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Emeli dazzles live at the Royal Albert Hall

12th November 2012

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Sunday’s performance to a packed Royal Albert Hall was a fitting end to a remarkable year for Emeli Sandé, whose mesmerising voice was rewarded with a rapturous standing ovation at the show’s end.

Emeli SandeFollowing twelve-months in which her debut album went to number one in February and was the second fastest selling album of the year behind Lana Del Ray’s Born to Die, the euphoric reception could have been predicted for an obviously popular act.

This performance was one away from the constant glare of the media spotlight that has followed her during her rise to fame. As she stated at the start ‘no-one is here to judge tonight, we’re here to love music’. And there was plenty of love to witness. Following her performance at the Olympic Games it was clear that Sandé was thrilled to perform in front of her own fans at such a historic venue. 

Emotions of elation, excitement and relief were channelled beautifully into a pitch-perfect vocal, with her obvious passion oozing from every note she sang. The acoustics in the great musical amphitheatre responded and at times, the sound Emeli produced was breathtaking.

Her whole performance was a joy to behold.

Over the course of the night, Sandé performed the majority of the songs from her album Our Version of Events, some new recordings and also the additional tracks from the album’s re-issue including Naughty Boy’s debut single “Wonder”. Having opened with “Daddy”, “Where I Sleep”, “Breaking The Law” and three new tracks, Sandé sung a verse of the Christian hymn “Abide With Me”, which she had also sung at Stratford.

She then settled down with her piano to sing “Clown”, the prayer-like “River”, as well her version of “I Wish I knew How it Would Feel to be Free”, a tribute to her ‘biggest music musical influence,’ Nina Simone.

Alone with just her bassist, Sandé then proceeded to sing another title from her album, “Suitcase”, which she followed up with “Read All About It (Pt. III)”. The crowd responded with great adoration, only to go absolutely berserk when Stephen Paul Manderson, a.k.a Professor Green, duly swagged his way out onto stage to launch into the first verse of his Part I version of the song. The audience then remained on their feet as Pro’ departed and Sandé wowed with the jubilatory “Wonder”. 

After a rendition of “Mountains” and her debut single “Heaven”, Sandé left the stage for what appeared to be the end of the show. However, after responding to the crowd’s encore Sandé returned alongside Hackney-born-artist Labrinth, as the pair dueted the glorious number one single “Beneath Your Beautiful”. A memorable night was completed as Sandé sung “Maybe”, before closing with her most commercially successful single yet, “Next To Me”.

This performance proved Sandé to be one of the UK’s most talented singer-songwriters and showcased her extraordinary vocal repertoire. 

Image courtesy of Beacon Radio

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