The classical-crossover girl group Ida Girls London has released a new medley entitled "Stars," featuring songs from the international hit musical Les Misérables. Watch the performance, including portions of "Can You Hear the People Sing?," "Stars," "I Dreamed a Dream," "Bring Him Home," "Castle on a Cloud," "On My Own," and more, above.
The Ida Girls—Georgi Mottram, Wendy Carr, Jasmine Faulkner and Sarah Vaughan—originally created and performed "Stars" for a fundraising concert at Leicester Haymarket Theatre. The singers recorded their parts during lockdown from their homes in Aberdeenshire, Jersey, and London. The musical arrangement is by Wendy Carr.
All proceeds from downloads of the single on iTunes will go to Help Musicians, the U.K. charity that looks after professional musicians of all genres and all stages of their career.
In a statement, Mottram said, “With our live performances postponed for the foreseeable future…we felt moved to use our voices for good. We hope that by releasing Stars in aid of Help Musicians we can not only lift spirits but also raise funds for the charity’s invaluable work.”
Les Misérables, written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, is based on the novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schönberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, additional material by James Fenton, and adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird.