Ben and Hayley go online to beat the gigging lockdown
27th April 2020
Singing duo Ben Lake and Hayley Moss are keeping their performing alive, if not live, through the coronavirus lockdown thanks to online “gigs”.
The popular pair, who were due to perform a mix of classical, show songs and ballads at the Little Theatre on May 9, managed to record a couple of songs together in a village hall just before lockdown began and having been sharing them on social media.
Ben meanwhile has streamed songs live on Facebook and videoed a duet with his nine-year-old daughter Lottie which has also gone down a storm with his followers.
Hayley is also doing live sessions on her Hayley Moss Soprano Facebook page, recording birthday songs as a Disney princess, working on new material and looking after her children Elliott, 14, and Sienna, two.
Ben said: “The coronavirus means we have no bookings for months. We should have been doing a big open day at the Norfolk Showground in June, and concerts in churches. It was going to be one of our busiest years ever in our four years of working together – but the gigs have all gone October and November at the earliest.
“I have been able to do a few on-line singing lessons and, instead of appearing live as a singing telegram, I have been recording them and sending the messages via email.”
But things are still busy in the Lake household in Cringleford. His 12-year-old son Ted, who has appeared Little Theatre productions including Bugsy Malone, is creating video movies using online friends across the world as his cast as well as harnessing his own acting skills. They range from comic book superheroes to a take-off of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
And nine-year-old daughter Lottie, who is also no stranger to the stage and appeared in Made in Dagenham at the Norwich Theatre Royal, has sang alongside her dad for a bit of fun. They recorded a version of Nat King Cole’s L-O-V-E which they normally sing together in the car.
Hayley said “The Facebook sessions were my first and I was thrilled to get more than 22,000 views. Ben and I are also looking at doing on online duet, and I am looking at writing some original material with the help of fiancé Duncan who has a good ear for music, can play guitar and piano and is good with software.”
Ben’s list of credits include opening The Rugby World Cup at Twickenham, performing in ‘Jerry Springer – the Opera’ at The National Theatre, which won him ‘Best West End Newcomer of the Year award’ and a year’s run in the West End, playing Piangi in ‘Phantom of the Opera’.
Hayley, from Woodbastwick, is known as the ‘Street Soprano’ having been spotted busking in Norwich. She quickly rose to fame and was chosen to sing in front of thousands at Carrow Road football ground.
So while we wait for a chance to see and hear Ben and Hayley live, please enjoy some online snippets via their Facebook pages by clicking on the links below.
Hayley and Ben – You’ll Never Walk Alone
Ben and Lottie – L-O-V-E
Hayley – Amazing Grace