A summer’s evening on the Glastonbury & Wimbledon weekend, so of course it was raining! In the picturesque village of West Malling in Kent a very special event was about to begin, Demelza Hospice Care for Children were working in association with The Children’s Development Trust which was supported by Liberty Property Trust and Kent County Council to raise money for their charity by putting on two very special gigs, on the first night (Friday 24th) it was Wynne Evans and Katherine Jenkins with the National Symphony Orchestra and tomorrow it will be Mcfly, The Sugababes and City Stereo. We arrived early and had a look around the stalls and were given many freebie toilet rolls! The field included a bar as well as food stalls which sold burgers and sausages which were sourced locally. The venue at Kings Hill was an open air field where there was intimate seating as well as a VIP section where there was rumoured to be a banquet going on!
The evening began with an Overture from My Fair Lady played perfectly by the National Symphony Orchestra and Katherine Jenkins walked on stage to applause and sang ‘Nella Fantasia’ from the movie, the 1986 movie The Mission, ‘Somewhere’ from West Side Story and ‘Mon Coeur S’ouvre a Ta Voix’ and Katherine spoke about her time judging on Popstar to Operastar, this was also the song Melody Thorton sang on last week’s show. Katherine then asked the audience “Do any of you need car insurance” this was of course Wynne Evans cue, who is of course the famous Go Compare man! Katherine and Wynne then sang a duet of ‘Brindisi la Traviata’, and Katherine exited the stage and Wynne performed ‘Granada’ and ‘With a Song in my Heart’ from his new album, ‘A Song in my Heart’ which he urged the audience to buy telling us ‘My children will starve if you don’t’, following this he then educated the audience about the different parts of the Orchestra in a very humorous way! Katherine then dazzled the stage again, entering in an Emerald dress and sang ‘Adagio’, ‘Calon Lan’ and ‘Ancora Non Sai’ and the first half was over.
During the twenty minute interval, they interviewed James Jordan and the National Symphony Orchestra opened the second half with the waltz from Sleeping Beauty, and Katherine went on to sing a variety of songs including: ‘I will always love you”, ‘Angel’ and ‘Hallelujah’. Wynne Evans performed another two songs from his new album ‘I’ll walk with God’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’ and the night ended perfectly with an encore of ‘Time to Say Goodbye.’
Although you would normally find me at a mosh pit at a rock gig, I do have to admit it was a nice change of scene with adults eating picnics and drinking pimms with not a child in site, though I did meet the Andrex puppy! Although the rain did send a small part of the audience home, fun was had by all! You might even find me here next year. What a great idea Demelza House!
Published on 27 June 2011 by katiephoto