Last Night of the Proms 2019

The bands' annual Last Night of the Proms was, again, another excellent night of music. Compered by Dean Heeley, and the band led by Bandmaster Catherine Wallis, we explored the music of the 60s.

In the first half, the programme started with the theme music of Thunderbirds. Jon Fearne brought to us a beautiful Tenor Horn solo arrangement of 'He Ain't Heavy, he's my brother'. Soloists Joshua Peaple on Flugal Horn and Kelvin Elliot on Bb Bass played 'Under the Boardwalk' with 'Palm'
accompaniment from the band.

The second half finished with a Beatles Medley called 'Brilliant Beatles'. Before the band played the congregation was shown an inspiring video of the work The Salvation Army does at the famous Strawberry Fields which provided inspiration for the Beatles song 'Strawberry Fields Forever'.

The second half brought us a piece by 3 excellent musicians. Soloist Sam Ellis on the Xylophone played 'Czardas' receiving the biggest cheer of the night. Sam was accompanied on the piano by Mel Ellis with Andrew Wicker page-turning.

The evening wouldn't be complete without the traditional 'Fantasy on British Sea Songs' and 'Pomp and Circumstance' with the usual participation from the congregation.

Also, for the second year running we also live-streamed the festival through our Facebook page. Compere Dean asked those watching about their memories of the 60s and quite a few stores were shared; many about members of the band much to their embarrassment!


First Half

  • Thunderbirds 
  • Lara's Theme from Dr Zhivago
  • Mary Poppins Selection 
  • At the sign of the swinging cymbal
  • Under the boardwalk 
  • (Soloists: Josh Peaple and Kelvin Elliott)
  • On Parade
  • He ain't heavy, he's my brother 
  • (Soloist: Jon Fearn) 
  • Brilliant Beatles

Second Half

  • 633 Squadron
  • I vow to thee, my country 
  • Czardas 
  • (Soloist: Sam Ellis) 
  • Radetsky March 
  • Fantasy on British Sea Songs
  • Jerusalem 
  • Pomp and Circumstance 
  • God Save The Queen

Below is a selection of pictures from the event courtesy of Dave Jessop.

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