Sitting in a fully packed Emmanuel Centre awaiting the arrival of a certain Keaton Henson, I found myself somewhat taken back by the breathtaking setting. The perimeter of circular auditorium, which boldly proclaims godly words in golden letters, was the perfect juxtaposition for Keaton’s entrance as he sheepishly shuffled onto stage. Henson sat, composed himself with a singular exhalation and as the first few chords rang out from his piano, this was all immediately forgotten as the music began to speak for itself.

Joined on stage by a string quartet, Henson moved to his more familiar guitar and with 'Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us', the painfully awkward Londoner reminded the packed auditorium of just how powerful his vulnerable musical murmurings can really be. As the string quartet left the stage, Henson seemed uncomfortable by his exposure but once again, his music ('Small Hands') seemed to bring him comfort on-stage. This anxiety was confirmed when Henson proclaimed: "Thank you so much for coming. This is… fucking terrifying."

Whilst the string accompaniment worked well in places, his solo renditions of tracks like 'In the Morning', 'Sarah Minor' and 'To Your Health' exposed the crowd to Henson's music in its truest form as the marriage of his trembling vocals and singular guitar matched the barren and painfully honest lyrics found within them. This included a new song, which Henson proclaimed "it's about dying. So… enjoy!"

The return of the quartet towards the end of the set came at the most perfect of times and as the viola rung out during 'You Don't Know How Lucky You Are', there was a sense that this crowd had been somewhat mesmerized by a truly talented singer-songwriter at his best. Equally moving renditions of 'Lying To You' and 'You' saw the auditorium fall deeper into Henson’s trance, broken only by the fully deserved standing ovation that followed.

After coming back onto the stage in what can only be described an apprehensive encore, Henson finished the night with a slightly shaky cover of Elvis Presley's 'Always on my Mind'. Nonetheless, leaving the venue last Thursday night, it became apparent that the crippling anxieties that have stammered Henson's blossoming career thus far have become all but noteworthy. Instead, Keaton Henson seems to have finally found comfort within his music that seems to have finally allowed him to share his most intimate dwellings in a live setting.