'The Last Night of the Proms'
evening of Saturday, September 24th, 2005, the third annual
extravaganza under this title took place in Saint Mary's Church,
As usual, the
church was bedecked with flags and bunting, and the audience were
encouraged to bring along, and to use, flags, banners, whistles and
their loudest voices.
traditional soloists: United Benefice organist Ged Callacher and
vicar, Fr Neil Kelley, performed on the organ, and were joined by
trumpeter Dominic Starkey. They performed a wide variety of music
ancient and modern, quiet and not so quiet - and in the second half the
music grew ever more patriotic and the flag-waving and singing ever
more fervent. This may have had something to do with the fact that
during the interval, champagne had been served to all, but the
atmosphere surely owed even more to the music and the talented
renderings of 'Land of Hope and Glory', all agreed that a Jolly Good
Time had been Had by All - and that they were already looking
forward to an other outburst of licensed jingoism next autumn.
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