A Scotland-based farmer is to entertain royalty when she performs at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh today (May 10).
Kim Adam, 53 – who is originally from London, but now calls Biggar in Lanarkshire, home - was asked to perform for Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, when HRH hosts a lunch reception today.
Singer Kim has chosen to perform classical song Pie Jesu for today’s event, and speaking about the honour to perform for Camilla, known as the Duchess of Rothesay when in Scotland, she told stv.tv: “It’s fantastic, what a milestone in someone’s life. I admire the Duchess and it’ll be lovely to meet her. I’m delighted to have been invited.”
Kim added: “When I was asked I said ‘wow, yes, I’d be delighted, but you must understand I’m just an ordinary person, I’ve never been trained, I’ve never been part of a choir or anything’. And they said that’s why they’d be delighted if I came along.”
It’s a huge honour – particularly for someone who can’t read music and managed to hone her musical skills by watching videos on the internet.
“I’ve never really sung to an audience, even at amateur dramatics or at a choir. But music has always been a part of my life,” Kim explained.
“I can’t read music so I learnt it by watching videos online for Pie Jesu. I would hum along to it and I didn’t quite get the words, so I looked up the lyrics online.”
Today’s reception at the Palace of Holyroodhouse is being held in honour of those taking part in the Big Lunch on June 3 this year, an annual event designed to encourage a sense of community and friendship.
Kim will be hosting her very own event at Feufield, putting on a spread of her own home baking for anyone who wishes to visit the farm and learn a bit more about the Feufield Trust, a charity which the animal lover set up to promote animal welfare and education.
Kim, who only recently started singing, has seen her musical career really take off after auditioning for this year’s series of Britain’s Got Talent. Hitting the headlines after admitting the only audience she had previously sung to included llamas and hens, Kim soon built up a profile, and has found herself in demand ever since.
And following on from her experience on BGT, Kim has been working with Scottish singer-songwriter Moira Kerr, who even provided the farmer with a song which she had written for singing sensation Susan Boyle, called This Is My World.
The song now features on Kim’s three-track CD, My Chance, which includes a cover of Pie Jesu, and a cover of Kerr’s own hit MacIain of Glencoe.
Find out more about Feufield farm and the Feufield Trust from the official website.
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