Sadly I'm unable to go to Kenwood House on 9th July because of charity commitments that day, but I often enjoy a summer ramble on Hampstead Heath, so I know a bit about the venue. As Dave says, the audience sits on a large grassed area that slopes gently down to the lake, and the stage is on the far side of the lake.
Mind you don't all fall in and drown when Hayley appears. If you do, you won't be able to buy her new album when it is released in the autumn!
At least I'll see some of you at Olympia next Sunday!
However, I place you in charge of researching the US/Canadian venues, especially for the eastern USA and Canada. You have provided so much of this type of info in the past, it seems to me that you are the right man for the job.
After having a little smile ablout this, we now need to be serious and watch this very carefully because it just may be accurate.
In the NZ Stuff article about Hayley's birthday party on Monday - www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/0,2106,3246424a1860,00.html - there's an intriguing quote:
"Westenra, who is about to launch the European leg of her world tour, admitted being overwhelmed by the turnout,organised by her record company, Decca Music."
I don't know about you - but the bit I've highlighted is news to me and it's certainly incorrect. However... if they meant to say "who is about to announce the European leg of her world tour" it might, just might make some sense. We shall find out in due course - but does anyone know any more about it, or is the writer talking out of his you-know-what?
I was checking Wireimage.com and they have some shots of Hayley at the arrival of the event they must have only been taken a short while ago. Wearing a green dress this time. Other shots of Katherine, Aled Jones and Leslie Garreth.
Sorry the shots are tiny on this website but they are first at finding out who is attending events.
Yes I was there albeit restricted by having three guests who neither hang around stage doors nor go looking for their favourite performers! I am 90% certain I eventually spotted Hayley, sitting near to Aled Jones, who I could see clearly after the interval. Unfortunately they were tucked away under the teleprompter (those who attended last year will know what I mean and where) in a dark corner so I couldn't get a clear look beyond Aled but - I think it was Hayley. We'll see how my photos come out tomorrow but it was dark over there.
My big hope was that Jocelyn Pook would win the Soundtrack award for Merchant Of Venice, and that Hayley would go up to collect it as many of the actual award winners were in remote corners of the world, unable to attend (Hayley is mentioned in the programme). But no. My hopes were dashed when John Williams won the award.
After the concert, I was dragged away from the stage door kicking and screaming by my daughter, who ensured that I looked after my other two guests far better than I would have done otherwise, so no, I didn't get to see Hayley... or anyone else
The actual ceremony and concert was really good and I've started a report on it in "Other Music", so here it is.