301st concert session of Daylight Music concerts at the beautiful Union Chapel in Islington was a delightful experience for the audience.
The well advertised cakes and savoury items prepared by the team at the Margins Project, who supports people facing homelessness, was the hit too.
I covered the event starting from the prep, listening to music and previous performances, getting the idea of the possible set-up and expressions, coming over early for the soundcheck to meet the musicians and talk about their inspiration, lineup and concert set list.
The chapel is a 19c. breathtaking building with an array of possible takes I was able to present. It is useful to prepare the performers that the photographer may be present from a few angles, including briefly on stage, if need be, so they are aware. One time when I was photographing organs, which are completely obstructed from the audience by the architecture of the building, I had to approach the player between songs and really close from above to have at least some material I could use to show he was actually performed on the day.
The reportage includes behind the scenes stories that audience do not normally see, as they are getting their place in the queue. The engineers, chefs, security, photo and video teams all work hard together to prepare this great Saturday event.