Last Night of the Proms, Alton’s prestigious annual open-air concert will take place in the Public Gardens on Saturday 8th July with gates opening at 6pm for 7.30pm start.
The theme for 2017 is ‘A Night at the Movies’ and will feature film theme tunes from modern-day movies such as James Bond, Superman Returns and Titanic, alongside cinema classics such as My Fair Lady and Fiddler on the Roof.
Alton Concert Orchestra Chairman, Chris Leggett, said “Our conductor, David Budd, has long wanted to include movie themes in the programme and it is fitting that in his last concert as our regular conductor, he has had his wish. Please give David a big send off as he hands the baton over to Chris Gardner, who is well-known to our LNOTP audience as composer as well as conductor.”
The evening will conclude with traditional favourites Rule Britannia, the National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne to encourage the crowd to sing along and wave their flags. The Alton Concert Orchestra will be conducted by David Budd and assistant conductor Chris Gardner. The choir for 2017 will be the Alton Choral Society, conducted by Wendy Busby, performing Sunrise, Sunset from Fiddler on the Roof.
This year we will be treated to not one but four soloist singers, with Jane Gray performing ‘I could have danced all night’ from My Fair Lady. Rebekah Abbott and Patricia Casement will be re-enacting the famous ‘Duettino Sull’aria’ duet, from act 3 of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's opera ‘The Marriage of Figaro.’ The now famous and much coveted role of the ‘Britannia’ soloist will be performed by Sam Kirk.
The event is organised by Alton Town Council in partnership with the Alton Concert Orchestra. We would like to thank our headline sponsor Specsavers Opticians Alton, for their generous donation towards staging this well-loved community event.
We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to the other local businesses such as Travelbag, The Chocolate Frog Company and Alton College to name a few who have kindly become Proms Patrons for 2017. Without the generosity of our supporters and the visitors who make donations on evening we would not be able to continue to offer this wonderful concert year on year without an admission charge.
Event programmes featuring biographies of lead performers will be available on the night together with Union Jack flags in exchange for a small donation on the night from the event information point located near the main entrance to the Public Gardens.
This certainly is an evening not to be missed, so bring your family and friends, picnic blankets, hampers and deck chairs to enjoy a spectacular evening of open-air musical entertainment.
With grateful thanks to our 2017 Proms Patrons...
Specsavers Alton - www.specsavers.co.uk/alton
Travelbag Alton - www.travelbag.co.uk/Find-A-Shop/Alton
Kemp and Stevens, Thorne Family Independent Funeral Directors - Tel. 01420 83177
Alton College - www.altoncollege.co.uk
First Exchange travel money - www.firstexchangeuk.com
Melody Care - www.melodycare.co.uk
Mill Cottage Farm Experience - www.mcfe.org.uk