8 JUNE 2007

He could fill Wembley Stadium at the drop of a hat, but for Paul McCartney, less was more this week. The former Beatle performed in front of 1,000 fans – including luminaries from the worlds of fashion, film and music – at a secret gig in London. The music icon took to the stage in Camden rock and roll venue the Electric Ballroom in front of a celebrity-studded audience.

Among those being treated to a set made up of old favourites and new material was British thesp Emma Thompson. The Love Actually star, who's just started shooting a new version of Brideshead Revisited, was enjoying an evening out with her actor husband Greg Wise.

And cheering on their famous dad - who released his 21st solo album Memory Almost Full this week - were Paul's daughters Stella and Mary, a photographer. The sisters took in the 90-minute show from one of the period theatre venue's balconies. They were joined by Kate Moss, who seemed particularly inspired by one of the musical numbers - singing along enthusiastically to Hey Jude.

Also turning out to catch Thursday's free gig was Pierce Brosnan and his troubled 22-year-old son Sean. The James Bond hunk has recently been getting in touch with his own musical side. He's currently in the middle of lensing a big screen version of West End theatre hit Mamma Mia alongside Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

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Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise were among the 1,000 fans watching the former Beatle perform at the 'secret' gig, which was only announced the day before Photo: © Getty ImagesClick on photos for gallery
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Joined by her husband Alasdhair Willis, the veteran musician's daughter Stella was on hand to support Paul as he took to the stagePhoto: © Getty Images