The annual “Last Night of the Proms” open-air concert took place last Thursday. Musical Director Paul Dalton put together a programme to pay tribute to the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year. The Gordon Jacob Fanfare and National Anthem written for the Coronation opened the concert followed by a medley of military marches to celebrate the contribution of the three armed services. A sequence of idiomatic pieces from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland celebrated their contribution to the United Kingdom. The first half closed with a look back to the 1940s and 1950s with Darrol Barry’s Keep Smiling Through, and Sandy Smith’s Light Programme Classics.
The second half of the concert was full-on Pomp and Circumstance flag-waving patriotism, all the more enjoyable after the brilliant London 2012 Olympics.