One of the 'new arrangements' I think is worth a mention is that of Jolene, which seemed to transform the song away beyond its (cringy?) C&W roots.
Not sure if the arranger, Steven Baker, is involved with Hayley's forthcoming album but his arrangements in this concert suggest he might have much to offer.
Steven Baker (born 1976 in Brisbane, Australia) is an arranger, orchestrator and record producer, best known for his work in the UK classical/pop crossover genre. He has worked on albums and projects for a wide range of artists over the years, including Katherine Jenkins, Joe McElderry, Alfie Boe, Russell Watson, Noah Stewart, Laura Wright, Paul Potts, Hayley Westenra, Rolando Villazón, Lesley Garrett, The Priests, Gary Barlow, Only Men Aloud!, Will Martin, Faryl Smith, Friar Alessandro, Julian Ovenden, Toni Braxton, Neal E. Boyd and The Ten Tenors.
There were a few people in the choir seats behind the stage Libby. The person who took that photo must have been one of them. This is a similar arrangement to the Birmingham Symphony hall where there a quite a lot of seats behind the stage. Sue and I used to like to book them for orchestral concerts, as you are very close to the action and can see the expressions on the conductor's face. Where there are singers though, you only see the back of their heards most of the time. And the sound is projected away from you by the sound system.
I would also like to express my sincerest thanks to all who attended this wonderful concert last Saturday. I'm sure Hayley was overjoyed to see my fellow HWI'ers in the audience; supportive and encouraging as ever. Her extended concert gap has not, in any way, affected her stage performance. From the pics and videos we have seen, Hayley neither missed a beat nor a step...looking as if she was in a comfortable concert tour. Well done, Hayley! x
Thanks also for the wonderful reports and photos from last Saturday. I personally appreciate reading how members begin his or her journey to the venue, and meeting socially.
I also very much liked seeng members sharing Twitter pics and tweets on the forum, as well as videos too!
Oh I know Marcus - we're friends on Facebook! I haven't spoken to him in a while though so I had no idea he was going to attend the Dublin concert. He's a big fan of Hayley and a brilliant photographer (and digital artist too)!
And thanks to all of you who have posted pictures and reports from the concert - it seems you've had a great night!
I was in the choir balcony - second row. Loved the concert and recognised some of the regulars. Very impressed by Mia Coopers solo too. Did not wait for signing.
Saw you up there Gerard, yes I was really gobsmacked at Mia's brilliance, I was only a few feet in front of her. it is a beautiful piece of music and I couldn't place it at the time. I didn't realise the song list was on the back of the Flyer It was A time for us(Love theme from Romeo and Juliet)
" But you make me forget so very much.
I forget to pray for the Angels
and then the Angels forget to pray for us. " ......Leonard Cohen
I found Hayley's song selection very interesting. There was no song that she sang from any western album release since Treasure/Celtic Treasure. That was nine years ago! If we include japanese releases, there is only one song recorded since 2008 (Bridge over Troubled Water from Japanese Hushabye) And with Ronan Hardiman, Sarah Class (and Tom de Luca) all present at the show and all writing new songs with Hayley, it seems she is going back to her roots. Except of course there was nothing you could call classical in the show, and her roots are certainly classical. It seems that she is going back to the "real" Hayley albums, and forgetting those that were other peoples ideas. It seems we are getting back to the real Hayley. I can only think of that as a good thing.