Bangor Elim Centre - 28th February 2009 Mar 2, 2009 17:43:06 GMT
Post by Paddy on Mar 2, 2009 17:43:06 GMT
Sometimes it's ok to be redundant
- thanks to the outstanding photographic and journalistic expertise of the colleagues I met in Bangor on Saturday.
Travelling to Bangor, I expected to hear just a few songs from Hayley, as she was the special guest of the Bangor Ladies Choir.
Instead, I experienced a performance that seemed 'to have it all'.
I felt very glad to be there and welcomed,
not least by the waves and cheery smiles from the silver 'coach' that seemed to alight, as if from a magic land
... and then, by the thoughtful invitation to come inside Kiwi land and enjoy a few brief words.
The staff too at the Elim Centre were courteous, friendly and welcoming throughout.
The performance itself was impressive, with the choir's contributions aptly chosen to integrate well with Hayley's repertoire.
Hayley too seemed to be enjoying the occasion
... her introductions and comments were relaxed and informal
and she seemed to express herself and engage the audience much more naturally than usual.
The highlight for me was Nemunoki,
especially how the subtle variations of Hayley's (silken) tones
seemed to dramatise the quiet emotiveness of this touching lullaby (under the silk tree).
(No need to learn Japanese, with Hayley singing .... )
As my colleagues have already described so well the essence of this memorable concert,
I'll indulge myself by posting just one little photo (taken by a helpful staff member at the Centre)
... so that some of you may say 'Hi',
if you happen to notice a strange guy searching around for kiwis before this week's concerts.