On Sunday 14 July, multi-platinum GRAMMY and BRIT Award winner, Ed Sheeran, gave an exclusive performance in aid of Masterclass.
We are so incredibly grateful to Ed Sheeran for giving this once-in-a-lifetime performance at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in aid of Masterclass, leaving such an inspiring impression. We are honoured to be the beneficiaries of the inaugural Live at the Haymarket concert, and we are so thankful to Access Entertainment, Theatre Royal Haymarket and to all of those who made the incredible evening possible.
Playing to an intimate, sold-out audience of just over 800, Ed opened with BLOW, the final track on his new album No 6. Collaborations Project, which dropped on Friday. Ed kept the audience laughing with his banter between songs (he was particularly delighted when England won the Cricket World Cup!) and relished the opportunity to use the theatre’s acoustics to its full potential, unplugging his guitar and stepping away from the mic to hold the theatre audience in silence with moving acoustic versions of Beautiful People and Tenerife Sea.
Having taken a short break from his record-breaking Divide world tour to give this show in London, Ed performed a fantastic one-off set, mixing his big hits such as Shape of You and Don’t with songs on his new album, including South of the Border and Remember My Name. Ed’s incredible musicianship was clear, creating a unique version of every song with his loop station and impressive vocals, and kindly explaining how his loop pedal station worked for anyone who might not be familiar with his iconic performances. Ed also treated the audience to the first public performance of Penguins, a new song written for Danny Boyle’s Yesterday film, in which Ed had a cameo.
His performance came to a head with an electric performance of You Need Me, I Don't Need You. This was the first song he ever wrote (at the age of 15!), which he admits he always performs last, in triumphant defiance of how much he has achieved since ‘no one believed in him’ – a song which undoubtedly hundreds of thousands of people around the world now know every lyric to.
The evening was a wonderful success, with the audience thrilled to have enjoyed such an intimate and atmospheric experience. The proceeds from the concert will allow us to continue supporting new talent in the creative industries, and nurturing young people in their careers - we were delighted to welcome many of our members (and our competition winners!) to the evening. Ed has always shown such support for emerging artists, and we are proud to support young people at the beginning of their careers for free, helping to build essential skills and resilience to achieve success in the creative industries.