Thanks to Dave, Stuart and Vanessa for the stunning photographs of Hayley. At least the cameras were reliable, which is more than I can say about the mobile phones!
Next time we'll just go outside and wait for Hayley, then we won't miss her! At least she knew who was going to be there, because I told her when I met her on her arrival. She asked me to say hello to everybody in case we didn't all meet her later, so thank you Hayley! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
Thanks for the picture of the Gang Dave, The one of Il Divo came out well, I would be keen to know what Camera you were using, obviously a digital SLR, the pictures have come out very well! I have been toying with idea of investing in one for using at Hayley's concerts.
Whilst on the subject of IL Divo I promised a few words on their performance, so here goes... I am probably going to surprise you all now, but I actually found their performance quite professional, yes it was staged, but it was staged very well, I did not have the problem that Richard had with having to watch four areas of the stage, from where I was I was lucky to see the stage, without moving my head I could see the stage, and about 12,000 people! so I relied heavily on the screen on both the left and right of the stage.
Il Divo obviously rate themselves highly too, but that seems to be part of the appeal to their fan base, they can certainly sing and I must say that the light show made the whole experience entertaining. I thought that after Hayley, I would loose interest, but in fact the time shot by, although I was watching my phone continually for a call from the rest of the gang! alas it was not to be, but we had a great night, we were entertained, and thats what it is all about!
I must agree that Il Divo were certainly good singers and entertainers, but I think any one of them could have given a much better performance on his own than the four of them together. The show wouldn't have looked so 'manufactured', and there would have been the perfect opportunity for a duet or two with Hayley.
I also felt that the contrast in styles between Hayley and Il Divo was too extreme. I much preferred the concert at Hampton Court last June with José Carreras. Hayley had a much more prominent position in that show by opening the second half, and they performed a beautiful duet together, "All I Ask Of You" from Phantom of the Opera. Perfection! i.postimg.cc/9fYxy370/smilie-big-grin.gif
At the moment, I know that Roger and I are going to Birmingham NEC and I think Simon and Shirley are too. It's fingers crossed that things go better than Wembley but you can never be sure of these things.
I don't think I'd ever rely on getting a ticket from the touts especially this time when I bet the NEC isn't sold out as it's the last of three Il Divo concerts and it's a huge venue.
Hi Guys, Thanks for the picture of the Gang Dave, The one of Il Divo came out well, I would be keen to know what Camera you were using, obviously a digital SLR, the pictures have come out very well! I have been toying with idea of investing in one for using at Hayley's concerts. Whilst on the subject of IL Divo I promised a few words on their performance, so here goes... I am probably going to surprise you all now, but I actually found their performance quite professional, yes it was staged, but it was staged very well, Steve H
My *new* camera is a Pentax ist DSLR and I went Pentax mainly because of my existing set of Pentax K manual lenses. Also because there was a good deal on offer at the time. For Hayley, I used an old 50mm 1.4 fixed lens to get as much brightness as possible and it certainly worked - but all my shots were wide views and Hayley had to be cropped out. This lost a lot of image quality compared to my Il Divo shots later, by which time i was confident enough to switch to the "standard" zoom lens. I think you'll agree the best of them were better quality than the best of my Hayley shots.
But it was a steep learning curve and it didn't help having to look out for stewards all the time! The biggest problem for Il Divo was the rapidly fluctuating light level and the huge contrast range between spot-lit foreground and darker background. In the end, I used manual exposure aperture and ISO settings - but I still used the autofocus and, most useful of all, the ZOOOOM so I could get much closer in to Il Divo than to Hayley. Next time, I'll know better
Regarding Il Divo's performance, although I wouldn't necessarily pay to see them in concert on their own, what I did see was enjoyable and I can understand why the ladies get so excited about them (didn't do anything for me though!). They can certainly sing and very well too - and I suppose the main issue I have is with the way they wound up every song to a crescendo with all four belting it out at full power.. I like a bit of subtlety in my music and there wasn't enough of it after Hayley left the stage But they are certainly very talented and if asked to perform gentler ballads or arias, I am sure they could do it well.
Taking the show *as a whole*, my verdict is: most enjoyable and well worth the ticket money.