Last Night of the Proms 2018

Save the date for Alton's popular annual open-air classical music concert

Saturday 14th July 2018
Gate open 6.00pm
Concert starts at 7.30pm
Public Garden Alton

Now in its 12th year, Last Night of the Proms, Alton’s prestigious annual open-air concert will take place in the Public Gardens on Saturday 14th July with gates opening at 6.00pm for 7.30pm start.


This year’s Proms will feature music inspired around the theme of ‘Fire and Water’.  On the watery side, the orchestra will be performing the overture to The Pirates of Penzance Opera and on the fiery side includes Stravinsky’s Danse Infernale from his music for Diaghilev’s ballet L’oiseau de feu (firebird), along with many others.


Alton Concert Orchestra Chairman, Chris Leggett, said Chris Gardner has now taken over the baton from David Budd and has crafted a very lively programme of music. He has brought us together with other performing groups in Alton to showcase the best in local talent and deliver what promises to be a very enjoyable concert. David Budd will be returning to conduct three numbers. let’s hope that the elements don’t contrive to join in with the ‘Fire and Water’ theme for the evening!”


The Alton Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Chris Gardner and David Budd. Alton Operatic and Dramatic Society and Luminosa will perform four songs from Frank Loesser’s hit musical, Guys and Dolls, with Soloists Christine Bothwell, Richard Seecks, Hannah Garcia and Mark Aston. The evening will conclude with traditional favourites Rule Britannia, The National Anthem and Auld Lang Syne, performed by Rebekah Abbott.


The event is organised by Alton Town Council in collaboration with the Alton Concert Orchestra and sound technician, Dave Tigg and is generously supported by sponsors and advertisers of the event.  Alton Town Council wishes to thank all for their continued support of this prized event with special thanks to Headline Sponsor, Specsavers Opticians Alton, for their generous donation towards staging this well-loved, free to attend, community event.


The event programme, featuring biographies of lead performers, and Union Jack Flags will be available on the night from the event information point which will be 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 and enjoy a spectacular evening of open-air musical entertainment.


Details on previous Proms can be found here.

Alton's Last night of the Proms is organised by Alton Concert Orchestra and Alton Town Council.

For more information on becoming a 'Prom Patron' please contact our Events and Community Officers by sending an email to