'The Last Night of the Proms'
Saturday 20th September, 2008
again St Mary's Church resounded to the sounds of rousing music as the
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
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
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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