songs of praise at Aled's concert
Robin Turner, The Western Mail
SEVERAL audience members at an Aled Jones
concert were hardly "walking in the air" with
were dismayed new singing sensation Hayley Westenra from
New Zealand did not appear with him as they had expected.
And some were disappointed Aled Jones sang to a CD backing
track, not live musicians.
spokeswoman at Cardiff's St David's Hall, where the concert
was held, has confirmed there were complaints about Ms
Westenra's non-appearance in Monday's show.
she explained, "The agents promoting this concert
made it clear on the programme that Hayley was alternating
with Welsh singer Catherine Jenkins.
was an asterisk next to Hayley's name and if you followed
the asterisk in the programme it clearly stated 'alternating
with Catherine Jenkins'.
of an audience of 1,000 we had four of five complaints
on the Hayley Westenra issue, so obviously only a very
small percentage of the audience did not clock the alternating
it comes to Aled, he was singing, not miming to a backing
track, and it is the kind of thing which is done in shows
up and down the country."
audience member Emyr Phillips of Burry Port, who runs
Pembrey Travel, paid £18.50 for a ticket, as did
his wife Louie.
said yesterday, "I wrote down in my diary, 'Aled
Jones concert - a shambles'.
Westenra, who my wife and myself really wanted to see
after being enchanted by her singing on television, was
was no apology and no explanation in the concert even
though she was featured heavily in a double-page spread
in the programme.
was only by looking at the very bottom of the programme
that you finally twigged she would be alternating with
Welsh singer was very good but we travelled 60 miles to
Cardiff and 60 miles back home with the intention of seeing
Hayley Westenra, not Catherine Jenkins.
were disappointed Aled did not have a live backing and,
to be honest, it was difficult to see if he was singing
will be sending a letter of complaint to St David's Hall
and I know there were other people complaining because
there was a line behind me waiting to talk to the deputy
manageress on the night after the concert ended.
of those complaining had come from New Zealand."
St David's Hall spokeswoman said, "Any complaints
we get in writing about Monday's concert will be passed
on to the management company which promoted the concert.
are satisfied that we did not advertise the concert in
a way which was misleading.
have star guests alternating on tours is accepted industry
practice now, and I know for instance that Jools Holland
does it on his British tours."
the promoter's response HERE
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