I recently attended a Candlelight Concert at Central Hall Westminster and I can’t recommend it enough to all of my friends. The international live entertainment company Fever, frequently puts on these events which take place all over the world, and they are worth every penny. You won’t regret an evening spent here.
The Candlelight Concert events offer a variety of music to every demographic. There’s truly something for everyone. If you’re into contemporary pop music, you can attend “A Tribute to Adele”, and if you’re into movie soundtracks, you can watch “Candlelight: 100 Years of Warner Bros”, amongst many other available options. Each event promises a set list of your favourite songs from the expected artists, as well as some more nuanced, niche songs for the super fans.
I attended the Hans Zimmer concert, which featured an extremely talented group of musicians called the Ava Quartet, who played many of his most famous works such as “The Interstellar Theme”, “Pirates of the Caribbean Suite” and a fun medley from the “Lion King”. The skill level of the performers was very high, and everyone in the audience waited with baited breath for the next song. It’s always good to get outside and hear live music in such a grand hall, and there was a true appreciation from everyone in attendance for the amount of practice that had been put in by the musicians. Whether you’re particularly into music or not, I guarantee that you’ll find this event very entertaining, and it might spark or develop your interest in music.
The setting is extremely romantic and exciting. The team at Fever fill the hall with hundreds of candles, some surrounding the stage and some close to the audience itself. The candles are all artificial, so there’s no need to worry about a potential fire hazard, and the hall is dimly lit which makes it the perfect opportunity for a special occasion such as a date. If you’d rather see it with friends, don’t worry. The demographic is completely varied. While you will see lots of couples enjoying a romantic night out, there are also lots of families, groups of friends and people seeing it alone. One of the most special renditions for me was the performance of the “Man of Steel Suite”, which was one of my favourite movies growing up. It definitely brought a treasured experience to life in a way that a studio recording could never have done, a feeling I would recommend to any music lover.
Additionally, each concert takes place in a beautiful, architecturally stunning location. Central Hall Westminster was the location of my concert. It’s a multi-purpose beautiful venue that serves primarily as a Methodist church, but is also used for its restaurant, art gallery as well as hosting conferences. Having a concert here is unique, but works perfectly in terms of the sounds that are produced in the space, as well as the visually stunning, beautiful surroundings. You can expect plenty of high ceilings, lovely wall decorations, and countless candles in a night you won’t forget.
Finally, there are a few things for you to note before you attend. Seats are assigned on a first come first served basis. When you make your booking, you will be able to reserve a seat in a specific zone, but I recommend arriving around an hour earlier when the doors open, so that you can get the best seat in the zone you’ve paid for. If not, you’ll be subject to a long queue, since the event is likely to be extremely popular and it’ll most likely be a completely full house. Also, remember that you won’t be able to record the music until the last performance, where you’ll be allowed to take pictures and videos.
Once you know this, you’ll be able to truly live in the moment and enjoy the performance for what it is, which is something we rarely get to do as consumers. Any one of these evenings will be a memorable event to attend over Easter, and will be the perfect way to de-stress from exam and essay deadlines for a few hours.