In Memoriam segement with singer Rebecca Nelson during the 60th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards held at Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand. Wednesday 15 February 2023. ©photo credit: Stephen Barker/

There’s more to Stunning Classical Crossover singer Rebecca Nelson than meets the eye. In 2014 the talented young kiwi musician enlisted as a reservist in The Royal New Zealand Navy to serve her country in voice as the official singer for the RNZN band. Rebecca now holds the rank of Lieutenant and has had the honour and privilege of singing at centenary commemorations in Gallipoli, The Somme and Passchendaele.

Some other highlights include singing at Highgrove House for His Royal Highness King Charles III and invited guests at a Royal Navy reunion as part of his 70th birthday celebrations and performing the New Zealand national anthem in front of 82,000 fans before the All Black took on England at Twickenham on the eve of the Armistice Day centenary. She has had the opportunity to perform with both The Royal Marines and The Band of the Welsh Guards over in the UK and even recorded an album with the latter.

Outside of the Navy, Rebecca is a professional singer and has experienced success both at home in New Zealand and abroad. In 2016 she signed to Sony Music NZ and released her album titled “Poppies & Pohutukawa” which featured prominently in the New Zealand music charts. She is a regular anthem performer at All Blacks test matches having represented five different nations across 18 tests. Rebecca also had the opportunity to sing the English national anthem at the 2022 Women’s Rugby World Cup Final.

Rebecca is extremely passionate about the welfare and support of first responders, service personnel and veterans. She has been an active committee member at her local Returned and Services’ Association club and a Poppy Ambassador for the national Poppy Day Appeal. She was also the driving force behind cleaning/restoring the military graves at O’Neil’s cemetery as part of the NZ Remembrance Army.

Rebecca has an established a charity here in New Zealand called Te Kiwi Māia – The Courageous Kiwi. The purpose of the charity is to provide rehabilitation, recovery and respite to first responders and NZDF personnel who – as a result of their role in safeguarding and caring for New Zealanders have sustained physical or psychological injuries.

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