Singing has been very important for me," Mouskouri told us "I believe most of you must know I started singing very young, because my parents used to say it was the only thing I could do. I could sing and I could cry."
Her backing group of musicians were spell-bindingly good. Phillipe Pregno played and made the duet between Mouskouri and his saxophone in "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" one of the memorable highlights of the evening. Yannick Deborne's guitar virtuosity ranged from sensitive acoustic, through Greek rhythms, to screaming electric rock.
"My father was a projectionist" Mouskourii told us, sharing songs from films, accompanied by Luciano de Napoli on keyboard. For this group of songs, she sat, admitting that, at her age, she needed to rest her feet. "What can you do but laugh?" she said. And then came an unforgettable version of "Falling Leaves"