I have confirmation today from Bandana Management that Hayley will take part in Carols In The City on 6th December, here is the announcement:
CAROLS IN THE CITY
We are pleased to announce that Hayley will be performing at Carols In The City at London’s Southwark Cathedral, Montague Close, London SE1 9DA, on Thursday 6th December.
This annual charity event raises funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care and this year will feature well-known carols, Christmas readings by Natascha McElhone and Phil Davis, and two seasonal songs from Hayley.
It will be hosted by Sophie Raworth. Doors will open at 7pm and tickets can be booked by calling the Special Events team on 0207 599 7219.
Further details are on the Marie Curie Cancer Care website here:
Tickets are said to be £40, or £55 for the concert and reception afterwards. "On the night, guests can expect an array of musical acts and celebrity festive readings" and as mentioned above, Hayley's involvement is limited. But of course, we'll add it to the schedules and will state 6:30pm as per the Marie Curie website, to be on the safe side. .
Hmmm... I was hoping Hayley would do something for Christmas this year. But is it worth travelling to London and the high ticket prices for 2 songs? Probably would be a night out, maybe in the van - could be chilly, and bad weather for travelling. And midweek too - a Thursday. I'll have to think about it. Much as I love to hear Hayley sing.
Was anyone there? Hope someone feels inclined to write a report.
Hi Martin I will try and not disappoint but it will have to be left until later as I am out most of today. However, to be getting on with I asked Hayley at the post concert reception to sign the programme, not to me but to HWI:
This carol concert was in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care which provides nurses for the support of terminally ill patients at their homes during the last few weeks and days of their lives. The importance of this care and support to their families during these difficult times is immeasurable.
The evening was held in Southwark Cathedral near London Bridge and is one of the most magnificent cathedrals I have had the pleasure to visit. It is around 1000 years old but,alas, is also one of the coldest!!
The concert itself consisted of several Christmas carols sung by choir and audience, together with three topical readings from local actors Phil Davis, Natascha McElhone and Olivia Hallinan.
The highlight for me was Hayley, who closed the concert with two songs; “Away in a Manger” and “Ave Maria” (Bach/Gounod). Dressed in a little black number and warm black leggings her appearance was all too short but it was Hayley’s attendance and support for this worthy cause that was the important factor here. With just piano accompaniment Hayley gave a perfect performance.
During the concert I noticed that a professional photographer was taking photos throughout so at the end I asked him if it was possible to send me those of Hayley for our website. He instantly agreed but asked if I would wait until tomorrow as they were also going to be used by the charity.
I am now in possession of them but will delay posting on the forum until tomorrow as requested. They are stunning.
After the concert I attended the charity reception and mulled wine and mince pies were provided for the cold guests! After about 15 minutes patient waiting Hayley appeared with Arnaud and surprisingly very few guests took the opportunity to talk to her or take photos. I took advantage of this and was able to have a thoroughly enjoyable chat with both Hayley and Arnaud before I had to leave.
Hayley was in great form as indeed was Arnaud although both were looking forward to a break and a rest after a hectic few months. I didn’t ask any leading questions on appearance plans for 2013 although Arnaud did say that he was expecting another busy year for himself (he had only just arrived back from working in Argentina). The only snippet I gleaned was that Hayley has another concert in Asia next year.
So, that’s it really. An enjoyable evening supporting the charity and meeting Hayley again. I will leave you with one photo taken by Arnaud.