Only a total of 300 people could be there at the three Christmas concerts with Kim Wilde at Knebworth House. They were treated to the best start of the festive season.
Kim Wilde, Ricky Wilde, Scarlett Wilde, Neil Jones and Mark Rapson performed in front of 100 people three times in the historic banqueting hall at Knebworth House, property of the Lytton family since 1490. The concerts were hosted by Henry Lytton-Cobbold and his family.
During the concerts, Kim explained that she celebrated her 21st birthday in that very same room. Singing Christmas songs in front of a small audience can be daunting for any artist, but Kim and her band played with so much pleasure that it was impossible not to be infected by their beautiful music and their joking around.
Another magic ingredient was the Knebworth Community Chorus, directed by Derek Harrison. They added their vocal magic to songs like 'Hope', 'Merry Christmas everybody' and the new song 'Deck the halls'.
For indeed, Kim performed a new song. 'Deck the halls' would have been the thirteenth track on 'Wilde Winter Songbook', and is a mixture of the old traditional 'Deck the halls' with added new lyrics (and indeed, a new arrangement of the melody) by Kim. Further surprises were a performance of Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' and Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' (during which the audiences were encouraged to sing along).
Seats were very limited for these concerts, so here's hoping that these will start an annual tradition. For there is no better way to kickstart that Christmas feeling than to admire the historic Knebworth House and to listen to music sung and performed quite so flawlessly. Those who were there can testify that Kim's voice has never sounded as crystal clear as during these three concerts.