We recently attended the Matt Redman concert held at the King’s Centre in Oxford. Matt Redman is a very well known British Christian singer-songwriter, whose more well known songs include 10,000 reasons and Blessed be your name.
For the concert, I took along my Olympus E-P5, Panasonic 12-35mm F2.8 and Olympus 45mm F1.8 lens. In retrospect I should have brought my Olympus 75mm F1.8 lens as it would have given me more reach to capture the photos.
As with concert venues, the lighting can be quite a bit of a challenge to photograph, but it also lends itself very well to black and white images – hence many of the images are B+W converted via various filters in Capture One Pro 8.
After the first few songs, Matt started to talk to the audience. There were only a few of us from Oxford, as the vast majority had come from elsewhere in UK. But as the concert was on Ameria’s Thanksgiving Day, he invited the Americans amongst us to come up on the stage. Just goes to show how far people have travelled in order to get to this concert.
Next, Matt Redman introduced Kari Jobe, a singer-songwriter from America to sing a few songs for us. Her well known songs include I Am Not Alone, which she sang first of all, as well as Forever. It is amazing that despite being 7 months pregnant, she was still travelling to sing at gigs like this concert.
Now during another break, while someone came out to talk about the charity Compassionart, a lone musician continued to provide the background music. I managed to capture that musician playing his music.
After the break, Matt Redman continued to sing various songs, some of which were his earlier compositions.
Now the most touching moment came towards the end of the concert when Matt Redman recalled about a BBC documentary about Reuben Hill, a physics PhD student who underwent brain surgery a few months ago at Charing Cross Hospital in London. At one point, he was woken up during the Laser brain surgery to check that the language and communication center of his brain was not affected. Reuben chose to sing the song 10,000 reasons, written by Matt Redman. Matt then showed a video of Reuben singing during the surgery
Matt mentioned that this same Reuben was present at the concert and standing at the back of the concert venue, and Matt then proceeded to sing the song 10,000 reasons. How appropriate that Reuben who sang this song for his brain surgery, was now present and listening live to the songwriter singing this very song.
I have to say that this was a very enjoyable and uplifting concert. I was very pleased that my family were able to attend this together, especially as it was not too far from where we live – when you consider how far many people have travelled in order to attend this concert.