A member of Lace City Chorus had the shock of her life during the Christmas concert when her long term partner appeared on stage in front of 600 people to pop the big question
Emily Dunn, 25, was singing on stage surrounded by 80 chorus members when Jay Johnson, 27, walked onto the stage at the Albert Hall in Nottingham to ask her to be his wife.
The magical moment was captured on camera and the video shows Emily’s complete shock as well as the support, love and friendship from other members of the chorus.
Emily said: “I had sold 17 tickets to my family, friends and work colleagues so they were all sat in the audience when it happened, all in complete shock.
“It couldn’t have been more perfect. I was on stage doing something I love, surrounded by people I love and the man I love asked me to be his wife. I am a very lucky lady”.
Jay had been fine-tuning the proposal with the help of Chorus Director Glenn and two other members of the chorus. For the other 80 women on stage including Emily, the proposal was a complete surprise.
Jay said: “It wasn’t easy keeping it from her. I am so pleased I was able to pull it off. I really appreciate the chorus letting me interrupt their Christmas show to do this. I knew it would be perfect for Emily, even though I was petrified. She belongs on the stage, while I am happy sat watching in the audience.”
The chorus had just finished singing Some Enchanted Evening, a beautiful ballad from the musical ‘South Pacific’. The final line of the song is ‘Never ever let him go.’
Director Glenn addressed the audience and explained that magical things can happen when we least expect them. He then invited Jay onto the stage.
“At this point I remember thinking ‘Jay? As in my Jay?’” added Emily. “The next thing I know he walked onto the stage and I grabbed my riser buddy because I thought I was going to fall over. I think my face says it all.”
After repeatedly asking him ‘what are you doing?’ Emily said yes and the Albert Hall erupted in cheers.
The couple have been together for eight years after meeting at school and are now excited to be planning their wedding.