REVIEW: Katherine Jenkins, City Hall

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AS the saying goes, the Welsh warbler is not just a pretty face.

And promoting Daydream, her eighth album in seven years, it looks as though she will be around for a long time to come. A standing ovation at the end of an electric concert certainly won’t harm that prospect.

Support act Nathan Pacheco accompanied Jenkins on a couple of tracks and the American more than held his own on his solo outings, including a rendition of Nessun Dorma of which Pavarotti would have approved.

Jenkins sang an impressively eclectic mix of songs. She bravely attempted Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and pulled off an effortlessly stirring rendition.

A French version of I Dreamed A Dream from Les Miserables sent shivers down my spine.

To take nothing away from Jenkins’s exquisite voice, The National Symphony Orchestra adds a lot of pizzazz to the tunes.

It is great to have a beautiful harp among the usual instruments, especially for slower numbers such as Angel.

Ancora non sai is classic Jenkins, a mix of opera, classical and pop. But while it seems to hark from the 1940s, it has a modern edge.

Jenkins’s voice is technically mezzo-soprano but she has a range far beyond that, best illustrated by fabulous encore Por Ti Volare, which goes well into the soprano range. Her beauty and warm personality win her fans but it was her fabulous voice plucking at heartstrings tonight.