My latest job for the BBC was photographing Katie Melua. She performed for In Concert last week in front of an invited audience but the concert is only just going out on air this evening. As it was being pre-recorded, it was all rather laid back and the soundcheck seemed to go pretty smoothly. I didn’t realise how amazing Katie’s voice was so I was quite happy to sit back and listen whilst figuring out the best place for me to stand to take photos later on in the evening!
After a brief break for food, it was on with the main event. The Radio Theatre was packed to bursting with ticket winners – apparently 18,000 people had applied for tickets! During the evening, Katie was joined onstage by a number of special guests including William Orbit who helped produce her latest album.
Beth Rowley joined Katie later on in the set. Beth also has an amazing voice and came onstage to duet with Katie for “What a Wonderful World” which Katie had initially recorded as a duet with the late Eva Cassidy.
Katie’s final guest was Jack Savoretti who duetted with Katie on “Nine Million Bicycles”.
Because of the multitude of special guests, I had a bit more freedom when taking photographs as I had been given permission to cover each of the songs for which the guests were appearing. Also, because the concert was a little more subdued than many of the others, I was able to grab quite a few photos which I was happy with! Instead of posting them all, however, I will limit myself to just two more! The full set can be seen over on Flickr.