Tuesday, 01 October 2013 11:49

Last Night of the Proms

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Tuesday 24th September saw the annual Last Night of The Proms concert organised by the Castletown Branch of the Royal British Legion take place in Castletown Methodist Church. The church had been decked out in legion banners, flags and bunting. This year as well as Castletown Metropolitan Silver Band taking part, we were joined by the Isle of Man Women’s Institute Choir, conducted by Don Roworth.

The concert started with the march the British Legion during which the branch standard was paraded into church followed by a brief introduction by the branch Chairman, Mr Jim Cottier.
Then it was on with the concert with the band starting off with the march, New Colonial, Lloyd Weber's Music of the Night and an audience favourite Kalinka.
The choir then did their first stint singing Lark in the Clear Air and the Skye Boat Song.
During the bands next session we played Henry Woods Fantasia on British Sea Songs. Among the famous pieces included in this work is the hornpipe, which got the audience to their feet, clapping and stamping. The audience enjoyed Hornpipe so much we had to play it again, and I’m sure it went a bit quicker the second time!
The choir then did their second stint which comprised of a number of Beatles songs - Penny Lane, Yesterday and When I'm 64.
The band and choir then joined together for the traditional Last Night of the Proms finale of Jerusalem and Pomp and Circumstance No 1. We also joined together in a performance of Ellan Vannin, arranged by Major J E Thirtle. This went down very well with the audience, as did all the other pieces they were encouraged to join in with.
We were all grateful to the church authorities who allowed the audience (and the band and choir) to set off party poppers and streamers, as well as flying flags and balloons.
If you weren't there you missed a great night. Let's look forward to next year.

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