Lesley Garrett warms-up her vocal cords onboard Red Funnel ferry on route to perform at Wight Proms


Opera singer, Lesley Garrett gave one Red Funnel Captain an unforgettable journey when she gave an impromptu performance on the Bridge of Red Eagle on Saturday, August 31. 

Shortly after departing Southampton on route for East Cowes, Lesley made her way up to the Bridge to meet Captain Barbara Charlton and surprised her with a special rendition of the aptly suited ‘Sailing’ by Rod Stewart.

Lesley, a renowned soprano singer known for her West End roles in the likes of the Sound of Music and Carousel, was on her way to the Isle of Wight to perform at this year’s Wight Proms, which is supported by Red Funnel, during its ‘Last Wight of the Proms’ event.

Commenting on the impromptu performance, Red Funnel Captain Barbara Charlton, said: “It was wonderful to welcome Lesley up to the Bridge. I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet her, and when she started to sing to me as I steered the ferry through the Solent, it was fantastic! It’s certainly a moment that I won’t forget.”