On Sunday 22nd August Katherine Jenkins, known as the forces sweetheart, held a fundraising concert for the benefit of Naomi House & Jacks Place at Embley Park near Romsey.
As part of the Celebration of Speed event, a concert to raise funds for Naomi House & Jacks Place was held at Embley Park near Romsey with classical Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins as it star and guest starring West End star John Owen-Jones alongside the London Symphony Orchestra. Among the assembled crowd were members of the NHS who had been invited along for free, as a thank you for everything they had done over the last 18 months for the Covid-19 pandemic.
Singing a mixture of classical and modern pieces, the crowd were enthralled by Ms Jenkins performance. Among the songs performed were Here’s to the heroes, which although originally written for the armed forces, Ms Jenkins dedicated it that night also the the NHS heroes. Jealous of the Angels. A song of remembrance for all those who had lost loved ones. and Never Enough, from the Greatest Showman.
Alongside her special guest star they sang the Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé song Barcelona, as a duet.
Mr Owen-Jones entertained with crowd with Evermore, from the Disney film Beauty and the Beast and Bring him home, from Les Miserables.
For the final session of the night the crowd enjoyed Ms Jenkins cover version of Somewhere over the Rainbow, the Whitney Houston Classic I Will Always Love You, with an Italian language twist and to ‘celebrate’ a dry night the Gene Kelly Classic Singing in the Rain.
Having not been able to perform live for 18 month. Ms Jenkins had started doing online performances on Facebook and YouTube creating a community of fans she called her Lockdown Lovelees. A number of whom were also in the audience.
To finish the night off, Ms Jenkins went Proms style. and with flags flowing in air the audience joined in in singing Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, and of course Land of Hope and Glory.
For the final encore to the night the song of choice was Time to Say Goodnight.
A thoroughly exceptional and enjoyable night was had by all who attended.