Enjoy Celebrity Radio’s Lesley Garrett Life Story Interview…..
Lesley is one of the coutries greatest opera singers.
Garrett was born in the town of Thorne near Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire, into a musical family. She attended Thorne Fieldside Infant and Junior Schools and Thorne Grammar School, where she performed in school plays and musicals and passed 10 O-levels and an A-level in music.
As she grew up she inherited her family’s love of music. Her grandfather Colin Wall was a classical pianist, her father Derek worked as a railway signalman and then as a schoolteacher at Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School, eventually going on to become a headmaster. They lived nearby just south of the village; her mother Margaret (née Wall) was a talented singing seamstress and became the school secretary at Lesley’s primary school.
She has two sisters, Jill & Kay and one step-sister Louise and two step-brothers Robert and Nicholas. When Lesley was 17, to earn money in the summer, Lesley washed dishes at the officers’ mess at nearby RAF Lindholme. While a student at the Royal Academy of Music she worked as a life model, something she is still proud of.
She’s also the Star of Loose Women and talks to Alex about her life and career.