I was just doing some checking on future Hayley performances here in Britain and discovered that tickets for Hampton Court are already on sale, the seats i searched for didn't seem that good. Have i missed the boat on this one.... , i was checking a site that has been reliable in the past and the tickets aren't up yet so i thought it was ok but now......well things might not be so okay.
I'll hopefully ring them up tomroow but are any of aware of ticket availability for the Hampton Court concert on 15th of June and also the Kenwood House event??
I'm not a great lover of outdoor concerts because of the uncertainty of the British weather, but I was thinking of going to Hampton Court on 15th June to see Hayley with Jose Carreras. I changed my mind when I saw the price of the tickets - £85 for a good seat or £45 for one on grass at the back!
I've never been very keen on male singers in general, but I would have to be a wealthy man to be a fan of Jose Carreras. I would much rather see Hayley in her own concert, and I can still remember clearly her wonderful performances at the London Palladium and Southend last year. i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
Having read the reviews of her performance at Hampton Court last year, and considering her popularity here in the UK, I'm surprised and disappointed that the festival organisers haven't given Hayley her own concert this year. She could still appear with Jose Carreras on another night, then everybody would be happy! >
Sadly I can't make Kenwood House on 9th July because of some charity work I'm doing that day. I'm hoping Hayley will have another concert tour here in the autumn when her new album is released in the UK, so I'm keeping everything crossed. Well, nearly everything!
Now for the good news! There are only 12 more days to go before Hayley appears in "Classicalive" at Olympia, London on Sunday 20th March, and I'll see some of you there.
I thought I would come in on this one. The price of the tickets for Hampton Court do not reflect the fact that Jose Carreras is appearing. These are the standard ticket prices for that venue. None of the seats are on grass, they are all in properly constructed, tiered stands. The event takes place in a courtyard, surrounded on all sides by the Palace itself. The back tier (Block A covered) will protect you from the elements. however, I have chosen to be brave this year. My seat is in Block D, Row A, Seat 1. That is the seat nearest to centre stage in that block - and it's out in the open.
This venue is certainly worth the money. Especially when you consider that, ten years ago, the cost of attending a Luciano Pavarotti concert was £85.00.
For those not familiar with the layout at Hampton Court Palace, see the map below.
I'm afraid I agree with Richard on this one, but it's not Hayley's fault as she needs the exposure a high profile performance with Carreras will bring... in the run up to the release of her next album.
A direct comparison can be made with Katie Melua's concert at the same venue, the day before: Katie is as new an artist in the UK as Hayley and has sold twice as many albums (5x platinum). Katie's tickets are £36 and £39.50 - the same as Hayley's were for the Hampton Court finale last year. So, the Carreras tickets are costing from 25% more to over twice what you'd expect for a Hayley concert at the same venue... and she will have a minority role.
I have not yet decided whether or not to attend this one, because of the high cost for what is Hayley's supporting role. Had I been as quick off the mark as Keith I might have gone - but by the time I discovered tickets were on sale (from Keith, actually!), all decent seats in the less expensive blocks B and D had gone.
The prices certainly aren't cheap i admit but then i'd been saving up some money for this so i won't feel the pinch quite so much. The way i figured it, the three performances currently on the schedule could well be her only ones in the UK this year, and i had to take the chance while it was there.. [which would be more than a bit unfortunate if it were the case i have to say],
I wasn't completely taken aback by the high prices mind you, last time i saw Hayley perform with Jose Carreras at the Royal Albert Hall, compareable seats to the ones i have chosen this time around were priced at £75 each. There's at least a ten pound difference per ticket between there and here, maybe the venue?
I went to Hampton Court on a glomy and wet day late last eyar, for purely touristy historical reasons and nothing else, it is quite impressive as stately homes go. If the British weather holds up, it will be a nice long summer day and i can already imagine Hayley and Jose's finale with the sun setting behind them. Now isn't that a picture. I will hope for something like that but you can't always rely on the British weather as i'm sure you're all too aware.
Keith, i take it by some of your earlier comments you've been to Hampton Court before for something like this, what's it like? How many people will be there? how far away is the stage? what's the deal?
Your questions are not annoying. If it is to do with a Hayley concert (or appearance) it is a pleasure to answer them. Last year, I was right at the very back in block A (covered). Any further away and we would have had to listen to the concert over the telephone. i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
No, actually, they were pretty good seats. It's a superb venue and, last year, apart from the orchestra, it was all Hayley. She was the only singer on the programme that night. It isn't a very large audience, maybe 1,000 or so. It's really quite intimate as far as venues go.
Although I never went down to the front, I would estimate the distance between the front row and the stage to be about 10 feet or so. Maybe less.
Roger and I sat together last year and we both thoroughly enjoyed the concert. Even more enjoyable was our chat with Hayley during the interval. Not forgetting Gerald and Steve of course.
The setting is magnificent, the weather was beautiful, the company excellent (I must mention hear that Dave was there with his daughter last year, and so were Kirsty and Felipe), the entertainment superb. What more can be said?
I am really looking forward to it. Trouble is, in doing so, in some ways, I am wishing Classicalive to be behind us.
Before I made my last posting, I did have a look at the prices of tickets for the other shows, so I knew the price was really for Jose Carreras. As he isn't my type of singer, and I would only expect Hayley to perform about 6 songs, I felt it wasn't going to be good value for money.
I took early retirement three years ago, so money does matter for me now, even if I have got four different versions of "Pure"! If I was still working, I might have considered it, but then I wouldn't be able to look at the web sites 3 or 4 mornings a week!
Incidentally, have you seen the prices for the opening concert with Andrea Bocelli? I'd need to be a millionaire to go to that one!
Hello again Keith and Dave, I've had some more thoughts I want to share with you.
I totally agree that Hayley needs plenty of promotion in the coming months, as it will be two years since the release of "Pure" by the time her new CD is released here in the UK. I'm hoping it will be in September as Hayley said on BBC Breakfast News.
Because I've been following Hayley so closely on this web site ever since her concert at the London Palladium last March, I possibly failed to realise that she may have slipped from the British public's attention recently, especially while she's been spending so much time in the USA. At least it proves that this site is doing a good job in helping to promote Hayley, but only to those people who view it!
Let's hope we can spread the word about Hayley Westenra International at Olympia in 9 days time!
Because I've been following Hayley so closely on this web site ever since her concert at the London Palladium last March, I possibly failed to realise that she may have slipped from the British public's attention recently.....
My concerns on this matter have been highlighted recently by numerous acquaintances of mine who have said things like, "What has happened to Hayley?" and "Has she disappeared?". As Richard has mentioned, not everyone has access to websites such as HWI and, naturally now that her chart position is slipping, radio stations such as Classic FM tend to give her air time less frequently.
I am sure that the release of her DVD will assure everyone that she has by no means disappeared. I also hope that the publication of her biography in the UK will be given good publicity. Her appearances at Olympia next week, Hampton Court in June, and Kenwood House in July will indicate to everyone that she is most definitely still around. Let's just hope that the release of her next CD (hopefully in September) will be quickly followed by a UK tour. Then we will all be happy!
Oh yes, I almost forgot. See you at Olympia, Richard!
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Keith, i don't know if you've been to Kenwood House before for concerts or not, but where would you say are the best or optimum seats?? Nick,
Hi Nick, I haven't been there either but I spent yesterday finding out everything I could about the Kenwood concerts and just got my bookings in before the first press release As far as I can tell, these are lakeside concerts, with the stage on one side of a small 25- yard wide lake and the audience on the opposite bank.
There's a rectangle of "Premium Deck chairs" nearest the stage (lake!), about 80 chairs wide and over a dozen rows deep. This is surrounded by a larger rectangle of ordinary deck chairs and the rows of each seem to be lettered from A at the front to around Z at the back. I presume the unreserved admittance is to the grassy areas surrounding all the deckchairs.
As far as I can tell, I have £22 tickets in the front row of ordinary deckchairs, immediately to the side of the premium deck chairs (row A). So I estimate I'll have about a 45 degree line of sight to the stage - I can live with that, I'm going to try to set up a small tripod for my camera infront of my chair.
Anyway, that's what I've worked out... I only hope I am right about the deck chair locations and numbering scheme!!! If I hadn't got the front row (hopefully!), I would have gone for the Premium Deck chairs a few rows back, £26 each. Anyway, I hope that helps - if you find out anything different, do let me know!