Carrie Hope Fletcher’s Solo Concert

On Saturday 31st March, my sister and I were lucky enough to be in the audience of one of Carrie Hope Fletcher’s first solo concerts at Cadogan Hall. The concert coincides with the release of Carrie’s first album, When the Curtain Falls, which shares the name with her third novel (fourth book overall) which is due to be released in July.

IMG_0946For those who are unaware, Carrie is one of my favourite influencers and her talents span a thriving YouTube channel, wonderful online presence, writing novels, singing, acting and blogging. I first saw her in Les Misérables when she fulfilled her dream of playing ‘Éponine’ and I was amazed by her talent. This led to discovering her YouTube channel and then her first, non-fiction novel, All I Know Now. Since then, I have continued to enjoy her YouTube videos, books (her fiction novels are excellent) and blog, which she has recently revived. I have been keen to see her perform again and when she announced a solo concert I jumped at the chance to go, after waiting through two hours of seminars so I could order the tickets.

I have been full of anticipation about the concert and after a couple of days in London, the time arrived. Cadogan Hall was a great venue for the concert and the reception room was filled with people awaiting the concert. I often hear comments that Carrie’s fans are very polite and lovely and being in a room full of them affirmed that. There was a great atmosphere which added to the evening, especially the feelings of admiration and support for Carrie.

IMG_0947There was plenty of merchandise on sale from concert related pieces to items from Carrie’s ‘The Hopeful Shop’. I bought myself a signed programme and a signed poster which I am very pleased with. The programme was worth buying as it included some stunning pictures of Carrie that were taken at a recent photo shoot for the concert and album. It also includes a small interview with Carrie that I think is a nice inclusion for a solo concert.

Sat in our seats, you could feel the anticipation in the room. Soon silence fell and the room was filled with the opening notes of ‘Pure Imagination’ and then Carrie’s beautiful voice floated out over the top. She began by singing from offstage, so when she walked out the room erupted. Following this opening, the first act was filled with wonderful music including a duet with Oliver Ormson, who played Carrie’s on-stage fiancé in the UK tour of The Addams Family. Their chemistry was clear and their voices blended beautifully, similarly as with Rob Houchen who appeared in the second act and played ‘Marius’ opposite Carrie in Les Misérables. The first act also featured ‘The Wizard and I’ from Wicked which I was pleased to hear Carrie sing as she would be great as the role of ‘Elphaba’. Having seen Carrie as ‘Éponine’, I was happy to hear her rendition of ‘On My Own’ again as it is amazing, even more so than when I saw her perform it years ago. The medley of Disney songs was very Carrie and had a mix of some great songs, as well as a few from the villains to show Carrie’s versatility despite always being thought of as the ‘Disney Princess’. A lovely moment was seeing the audience moving along as she sang ‘Let’s Go Fly A Kite’. It felt that every single person was being touched by the music and the beauty of Carrie’s voice.

A short interval was concluded as the famous music for The Addams Family began and the audience began to *click click* along which built the anticipation for hearing Carrie sing ‘Pulled’ which was her big solo in the recent UK tour. For her role as ‘Wednesday’, Carrie won a Whatsonstage award and as I was unable to see the musical, I was very excited to see this particular song at the concert. This number was very impressive and I can only imagine she played the role brilliantly. Carrie’s voice has such a range as whilst she can belt the big notes, she keeps control and knows when to hold back. Renditions of ‘Audition’ from La La Land and ‘Burn’ from Hamilton also featured in the second act and having heard these on Carrie’s YouTube channel, I was excited to see her sing them live. More duets and a trio with Oliver and Rob were a joy to listen to and I think having those guests added a little bit of variety to the concert, although I could happily listen to Carrie sing for a long time.

Between songs, Carrie would introduce the next by explaining why she had chosen it, or she would tell a related story. Being used to making YouTube videos probably helped here and Carrie was very natural, despite admitting her nerves at being ‘herself’ on stage, and the concert felt personal.

The concert ended with a large applause and standing ovation which Carrie could not have deserved more. She then reappeared to sing ‘Journey to the past’ which features on her album, after which she received another standing ovation from a room of dedicated and proud followers.

For those who are yet to discover Carrie, she is an excellent role model and a very hard worker who puts her passion and creativity into everything that she does. To hear her amazing voice, you can watch her videos of covers or original songs (she writes her own songs too) on YouTube or listen to her recently released album. I ordered the special signed edition of the album which is yet to arrive but having been to the concert and heard some of the featured tracks, I cannot wait for it to arrive so I can hear Carrie’s marvellous voice again.

Although I have focused my post on Carrie, I would like to add that the musicians, musical arrangements and those at Club 11 and Cadogan Hall were all excellent and made for a great experience.

 

17 thoughts on “Carrie Hope Fletcher’s Solo Concert

  1. laurajane'sblog says:

    Hi! This is a lovely post. I am a big fan of Carrie and I saw the concert on the Sunday. It was truly excellent and you’ve helped me re-live it by reading your post. I was so excited by her announcement about Heathers too! 🙂 Laura x

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    • Georgia says:

      Hi Laura! Thank you so much! I just read yours and really enjoyed it! I’m a big fan of Carrie too and like you have been listening to her album non-stop! I’m really excited for her new novel to be released in July ☺️ Georgia x

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      • laurajane'sblog says:

        You’re so welcome! It’s great to find bloggers that have similar interests. I really want to read All I Know Now and her other books. Her upcoming one sounds like a dream: carrie + theatre + novel! Can’t wait to read it! x

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      • Georgia says:

        I agree, it’s so great! I’ve read all of her books so far and since you love Carrie I think you’ll love them! Me neither!! I’m hoping she does a book tour too – I’d love to meet her!x

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      • laurajane'sblog says:

        Yeah I would probably love them! I have All That She Can See but I always have so many books I want to read! I think over summer I’ll read loads and go through them all 🙂 Yes me too! I definitely want to meet her one day! I would love to go to a book signing of hers! x

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      • Georgia says:

        I know the feeling of having too many books to read! I would love to as well, my copy of All That She Can See is signed but I bought it that way, so I’d love to actually go to a signing x

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      • laurajane'sblog says:

        It’s a nightmare haha a never-ending list – but then again wouldn’t want it to end haha I was a little lost for a bit because I didn’t know what genre of books I wanted to read but I think I’m picking the right ones now. 🙂 Me too! I would absolutely love to meet her! x

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      • laurajane'sblog says:

        Yeah it can be difficult and you buy a book and then might not even enjoy it :/ I don’t think I can go too wrong with Carrie though! 🙂 What are you studying? I finished uni a year or so ago, I can very much remember how busy it can get 🙂 x

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      • Georgia says:

        Yes buying a book by an author you have not read can be daunting, but it’s also the best when you then discover a new book to love!
        I’m studying English, so the ultimate reading degree 😂 x

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      • laurajane'sblog says:

        Yes so true! I used to explore loads of authors. Recently I’ve read two new ones – How To Stop Time by Matt Haig and The Miniaturist (which I’m currently reading) by Jessie Burton. Ah amazing! I did Media and Communications which crossed over a lot with English at my uni 🙂 are you enjoying it?x

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      • Georgia says:

        I’ve heard of Matt Haig but have never read any of his! Ah okay, yeah I’m enjoying it a lot! Sadly my anxiety disorder is playing up atm so things are a bit tough, but overall uni is brilliant!☺️x

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      • laurajane'sblog says:

        It was really great! And if you like history as well the time travel element was really cool. 🙂 Aw that’s awful, I struggle with anxiety too, it’s not so bad now but I was diagnosed with OCD a year or so ago and I’ve had some bad spells in the past.Stay strong-it’ll get better again! 🙂 x

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      • Georgia says:

        I do like history, so I might have to check that out☺️ ah okay, thank you! I have an idea of what may be causing it so currently trying to get that sorted and hoping I can come out the other side of this patch soon!x

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