Katherine Jenkins at Portsmouth Guildhall

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It’s been a tough few weeks for Katherine Jenkins. So tough, in fact, that she admitted she nearly didn’t have the heart to go on her latest Daydream tour.

Appearing from the Guildhall wings in a long white gown trimmed in spangly silver, she smiled that trademark beaming smile, But, following her break-up with TV presenter fiance Gethin Jones, behind it was sadness.

The audience wanted to give the sweet Welsh songstress a collective hug as she tried to hold back the tears and revealed: ‘I didn’t know if I’d be able to get up here after all that’s been going on.’

But, ever the professional, it was then on with the show and she didn’t disappoint. Backed by the excellent National Symphony Orchestra, the mezzo-soprano sang a range of classical, opera and pop from My Beloved, Angel and Break It To My Heart to I Dreamed A Dream (in French) and the rousing encore Time To Say Goodbye.

Her voice held up well and she seemed to draw energy from her fans and their warm applause.

‘You’ve given me the strength to be here,’ she said.

Special guest Nathan Pacheco, a Disney artist from America, also won over the audience, duetting with Katherine and hitting the heights with his version of Nessun Dorma.

SIMON TOFT