'The Last Night of the Proms'
Saturday 20th September, 2008

Once again St Mary's Church resounded to the sounds of rousing music as the now traditional
'Last Night of the Proms' concert filled the church with the full-blooded sounds of organ and brass.

Fr Neil Kelley presided on the organ, and the sounding brass was provided by the fine talents of Matthew Hardy and Owen Bryce
(both well-known from their appearances at the St Faith's Summer Saturday series) on trumpets, ably supported by
Hannah Arora (trombone), Emily Allen (horn) and Malcolm Peach (tuba), students of the Guildhall School of Music in London.

After an entertaining first half of music old and new, champagne was served in the interval, in preparation for the
traditional offering of the second half. We sang 'Jerusalem', clapped along to a Fantasia on British Sea Songs, and finally
let rip on Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance No 1 - 'Land of Hope and Glory'.

The photographs tell the story of this very British evening. There were of course lots and lots of Union flags (waved or worn!),
a few Welsh dragons and even, to bring it nearer home, the emblems of the Friends of Real Lancashire!
It goes without saying that, as always on these very special evenigns, a Good Time was Had by All.

Words and pictures: Chris Price

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