After reading the wonderful reports written by those kind members of the forum we had the great fortune to meet at Bournemouth, there is not much we can add to them, maybe just a few comments.
The three numbers Alexei sang at the very beginning only added to our wish to see Hayley again. He seems promising, but so far is not that much interesting.
Hayley's voice coming from the darkness was impressive, and we knew the real thing had began!
The overall impression is that she is extemely confident, she is arranging the songs in different ways so as to make them more hers, more personal, wich we love she doing.
Hayley gave her heart out, as Grant clearly describes it. I used my binoculars to look closely at her face on some occassions, and it was very clear to me that she was giving all of her out to us. That's why, knowing later of her sore throat didn't came as much as a surprise. We are very glad to know she is better and taking some rest.
There was passion in the air, so much that bows' strands and guitar's strings could not resist. That version of Wuthering Heights was powerful indeed!
I apologize for not posting photos yet, I promise tomorrow I will.
This morning we woke up with amazement in a white Bournemouth, we even feared for our flight to be cancelled. Fortunately, the sun shone around 12:00, and we left the airport under clear skies.
Heading out into the foyer, Raven are doing a roaring trade at the signing table and I’m just in time to see Valerie put her music motif scarf around Kirsty’s neck. Apparently, Valerie told me later, Kirsty had commented that she loved her scarf and Valerie had given it to her which I thought was a very nice gesture.
Luckily the rain that Jeff had noticed in the interval has stopped and, with Raven’s signing activity drawing to a close, we made our way down to the stage door where there was already a reasonable queue formed alongside the sound equipment van. Tim was the first out, apparently he’s not going back to London with the minibus and chatted with us for a short time.
With time marching on Dave appeared at the stage door to announce that Hayley was very tired and that they needed to be heading back up to London as quickly as possible and that, consequently, there would only be time for a quick hello. Disappointing but understandable. This was my seventh concert in 25 days. Hayley has already done 14 – I’ve only been watching and it’s tired me out!
Hayley appeared soon after and still managed to accommodate everyone with a word or pose for a photo in the five minutes or so she spent with us before she climbed into the bus with a wave and closed the door. Moments later they were moving off with us waving our goodbye’s as they disappeared into the distance.
I don’t know who it was that suggested we go for a drink, but we are soon heading back towards “The Moon In The Square” where we had dined some five hours earlier. It was a good opportunity to unwind together and share a few Hayley stories with our new friends Jordi and Olga although I think in my case, the third glass of wine was a mistake as I found walking a bit of a problem after that!
I don’t know what time we left the pub but it was after the second request to do so by management!. Jeff had already left for his last bus home as had Olga and Jordi but not until we had shared a goodnight kiss the continental way. So it was that Roger, Gordon, Dave, Paddy and I headed back ‘uptown’, still unable to break that special bond that Hayley creates, we chatted on the corner of Westover Road until it began to rain again and we took our leave.
I never want a Hayley day to end but tonight was a particular wrench for me as I won’t see Hayley again until 23rd May and I’m missing her already!
Hayley is singing just about all non classical songs at these concerts. I am more convinced than ever that her next album will most likely not be a classical one !!
But doesn't there have to be something classical on it, since Decca is a classical record company? But I think you're right, too, she'll probably have a lot less classical this time.
Hello Libby and everyone!
Well apart from the fact that Hayley does certain "classical songs" (in the broadest sense) very well, and that Decca would have to agree if it's covered in Hayley's contract with them, no! This is because not all Decca artists are classical, some are middle-of-the road or even pop. One of their biggest artists is Cliff Richard and I don't think anyone would call him classical! But i'm sure Hayley, even if she does go "pop", will not completely abandon her classical sound and songs, she does them so well.
And now... back precisely on topic! Three more photos
Hayley leaves the piano... and stage... after singing and playing "Sonny"
Hayley and Andy Moore are highly amused by something involving the Raven girls, somewhere off to the right!
Hayley and Andy - as the performance is finishing. Note the differences in skin tone, caused by the spotlight being mainly on Hayley.
Sorry but I didn't manage to get any photos of Raven this time, there was a very tall man sat two rows in front of me, blocking my view!
By the time the minibus arrived, so had Paddy, there were also a few others waiting with things for Hayley to sign. It is quite cold and Dave is anxious for Hayley to get into the warmth of the theatre. I managed to talk to her long enough to tell her about the sale of posters; teasing her a little about the amount raised and watching her eyes widen as she learnt the total amount. She didn’t have to say anything – her eyes spoke a thousand words which gave me great pleasure.
By now Dave was ushering her inside so I quickly presented her with the ALW 60th birthday CD that Graeme had sent for her from Australia (I think she liked it Graeme! ). Best wishes Grant
Hi Grant & thanks for your excellent courier work !!! Not to mention the River of Dreams Poster & your very readable reviews. Graeme
The loveliest, sweetest flower that bloomed in paradise, and the first that died, has rarely blossomed since on mortal soil. It is so frail, so delicate, a thing, it is gone if it but look upon itself; and she who ventures to esteem it hers proves by that single thought she has it not. Humility - Fry
Thanks for your reassurances on Hayley's health, Roger ! I notice on your pic of the Pavilion the clock shows 3.55pm. If you'd dashed round to the stage door instead of taking the photo you'd have just been in time to see Hayley !
Interesting second photo, Dave ! Is Andy tuning his guitar or tickling Hayley's neck ?!
Thanks Jordi ! I look a bit serious in that pic, don't I ?! Actually I was concerned for Hayley's health. Her manager had asked for only "one or two" photos to be taken but understandably fans were taking rather more ! I spoke to Roger about a group photo with all of us (to save time) but didn't mention it once I heard Hayley was under the weather. I've noticed she often stands with her legs crossed when being photographed. Interesting habit !
An absolutely superb report Jeff, thank you for that. As for the news of the cold of course we are all immediately concerned and hope this time she has time to nurse it properly and get rid of but... I have been coping with the hang over from a cold which was coming out around the time of Cardiff which is why I did not go. I had originally booked for it and got the transfer recorded but knew there was no way I was going anywhere near Hayley. I would have been even more disappointed had I been there, kept away and then learned what a superb group opportunity you had gained. The cold per se is not itself necessarily a problem, she has had them before and been able to pace herself around them. For me it is a very heavy prolonged catarrh-clearing process which is driving me up the wall. That has lasted a week so far.