Tomorrow and Sometimes finish the main part of the set. A gorgeous aqua light illuminates the stage for the former, the sense of helplessness and loss augmented by the strings and brass as the orchestra once again stand and the back of the stalls get to their feet. By the time Sometimes finishes, the whole stalls (and we imagine the balcony) are stood too, joining three and a half thousand voices as one singing the song's refrain. The choir, now at the front of the stage, turn with Tim to watch the orchestra's strings dance the song to its end, kneeling down and watching. "We love you" Tim tells us as they take their first bows and depart.
The orchestra tour calls at Manchester O2 Apollo (May 10), Blackpool Opera House (12), Nottingham Royal Centre (13), Bath Forum (15) and London Royal Albert Hall (17). They also play a festival exclusive orchestral show at Latitude Festival (July 23) as well as a show in the stunning setting of Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens, Greece (July 10).
They also play non-orchestral shows at Swansea In It Together Festival (May 28), Wolverhampton The Halls (June 20), Bristol Sounds (23), Liverpool Pier Head (July 2), Halifax Piece Hall (7/8), Thessaloniki Moni Lazariston (12), Laois Forest Fest (21), Dundee Slessor Gardens (28), Y Not Festival (29), Darlington Arena (August 5), London Crystal Palace South Facing (11) and Jersey Weekender (September 3).
We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site also has a Facebook and Twitter page.
TimBoothLyricADay, whose posts often lead to Tim explaining his thought processes behind the lyrics, can be found on Twitter and Facebook.