Operafantomet: phantoming

"Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again" was made into a fairly low-budget music video with Sarah Brightman. It must have been shot either in early 1986, or in September/October 1986 - this because Brightman wears another dress and hairdo than in the show (which makes me think pre-show), but the air and rain is so cold you can see her breathing (I.E. not summer). 

The WYWSHA single was, along with Crawford’s MOTN, released pre-opening in 1986, reaching the charts in January 1987. So the music video would most likely be made the same time as the single was released, or when it reached the charts. 

Either how, it was entirely filmed at the graveyard Kensal Green in North-West London. It’s an amazing place, where everything is askew, falling apart a bit, moss covered, giving in to the elements - but oh so beautiful. I was there in January 2013 and took probably a 100 photos. I had the song “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” in the back of my head the whole time, but I assumed it was due to me being there to pay homage to late Phantom designer Maria Bjørnson. Some months later I re-saw the music video and immediately remembered the monuments featured in the video. The photos to the left above are mine, the ones to the right are screencaps from the WYWSHA video. 

Even more spooky, the music video was filmed just where Maria Bjørnson was buried some 15 years later. I don’t know how co-incidental this is. I both it both incredibly eerie and very beautiful. 

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