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Wednesday 05 October 2022.

Tuesday 04 October 2022...I went to two events in South Kensinton tonight... 6.15pm to 7pm. MULTI-ARTIST - private view - 4 Cromwell Place Gallery, South Kensington, London SW7. This huge gallery space always has a few different exhibitions on at the same time. Complimentary prosecco and beers for all guests. then THE SOUND OF 007 IN CONCERT at The Royal Albert Hall. Celebrate 60 years of the James Bond film franchise with a charity concert that will showcase the iconic music of Bond, headlined by the legendary Dame Shirley Bassey, and featuring several guest singers. Curated by five-time Bond composer David Arnold and produced by EON Productions, the concert will feature Bond soundtrack artists including Garbage, as well as special guests including Celeste, putting their own interpretation on classic theme songs, backed by the 50+ member Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Nicholas Dodd. The date marks the anniversary of the world premiere of the first 007 film, Dr. No held on 5 October 1962. ------------ The venue is totally sold out, with many in black ties as a tribute to James Bond. The bars are even serving Martinis which they never usually do here. The show was on for 2 hours 10 mins over two sets of 60 mins and 70 mins. The 50+ member orchestra backed every singer, and sounded fantastic. Pretty much every song , got a standing ovation from the crowd. The big screen showing Bond film clips and Bond related images. The Royal Box is empty and covered by black curtains. All the show was filmed by multi-cameras. FIRST SET SHIRLEY BASSEY opened the show with great versions of "Diamonds Are Forever" and "Goldfinger". The Queen of Bond themes was wearing a sparkly gold dress...looking fab at age 85. RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. JAMIE CULUM "From Russia with Love". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD LULU "The Man With The Golden Gun". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. ELLA HENDERSON "Skyfall". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. CELESTE " You Only Live Twice". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. ELLA EYRE " License To Kill". SECOND SET GARBAGE "The World Is Not Enough". DON BLACK tribute to JOHN BARRY. HANS ZIMMER "No Time to Die". SKIN from SKUNK ANANSIE "Live and Let Die". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. RPO with DAVID ARNOLD "You Know My Name" (included tribute to Chris Cornell). RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. PALOMA FAITH "Golden Eye". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD ELLA EYRE "Nobody Does It Better". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD. JOHN GRANT "We Have All The Time In The World". RPO with DAVID ARNOLD - classic Bond medley Encore : RPO with DAVID ARNOLD - classic Bond medley reprise, but a bit faster tempo. Lots of hospitality until midnight at this show and there were two after-parties in Level 1 reception rooms. Complimentary Lauent Perrier champers, Martinis, wines and beers and canapes for all the guests. The only known face here I saw was celebrity chef PAUL HOLLYWOOD. A great night.