Jillian I loved that song from Jonathan too. It is my favourite from his Two Hearts album.
You should have heard it live, Ross. It was mind-blowing, amazing is the right word on this occasion! Amazing in a different way to Hayley's amazing, a nice complement to her own fabulous performances tonight.
well, what a show, especially Talk to me with acoustic guitar-I love all Hayley's stuff, but this is the direction I would love to see her go down, all her own songs, played by her-ace! What a great day, great company, great show, and I even managed to get the train back with no stress!-Thanks to everybody, and great meeting you all once again. Let's hope it's not a year before we can do it again? Mike
Hi All No detailed report from me I'm afraid as my head is still spinning from what was a monumental gig with Hayley on stage for nearly two hours. Fantastic eclectic mix of songs; some old, some recent and some new. Marvellous arrangements by Tim Evans of the Carpenters' "Close to You" and the classic "Over the Rainbow" were highlights for me together with "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
At the end of this "marathon", and to a deserved standing ovation, an emotional Hayley left the stage leaving us with the question "how could this concert ever be topped?"
It was indeed a very memorable concert, and my first ever visit to the Union Chapel. I was one of the large welcoming party when Hayley arrived courtesy of Addison Lee just before 3:00pm, and she spent about ten minutes with us before she went inside. When the minicab left I noticed the driver had a huge grin on his face, so he must have enjoyed bringing Hayley to the venue. i21.photobucket.com/albums/b294/hdjoespics/EEjdKsU.gif
It was good to see some familiar faces in Hayley's band, including Tim Evans on piano, Kerenza Peacock on violin and Bryony James on cello. I didn't take down the set list, but the concert got off to a great start when Hayley gave a powerful performance of "You Raised Me Up", followed by "Dream A Little Dream Of Me" from 'Hushabye'. I won't go into much detail about the other songs, but "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was certainly one of the highlights in the second half. The show came to a magnificent climax when Hayley accompanied herself on the guitar while she sang "Talk To Me". She said she wrote the song for the guitar, and she decided it was time to give the original arrangement its first public performance. The standing ovation at the end was very well deserved.
Jonathan Ansell also gave a superb performance, and his duet of "Vivo Per Lei" with Hayley was another highlight.
It was great meeting up with so many HWI members, old and new, and I hope it won't be too long before Hayley plays more concerts in the UK. Meanwhile I'm looking forward to more reports and photographs in the coming days.
All the feedback seems to indicate this was something really special for attendees and Hayley herself. Probably the most hyped up show I've witnessed.
What was the special ingredient? Was it the fact that it has been the only UK concert in a while? But there's often years between Hayley's NZ concerts?
I'm just really intrigued to hear what people have to think?
I think maybe what was special was that this wasn't a themed concert, nor promoting an album (As I remember, she sang only one or two songs from Hushabye). Hayley just seemed to be enjoying herself singing songs that she liked.
If it's the same dress John H saw, he said it was off-white. But let's wait and see what other, if any photos, we see of the dress.
I wouldn't have said this one was pure white - more of a pearl colour. It is probably the same dress, but I can't remember enough detail and we weren't allowed to photograph the Big Sing performance. We'll find out on 22nd December