Andy) and Carl (Sam) appeared on stage and literally from the first second to the very last we were captivated by the whole thing. We’d been a little nervous about hearing Sarah’s American accent but it was perfect and seemed to just be like second nature to Sarah. The musical numbers in it fit so well and you’ll find yourself singing them for days after.

Sarah for me is perfect as Molly and yes yes I know I would say that, but I really do think Sarah was really good as Molly (remember folks we’re all allowed opinions, the world would be a boring place if we all thought the same), she sings all the songs with such raw emotion and passion, its hard not to fill up listening to her. During Sarah’s first solo number With You, I cried because I was literally so proud of her for getting up on that stage and singing her heart out, doing something she has never done before. You could see, feel and hear the emotion in Sarah whilst she was singing the song. As much as I loved With You, I think my favourite songs are Rain/Hold On and Three Little Words.

Andy portrays Sam really well, and him singing I Had A Life is heartbreaking, Oda Mae Brown played by Jacqui Dubois literally captured the role played by Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost perfectly, you almost think its Whoopi on stage, she’ll have to laughing everytime she is on the stage. The whole cast seem to fit their roles perfectly, I was never a fan of Carls in the film, but Sam (Ferriday) really made me like the character a little bit more than in the film version, which is something I never thought would happen.

Really looking forward to watching the show again soon. I know as time goes by the cast will just get stronger and stronger.

Before you judge this production, why not go and see it. You can’t judge it by what others say and a few illegally recorded tracks that were put on YouTube. You might love it, you might hate it but at least go and see it yourself before judging it.

http://www.kenwright.com/microsite/ghost-the-musical/#booktickets

 

Sarah Harding Ghost Interview 1

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The UK tour of Ghost – The Musical opened this week with former Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding making her stage debut as Molly, the role originally played by Demi Moore in the hit 1990 film.

Sarah is co-starring alongside ex-Hollyoaks actor Andy Moss, playing the role of her lover, Sam, in Bill Kenwright’s new production, which is inspired by the popular romantic fantasy thriller.
How exciting is it to be making your stage debut in Ghost – The Musical?

It’s a bit of everything – excitement, nervousness, fear, elation, everything really. I didn’t know if I had it in me to do a musical because when you’re doing film or TV you can always do retakes, but you can’t do that with a musical. But the one thing you do get is lots of rehearsal time, just like you would have if you were doing a concert tour. It’s like a Girls Aloud tour, except instead of dancing I’m learning lines. I’m learning new songs but I don’t have to learn 20 new dance routines, it’s 20 pages – well, triple that – of dialogue. But your muscle memory takes over and it becomes second nature, just like it did when we were rehearsing our tours back in the day. There’s a bit more to think about, with the staging and the drama and the emotion, and it’s a very heart-felt and touching story.

What was it about this particular show that made you say yes?

I took it on because I really connected with the story. I think everyone can relate on some scale to losing somebody they’ve loved. It really isn’t hard for me to turn on the waterworks. (Laughs)
Has musical theatre always been an ambition?

I did a bit of training in acting when I was younger but singing was always my forte. I’ve done a few bits and bobs acting wise, like St Trinian’s, but this is my first proper lead. There were a few female leads in St Trinian’s but this is the only female lead, apart from Oda Mae Brown [Jacqui Dubois]. It was the same with Girls Aloud; there was me and four other girls. Now when I’m singing my solo it’s all eyes on me and it’s me on my own. I don’t have my dancers like I would if I was doing a solo gig, it’s just me, I’m being Molly, I’m singing a heart-felt ballad and I’m acting at the same time, so it’s a completely different kettle of fish. The singing is completely different too. It’s not like you’re belting out big hits and stuff, it has to come from inside. You have to internalise all that emotion and not be over-the-top with it. I have a whole new appreciation for musical theatre. I’m like the new girl in school.
What’s your take on Molly?

She’s a strong lady but she’s vulnerable. She’s lost the man she thought she was about to marry. She was deeply, devastatingly in love with Sam [Andy Moss] and he was taken from her so suddenly. They never had chance to say goodbye. There was no closure.
Is she someone you can relate to?Yes, I can. I’ve been heartbroken and it’s really tough. And from Sam’s point of view he probably feels the same because he doesn’t feel it was his time to go. Things have to be resolved before he can finally say goodbye. The final scenes are so touching and I can’t watch the film without crying. Anything with Patrick Swayze in, I love it. He was one of my heartthrobs growing up – him and the John Hughes films.

How is it working with Andy Moss, who plays Sam?

I love Andy so much. He’s like my teddy bear. I’m like ‘Andy, you’re the actor, you’re the professional one, how would you do it?’ We’re doing our duets, there are a few times when it’s us and Sam Ferriday [Carl], then there’s the whole ensemble… We’re becoming like a family. The first week of rehearsals was the toughest for me because most of the cast have done this before. They’ve trained or they’ve acted before full-time. They’ve had that experience I’ve never had before. I’ve been on stage and I’ve been a singer, but I’ve been a pop singer, not a musical theatre singer. But they have taken me under their wing. They’ll go ‘Try it like this’ and if I’ve over-sung something, like I would in the band maybe, they’ll be ‘Hold back and save your voice for this part’. It’s a different mic set-up as well. I’m not holding a mic, I’m acting.

Why do you think this particular story means so much to so many people?

Everybody on their journey in life experiences loss in some way or another. We’re all born, we’re all here, we all love, we all lose and we all have to pass on at some point. It’s a fact of life and it’s telling that story in a tragic but very loving and heart-felt way. It’s about saying goodbye and mourning that loss. It’s just so touching and I’m so honored to be playing this part because the film was one of the most iconic films for me growing up.
What are you most looking forward to about the tour?

Oh man, I’ve missed touring, except I won’t be able to go out on stage and go ‘Hey, Glasgow!’ [Laughs] That won’t be happening. It will be difficult not being able to interact with the audience because I’m so used to getting a crowd going. When it came to going out on stage I’d step up and get into my caricature mode of the leery Sarah everyone thought I was. People are finally going to see that there’s a softer side to me they haven’t seen before. Normally that side is reserved for behind closed doors, for my friends and my family. I don’t like to show weakness. People don’t, do they? People are going to see a whole different side of me and I’m hoping they’ll empathise a little and [laughs] go ‘You know what, maybe she’s not that bad a person after all’. My whole mission is to get the audience crying. I’m going to get this play sponsored by Kleenex! (Laughs)

How will you be spending your downtime?

Are you someone who enjoys exploring different towns and cities?I just like being on the road. I’m quite a free spirit and, like I say, I’m not always 100 mph like everyone thinks I am. I live in the country so it’s very chilled.When I’m on tour I love to take in new cities and I love to travel. When I toured with the girls I used to go out and explore places with some of the dancers, go for lunch, whatever. I like being on the move. I get bored doing the same thing. I really struggled with a structured job when I finished education. Don’t get me wrong; I’ve done it and I have a huge respect for people who do those jobs because a lot of them are very important. But I’m not that sort of person. [Laughs] Don’t put Baby in a corner! Wrong film, I know, but I feel I’m a cross between Molly from Ghost and Baby from Dirty Dancing.

Will it be strange being on the road without your Girls Aloud bandmates?

It is strange, I’m not gonna lie, but Jacqui who plays Oda Mae has really taken me under her wing. She’s had 30 years’ experience doing this so if there’s anyone who’s going to help me with ‘How would you do that? How would you react? How do internalise? How do you externalise?’ it’s Jacqui. I’m learning all these new different terms like ‘downstage centre’ and ‘midstage centre’. I’m like ‘What? We didn’t have that in the band!’ It was just ‘Get here, get there, here’s your dance partner, get the audience going, belt one out’. I’m hoping this is going to add another string to my bow and it’s going to show people I’m capable of more than just being on stage going ‘Come on everybody!’ It’s a massive learning curve for me. It’s almost like I’ve been sent to summer stage camp. One thing I always wanted to do as a child was go to full-time drama college but my parents couldn’t afford it. So this has been like boot camp and I’m loving it.

Ghost The Musical is at Nottingham’s Theatre Royal from Monday, November 28 to Saturday, December 3. For tickets visit trch.co.uk.

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Sarah does a live facebook chat with Dan Wootton

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Sarah did a live facebook chat with Dan Wootton on the 10th August 2016. She chatted about her role in Ghost, performing at Pride, she answered questions from Dan and questions from fans. You can watch it online on the link below

https://www.facebook.com/danwootton/videos/523334314527863/

Sarah even gave us and addicts a mention on the chat, congratulating us on the 10th anniversary on the website.