Hey Top Secret Project

January 17, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

When you get a message from Laura Hancock (festival promoter) that reads "Hey Top Secret" my attention was grabbed. A couple of messages and week later I am stood in the entrance of Royal National College of Music (RNCM) Manchester camera bag on my shoulder feeling a mix of excitement and nerves.

I walk into the room and the serious nature of the day is obvious. An orchestra are unpacking their instruments and tuning up, the video team are setting up cameras and checking communications with the desks, the Hancocks are meeting and greeting and Im wondering what I have agreed to!

Then I spot Jade Helliwell and Matt Hodges talking to the Country band. This is going to be a very special day. 

I talk to Laura and get my instructions, fresh batteries and SD cards loaded and off I go. I milled around the orchestra trying to capture the range of instruments as well as the very talented musicians. The orchestra run through the songs and the video team design their shots and sound team make adjustments to music and vocal levels. 

 

A shimmering vision in gold emerges from the green room and the amazing voice of Jade fills the hall. Not in a gold dress but still looking very dapper Matt joins in to add his vocal talents to the mix.

I move high up into the seating area and stop shooting to take in this brilliant event. The country band, orchestra, singers, all being captured by the hard working camera crew. I close my eyes to let the sound wash over me. The songs when sung with the band are brilliant but the orchestra lift them to a new level. 

I believe the orchestra will be performing at Buckle and Boots festival later in the year and I cant wait for my B&B friends to witness the power of the performance.

Video teasers are on the Buckle and Boots Facebook or Country Orchestra Facebook page.

A big thanks to the family Hancock for trusting in me to capture the day. Also thanks to all the performers for tolerating me while they performed.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the festival.

 


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