There's always the possibility that Classic FM might change the running order when they edit the concert for broadcasting. It's a fairly safe bet that the 1812 Overture will be the grand finale, and it definitely won't be at twelve minutes past six!
There's always the possibility that Classic FM might change the running order...
Well they certainly did change the running order Richard, though as you've already seen, not in a way they (or we!) would have preferred!
So, my top secret plan to secrete a video of Hayley's performance from the boxes was foiled. Yes, foiled again!
Martin and I did bump into each other though, whilst milling around in the ejected crowd of thousands! I disappeared to take a few fire engine photos just at the time the concert had been scheduled to start and when I returned, Martin had spotted Hayley who was also milling around in the crowd... with Valerie by her side! So we struggled through the assembled hordes to have a chat with them and, of course, Hayley was as disappointed as the rest of us. Not least because most of what she'd brought with her was still inside, in her dressing room! Luckily, unlike yesterday, it was a pleasant and dry evening in London town.
So what to do next? Martin and I left Hayley, Valerie and an official of some kind to sort themselves out whilst we had to decide what to do with the unexpected free hours. As we slowly wandered away, we and others were amused to hear one of the orchestra trumpeters outside with us play the Classic FM signature jingle - all five seconds of it - and that was our concert for the night!
Naturally, Martin and I we ended up in the nearest hostelry with a pint to drown our sorrows - and still got home two hours sooner than expected! Sorry we missed you, John.
But enough of all that - so on with a few photos.
Candid shot of Hayley in the crowd by streetlight Taken before I got the flash sorted out!