I’m going to say it – that was simply the best concert we’ve done in Wakefield! Thank you to every single person who made it such a triumph of an evening. Great to see the venue full, and what a reaction! You should all be very proud of that standing ovation – you earned it.
Congratulations to all the soloists, who rose to the occasion (even those that had to cope with me getting the key wrong!). But I think the biggest congratulations of all have to go to the choir as a whole – you put in a mind-blowingly strong performance, and you nailed all the little details that I’ve been going on and on about for the last few weeks. I’ll be honest and say “The Sound of Silence” was a worry for me – I’ve never been sure whether we’d get it just the way I’d imagined it. It was a thing of beauty tonight, just the way I wanted it. And what can I say about Les Mis? Some fantastically powerful and emotional singing there, and I’m thrilled to have shared the stage with you all. If that’s what you can do in a “regular” concert, I can’t wait to hear you all at Wakefield Cathedral on July 27th!
I’m very much looking forward to doing it all again in Sheffield on Thursday, then in Southwell on Saturday. I think this is going to be an emotional week!
Thanks to Jane Hughes’ family for videoing the end of the concert – watch it here: The Les Mis medley from the end of the Wakefield 2013 Spring concert