Hello everyone and thank you Steve and Mark for your fantastic pictures. Steve, you certainly had a good vantage point for the concert. And thank you for your report Mark - I'd forgotten about the bottle top incident - Hayley treated it as a bit of a joke but she was correct to mention it as falling flat on your face during a performance is never a good thing (I know, I've done it! )
Hayley certainly was making quite a lot of eye contact last night, I've just remembered that when she introduced Pokarekare Ana, she indicated the front row with a sweep of her arms and said "You'll know this one".
Anyway, enough chatter here are a few more of Hayley's arrival.
It seemed to me that quite a good number of CD's, DVD's and books were sold last night as by the time I found the signing table, the queue was already round the room and out of the door and looking around, it appeared that the vast majority of people were holding CDs and books to be signed.
Steve, Grant & Karsten had already taken their positions as 'official photographers' at the signing table and we all waited for Hayley and Raven to arrive. We didn't have to wait long, with Hayley dressed in her pre-performance outfit, she took her place and the queue gradually started moving forward. As already mentioned, the whole thing was very well organised, the venue staff were extremely helpful with everything running like clockwork. Hayley seemed to have plenty of time for everyone last night and looked as though she was really enjoying meeting everyone.
When eventually it was my turn, Hayley greeted me with "how are you Mark". I had with me the sheet music to Never Saw Blue, which I can just about struggle through playing on the piano and I wanted Hayley to sign it for me, which of course she did. I must say that I am very excited about the possibility of Hayley working with this songwriter again for her new album - I guess we will have to wait and see.
Hayley had mentioned to us at the Classical Brits that during her free time recently, she had started to really enjoy cooking. This got me to thinking, as I love cooking and last week I was preparing a starter/lunch dish that I suddenly realized contains many of the ingredients that I know Hayley loves, like smoked salmon and avocado. I photocopied the recipe, along with another salmon dish and gave them to Hayley last night. She seemed pleased although at first glance she commented that it looked a little bit complicated I told her that If I could do it, I was sure that she could manage it Anyway, I would like to think that she will give it a try.
Finally, I mentioned that it had been a good 12 months since I had last had a photo with her and fortunately, Steve and our other photographers were on hand to do the honours.
After spending quite a while in the queue, I didn't have much time to get many photos but I did capture this one - can anyone think of a good caption ?.
Finally, here I am with Hayley (thanks to Steve. Feel free to post it again Steve when you post the other individual pics!! )
Once again, many thanks to all my HWI friends for your company, to the venue and staff who were great and of course to Hayley and all the performers, for another wonderful concert and a very memorable evening.
A few more from Hayley signing at Leamington, then I'm going to have an early night!
You may like to think up some captions.
This last one is a favourite, I don't know what the gentleman was telling Hayley but she was listening very intently. I tried removing the man's image from the corner, but the picture didn't seem to work without it.
Back to Germany and as usual a bit late at first many thanks to Grant, Keith and Mark for their reports and to Grant, Mark and Steve for the photos (so far, I suppose ). Really a warm evening in every sense - 'Thank you' to Hayley, Raven, Hannah, Andy, Tim and Dave.
And as usual I leave the verbal reports to the native speakers, so here's only a first picture of the performance, taken from a different angle than Steve's brilliant ones. Sorry for the quality, but it's not very easy taking pictures using neither live-view nor the view-finder during the song - the first row is definitely not the best place for a side lining.
Great photos, Karsten! I love the one with the little gold dots in the background. The one of Hayley and Raven makes me laugh! It seems as though they've been giving Hayley fashion tips! At a glance, I would have thought that Hayley was a member of their band!
Hayley seems short next to them... are they really tall or are they just wearing very high heels?
By the way, just to end my suspense... were any videos taken at this concert?
I was not aware that any videos were taken on Friday, but perhaps someone will prove me wrong, I also have some photo's of Hayley with Raven, but was trying to post them in the order they were taken, however now that Karsten has posted one I thought it prudent to add mine.
Unfortunately not all the girls are looking at me which is exactly what I tried to avoid by asking the other camera guys to hold fire, next time Roger arranges an 'official' photograph we will make sure there is only 'one' camera to look at!