Last weekend I had the honour and privilege of attending “a night of 100 heroes” at St. Paul’s church in Covent Garden. It was an evening full of outstanding performances from leading names from London’s West End all to raise money for the North Kensington Fire Fighters who are running the London Marathon in aid of “Kids on the Green” this Sunday.
The evening was a hit right from the off, as soon as we entered the church and we found our seats the room was filling up around us. We overheard one of the volunteers say that the event was a sell out. The room was decorated with 72 heart shaped balloons, one for each of the fallen victims of the tragic fire. These balloons were then for sale at the end of the night to help raise as much money as possible.
The show began with an incredible performance from Nadim Naaman (who I had the pleasure of seeing as Raoul in Phantom). It was a beautiful performance and the perfect way to open the show.
Each performer came on the stage and sang one song, I was completely blown away by the level of talent in that room. All singing songs from hit musicals both from stage and screen.
A couple of stand out performances for me were;
Matt Harvey singing Heaven on their Minds from Jesus Christ Superstar, his voice was utterly flawless.
Simon Bailey and Gina Beck’s performance of All I Ask Of You from Phantom was also perfect, the two performed opposite each other in Phantom so it was beautiful to see them perform it again. Both such beautiful voices.
Emma Lindars brought the house down with her rendition of Never Enough from the smash hit The Greatest Showman, you know it’s a great performance when the audience feel the need to applaud half way through the song – incredible.
The Barricade Boys never fail to impress when I see them live. It was a fantastic addition to the night when they came on stage and invited presenter and organiser (and fellow Barricade Boy) Kieran Brown to join them in a note perfect rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody. Scott Garnham then stayed on stage and did a fantastic mash-up of Its My Life by Bon Jovi mixed with Master of the House from Les Mis. Such brilliant voices and a great group of guys. It’s always a pleasure to see them perform.
Amongst all the wonderful performances we were graced with the presence of a true hero, firefighter Tom Abell was invited on stage to give a speech and to give thanks to his team at North Kensington Firefighters. We also got to hear a beautiful poem written by one of the locals to Grenfell read by Harriet Thorpe.
It was an outstanding night with incredible organisation from Kieran Brown and Sabrina Aloueche. What a perfect way to celebrate the incredible bravery of the North Kensington Firefighters and a chance to reflect on that tragic event. Thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to the incredible performers.