Katherine Jenkins busks at London Tube station


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The Independent Online

Famous mezzo soprano Katherine Jenkins normally fills concert halls. But today her audience was bemused London commuters passing through Leicester Square tube station, as the singer, in a partial disguise, took a turn as a busker.

The 31-one-year-old performed for 45 minutes singing some of her biggest hits including "Time To Say Goodbye" and a cover of "Bring Me To Life" by rock band Evanescence.

Jenkins earned about £10 (which she will be donating to a homeless charity) from passersby. Several people were stopped in their tracks by the quality of the singing - one girl was even reduced to tears.

Many people recognised Jenkins despite attempts to give herself a "make-under" by hiding her trademark blond locks behind a scruffy brunette wig and wearing casual clothes. The opera singer's distinctive vocals fooled few.

""I was really really enjoying myself. On the initial first note I thought 'Oh god, I don't know how this is going to work out', it was quite an operatic number and I wasn't sure how it would be received. But by the second number people were stopping and I really enjoyed it," The Welsh singer told the Evening Standard.

"The people were really lovely. One guy said I had made him late for work now, but I didn't know I made people cry, that's amazing."

Those  who paid around £5 for their travel cards and caught a few of Jenkins' songs bagged themselves a bargain as tickets to see her in concert cost around £100.