Derbyshire Singers will be taking part in a Last Night of The Proms-style concert on Saturday, March 25, at Matlock’s Highfields School, starting at 7.30pm.
The concert will also feature the Thoresby Colliery Band and soloist Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo).
Both the band and soloist have excellent Albert Hall pedigree. Catherine was a memorable soloist at the ‘Last Night’ at the Albert Hall in 1995 and sang in Elgar’s The Kingdom at the First Night in 2014. She has performed with many of the great orchestras and conductors and, as those who went to the Derbyshire Singers’ Messiah in November will testify, brings operatic pizzazz to every performance.
The Thoresby Colliery Band is one of the country’s top brass bands, competing as Midlands Area champions in the National Championships at the Albert Hall in 2016.
The Proms are a truly international event, and the Last Night is no exception. Last year’s Albert Hall performance saw a Finnish conductor, music by French, Italian and Russian composers, a Peruvian soloist who performed Rule Britannia dressed as an Inca warrior, and the waving of a wide range of flags, from all parts of the UK, Europe and the world (the biggest was from Tibet).
This concert might not be quite so cosmopolitan but will include The Grand March from Verdi’s Aida (set in Ancient Egypt) – as well as a wide variety of musical items that you might not normally expect to hear at the Albert Hall, some of which will certainly get feet tapping!
However, it wouldn’t be the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ without some good old favourites and a bit of flag-waving, so amongst other classics there will be the Fantasia of British Sea Songs – with its famous chorus of Rule Britannia (written after a British naval victory to help a German prince make himself more popular with his British subjects-to-be) – and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No 1 (best known for Land of Hope and Glory).
Dress in red, white, blue – or whatever colours you choose. Listen to top-class performances by leading musical performers. Sing, wave a flag - there will be a range to choose from - and have a thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Tickets are £15/concessions £13/students and under 16s (if accompanied by a paying adult) free entry (with ticket). They are available from Robert Young Florists in Matlock, Natural Choice in Ashbourne on 01335 346096, or online via www.derbyshiresingers.org
Catherine Wyn-Rogers photo credit: Paul Foster-Williams