LIVERPOOL actress Claire Sweeney today announced she will team up with world-class musicians to record an album of wartime classics.
The 38-year-old will work with conductor Carl Davis, who delivered the city’s original classical Summer Pops and co-wrote Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio.
Claire, who shot to fame as Scouser Lindsay Corkhill in Brookside, will also be joined by the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
She is set to perform the songs – including favourites by World War II sweetheart Vera Lynn – at concerts throughout 2010.
The Walton-born star will hit the road after appearing as Carrion The Wicked Fairy in Sleeping Beauty at The Churchill Theatre in Bromley, Kent until January 10.
And she can’t wait to belt out the hits of veteran singer Dame Vera, who kept up the spirits of millions of soldiers during World War II.
The one-time cruise ship singer said: “It is going to be gorgeous.
“I’m really looking forward to recording with Carl Davis and the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
“The songs are timeless. Dame Vera Lynn recently went to number one in the UK album charts with her album of greatest hits, which shows the songs are still popular today.”
The album, We’ll Meet Again – The Very Best of Vera Lynn, was originally released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the declaration of war.
Claire, who fronts the Park Christmas Savings TV ads and played Roxie Hart in the West End musical Chicago, is warming up her vocal cords in panto.
She said: “There wasn’t the right part for me in Peter Pan (this year’s big Empire show) but I would love to do a panto in Liverpool.”
But the singer, who now lives in London, is enjoying slipping into her low-cut red and black floor-length dress to play the pantomime villain.
She said: “I’ve played the Wicked Fairy for the past two years and the theatre is near to where I live so I have a nice commute to work.
“It is really good fun to play the evil character and I love hearing the children hissing and booing.”