Thanks to the 'Great Holborn Fire of 2015', this night nearly didn't happen. Letters Live was in fact cancelled on Wednesday but we managed to score spare tickets for Friday's show instead. This had its perks - we instead got seats behind stage left rather than in the mezzanine of the Freemasons Hall, giving a wonderfully unique perspective to the performances.
Letters Live is the live version of Shaun Usher's devotional blog Letters of Note, where famous voices read out a selection of letters that range across eras and emotions. I say voices, because it is indeed the important counterpoint to the words on paper. This kind of special event that explores real tales of the human spirit demands voices you believe.
It did not disappoint.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Louise Brealey hosted an array of amazing voices reading personal selections throughout the week, including but not limited to Ben Kingsley, Kylie Minogue, Tom Odell, Olivia Colman, Geoffrey Palmer, Tom Hiddlestone and so many more. Like a singer and a song, the marriage of reader and letter means the world of difference between magic and mediocre.
Louise and Benedict's readings of WWII lovers Chris Barker and Bessie Moore were a highlight of the evening and kept everyone mesmerised.
Letters Live is a beautiful illustration that not all things that sound good are, in fact, musical.
Next year, I think we may buy tickets to each night.