Edward Hyde, in Remove (Year 9) at King’s Rochester had his solo debut at the iconic Royal Albert Hall on Tuesday 5th December 2017 performing to an audience in excess of 5,000 people including HRH The Duke of Kent.
The annual “Christmas with the Stars” concert is sponsored by the TV Times and is now one of the longest running Christmas shows held at The Royal Albert Hall, raising funds for the cancer charity Bloodwise.
The evening was full of stars from stage, TV, cinema and radio including Ore Obuda, Shona McGarty, Tom Conti, Helen George and Gaby Roslin, with Edward performing solos on three separate occasions during the evening.
Edward opened the concert singing “Once in Royal David's City” with a single spotlight on him in a completely darkened hall. He returned to the stage later in the first half to perform Howard Blake’s “The Snowman”, accompanied by the big band and large choir.
Edward’s last solo appearance of the evening was performing an arrangement especially produced for him of Caccini’s “Ave Maria”. He was accompanied on the impressive Albert Hall organ by Dr Andrew Parmley who, up until three weeks ago, had been the Lord Mayor of London for whom Edward had sung for at Mansion House in October.
Edward's performance received a standing ovation in the tiers led by Dame Barbara Windsor and numerous shouts of Bravo! Edward was very honoured and humbled to take part in this event, raising money and awareness for such a worthy charity.