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Wonderful review from Rotary Club Dinner

“You both really did do us proud tonight. I can’t thank you enough for giving us all such an uplifting and totally memorable and enjoyable concert tonight. You really sent us all off on an amazing HIGH. We all had a tear when Sally Ann sang and filled the hall with such a beautiful sound. Wow, wow, wow! Your mini ‘concert was just magical so thank  you both for coming and performing so magnificently for us. Scott Joplin is always a real crowd puller and that last piece of Marco’s was sensational so it is a real big thank you from both of us to both of you. Marco’s Happy Birthday was pretty good too!”

Rotary Club Dinner, Benslow Music, 13 Jan 2015

Sally Ann Hayes (soprano) and Marco Marconi (piano) performed 45 minutes of opera tunes, operetta and musical theatre for the Hitchin Rotary Club following their annual dinner at Benslow Music in Hitchin.

Numbers included Habanera (Carmen), Vissi d’arte (Tosca), Pace Pace (La forza del destino), Waltz of my Heart (Ivor Novello), Memory (Cats) & Somewhere Over The Rainbow (Wizard of Oz).

Fabulous feedback from a 60th Birthday Party!

“I held my birthday party at Roberto’s Restaurant in Hitchin for 70 friends and family.  I knew I wanted an Italian theme with classical music as a background and with an opera singer to perform during various parts of the evening.

Unfortunately the performers I had organised could not appear leaving me somewhat in the lurch. Fortunately Roberto suggested Marco Marconi (piano) and Sally Ann Hayes (soprano) who stepped in, almost at the last moment.

Marco discussed the programme with me and made adjustments to suit the relatively confined, acoustically damped nature of the room.  He also arranged for the singing to be broadcast by loudspeaker to the ground floor.

Both Marco and Sally Ann appeared in evening dress and were very professional throughout the evening, adjusting the programme as the evening developed.

Marco was very proficient on the keyboard and Sally Ann has a beautiful, controlled voice.  I had guests from abroad who are regular opera goers who were very complimentary of their performance.  We had agreed a set list prior to the performance which included arias from my favourites of Carmen, Turandot, Tosca, Don Giovanni and others.

It was exactly as I had imagined it would be when I planned the event 3 months earlier.  Brilliant!”

Russell Walker, Hitchin