Through a string of sexy, sophisticated and downright spectacular performances, Katherine Jenkins left fans chanting for more at the Echo Arena on Thursday night.
The 29-year old classical-crossover sensation filled the Echo Arena on the Liverpool leg of her first UK solo tour. Jenkins serenaded her adoring fans with songs taken from the album, “Believe”, a re-release which goes on sale at the end of the month.
In what can only be described as an emotional rollercoaster of a concert; the orchestra gave a flawless performance and played music with such power that the vibrations could even be felt through the soles of your shoes.
Katherine took great pride in introducing the title song from
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production “Love Never Dies”, a title
number which she has been personally requested to sing by
Lord Webber himself.
However, this was certainly not the best performance of the
night, far from it. The unconventional and very ‘goth’ choice
of cover of the Evanescence song, “Bring me to Life” was
spine-tingling as dancers gathered around and, quite literally,
transformed the Welsh singer from the sleepy town of Neath,
into a butterfly as the song reached a crescendo.
Other unexpected pieces included a theatrical version of,
“Who wants to live forever” from the film Highlander and
also the theme from The Godfather. At the request of a Welsh
member of the audience, Miss Jenkins sang the Welsh national
To support Katherine, were the notably brilliant Escala and
the 20-year old French tenor, Amaury Vasilli, who performed
a duet with Katherine for the album version of ‘Endless Love’,
temporarily filling Andrea Bocelli’s boots for “I believe”.
It should also be said that the dancers were electrifying,
some performing nerve-jangling aerobatics with all taking part in polished routines and produced generally great entertainment.
As always, Katherine looked gorgeous and stepped out true to form in a series of beautiful and low-cut dresses, much to the delight of the male half of the audience whom I suspect may have been in attendance for slightly less cultured reasons.
To summarise, classical music will forever be in Katherine’s debt for the manner in which she brings what she loves to the masses and makes this genre of music more accessible to younger, trendier and frankly, less elitist fans than previously perceived. By the end of the night, I was left in no doubt that Liverpool’s love of Katherine Jenkins will certainly never die.
By Liz Hewitt
Official photographs: Warwick Saint
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