Soprano Jenkins hits the right note at show

Katherine Jenkins at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre''133201s
Katherine Jenkins at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre''133201s

Scarborough’s Open Air Theatre was draped in a sea of red, white and blue, as superstar soprano Katherine Jenkins graced the venue for her headline show.

The platinum-selling Welsh opera sensation left around 3,000 fans mesmerized in the early part of her Saturday night concert, with renditions of classical staples such as Pie Jesu and Time to Say Goodbye.

Katherine Jenkins at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre''133201b

Katherine Jenkins at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre''133201b

The rousing Last Night of the Proms tinged climax of the near two-hour had the audience in raptures, with hundreds of Union Jacks waved in unison, as the star belted out the likes of Rule Britannia.

Logistically, it was one of the biggest concerts staged to date at the multi-million pound venue.

With a full orchestra backing the opera star, as well as the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers and local support Robyn Keech, over 100 artists performed at the show.

Promoters said that there had been a last minute surge in ticket sales for the concert, with between 800 and 1,000 tickets sold on Saturday alone.

And although it wasn’t a sell-out, the fans that had bought tickets were left in no doubt that they were seeing an artist very much at the top of her game.

“I think she’s an excellent performer, “ said Rodger Allen from Leyland, who was seeing her fir the third time.

His assessment was echoed by Andy Godfry from Hunmanby, who was attending his first ever show at the theatre,

“The sound’s very impressive, and she’s brilliant.

“The line-up this year at the theatre has been very good too, there’s been a bit of something for everybody.”

The start changed gowns several times during the course of the evening, exiting the stage to allow chart-topping accordion player Martynas Levickis to showcase his talents.

The soprano also raised a laugh from the crowd, after admitting that a fly had flew into her eye mid song.

The show was finished off with a spectacular fireworks display that lit up the night sky, and as fans left, they were left in no doubt that the show had been a night to remember for Scarborough.

Sandra Johnson had travelled from Newcastle to see the show with husband Paul, and they were wowed by the singer.

“I liked her singing ‘I Could Have Danced all Night’, and I thought her gowns were fabulous,” said Sandra.

“I thought she looked a lot smaller than I expected her to look, she’s very petite.

“But overall I thought her voice was tremendous and her choice of songs were excellent.”

And Cllr David Jeffels, former tourism and culture portfolio holder for Scarborough Council, simply added that it had been a “perfect” evening for the town.