Close Your Eyes CD

CLOSE YOUR EYES Annalene Beechey

The long awaited debut album from "always excellent" West End leading lady of 'Les Miserables', 'Phantom' and 'Marguerite'. Featuring an enchanting selection of songs by leading British and American songwriters including

Scott Alan, Stiles & Drewe, Grant Olding, Maltby & Shire, Stephen Sondheim, Stephen Schwartz, Richard Taylor, William Finn

; beautiful new arrangements by Peter White, Jonathan Williams and Richard Taylor; West End guests

Julian Ovenden


Rebecca Lock

('Phantom') and

Simon Greiff

('Saturday Night Fever'); and a special album foreword by acclaimed American composer

Scott Alan.

"A beautiful and captivating debut album … intoxicating voice speaks for itself … I can’t express how humbled I feel to have her as a part of my life, the respect I have for that beautiful voice of hers, and, most important, how honored I am to call her my friend. It’s a rare gift to meet someone who’s undeniable talent matches the purity of their heart. Annalene is that gift."

Scott Alan


  1. No One Is Alone / Children Will Listen
    by Stephen Sondheim
  2. Lion Tamer
    by Stephen Schwartz
  3. River
    by Joni Mitchell
    - duet with Julian Ovenden
  4. Hannah’s Dream*
    by Grant Olding
  5. Doll On A Music Box
    by Sherman & Sherman
  6. Carrying A Torch
    by Stiles & Drewe
  7. The Promise
    by Tracy Chapman
  8. It’s Never That Easy / I’ve Been Here Before
    by Shire & Maltby, Jr
    - duet with Rebecca Lock
  9. Sailing
    by William Finn
  10. Nothing More
    by Scott Alan
  11. Perfect Day
    by Colin Towns
  12. What We Have
    by Richard Taylor
  13. If I Told You
    by Sklar & Beguelin
    - duet with Simon Greiff
  14. Always / Goodnight
    by Scott Alan
*previously unrecorded song

Released 5th October 2009 - Catalogue Number: SimGR-CD01

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"Miss Beechey sings with great beauty and clarity displaying a talent that singers like Katherine Jenkins can only dream about. Here we have great attention to detail accompanied by a real understanding of the style necessary to make every song tell its own story. The musical arrangements are superb. Annalene is part of a group of West End singing actors who take their work seriously and who are continually trying to expand their art whilst being almost constantly ignored in favour of mediocre talents."

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"a fine showcase for this talented singer’s lovely voice … this angelic voice is a pleasure to listen to, from the very first track to the last."

"Annalene lives her lyrics, and the results inform each and every one of her performance choices here, all well-chosen and endearing. She is always equally the actress and the singer of the song … she is always excellent, always affecting, always spot-on sincere and, above all, superlative in each chosen endeavor. Brava!"

"give it a listen ... you won't be disappointed."

George Stiles (Composer)

"You'll love this album."

Richard Maltby Jr. (Lyricist)

"...songs, new and familiar, are delivered with such a passionate connection to the material that you feel each of these songs must have been written specially for her ... a wonderfully classy CD ... Beautifully sung, tastefully arranged."

Grant Olding (Composer & Lyricist)

"a joy to listen to."

Richard Taylor (Composer & Lyricist)

Close Your Eyes CD