... my rant isn't just about these concerts. This is simply the latest in a long string of mismanagements, in the last year the promotion (or rather non-promotion) of Winter Magic was another disaster.
Can I remind you Martin D and everyone that this is a thread about the Battle of Britain Tour, so let us stick to that please. It is not a general Bedlam-bashing or Decca bashing thread.
Hayley is clearly concerned about this and all this criticism of her management and record company cannot make pleasant reading for her. I think it's time to turn down the heat now as I am sure the message will have got through to those concerned; constantly repeating it won't help.
It's time to get back to what we are best at - supporting Hayley.
Promotion? Publicity? I don't think I have come across any of that for Hayley in the media for years. When I came to the realization last year that a certain type of music might help my situation, it wasn't any publicity that sent me searching on Amazon; it was the memory of hearing Hayley sing one song in the Albert Hall many years ago. Even then, the profusion of different editions of Hayley's albums was more confusing than helpful. I made a tentative start and soon discovered that Hayley has a seemingly magical quality to her voice that makes anything she sings sound wonderful to me. So yes Martin, I absolutely agree that, for me, it is Hayley that sells records, not the songs she performs, nor any of the confusing tactics of her record company.
As for the Battle of Britain tour, Croydon is only ten miles from me but I have seen no publicity locally or in the free papers that drop through my letter box. It was only through Hayley's website and Nicola's interview on Classical Crossover that I found out about the concerts.
Sorry Dave, I must have been part way through writing my message when you posted yours, so didn't see it until I had posted mine. I will take note of what you say.
Yes, I think we have said enough now (perhaps more than enough)!
Supporting Hayley is what we are all about, so please understand that my only motivation here is that I would dearly love to see Hayley get the sort of recognition that her wonderful talent and all her hard work deserves.
BTW I found an interesting day by day blog about the Battle of Britain today at
Right, I have something a bit special here. I won't say where it is from (but you can probably guess - but don't please) the only living video from this concert tour as far as I know, And it is without doubt the most powerful and moving rendition of this particular song that I have ever heard. To set the scene we were told about the terrible toll in lives, the immense bravery involved, and how the RAF fought on beyond the point where they were finished. And they really were, if only the Germans had realised. Then, Hayley sang this
A couple of weeks back someone, I can't remember who, said they could not listen to Hayley singing one song because it brought them to tears. Last week at Croydon this song did that to me. Now to find this video on here is just perfect.
So thanks Martin (and Hayley) for making an old man cry.
And to who ever it was I say "Listen a few tears never hurt anyone".
Thanks for the video MartinD...I loved it!! I think Hayley sings the best version of Abide with Me ever...and this video certainly shows that! best wishes Sing
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