The proms come to Twyford

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The Royal Albert Hall, the venue for the Proms. Photo: Istock

The Royal Albert Hall, the venue for the Proms. Photo: Istock

THERE will be plenty of pomp and circumstance in St. Mary’s Church, Twyford, on September 7 as villagers enjoy The Last Night of the Proms on a big screen in the church.This traditionally British night of celebration is being relayed live from The Royal Albert Hall, with the Twyford audience also being entertained by local performers during the first half of the evening. Doors open at 6.30 pm and the entertainment begins at 7.15 pm with a performance by Stage Fright, a drama based charity that runs imaginative workshops for young people.

Following this The Scoops, whose band members are all originally from Twyford, play a mixture of music from the 60s through to the present day.
Then mezzo-sopranos Felicity and Liberty Buckland, also from Twyford, will sing two themed pieces to end the first part of the evening.
In the second half of the evening, which is expected to end just after 10.30 pm, St. Mary’s will be filled with the music of The BBC Symphony Orchestra, The BBC Symphony Chorus and guest mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato conducted by Marin Alsop.

Paul Bromley, one of the evening’s organisers, explained “Inside the church Felicity and Liberty will be hosting the Proms on the big screen and encouraging the audience to sing, wave their flags and blow horns We intend to make the evening as much fun and as uplifting as the real thing. I am sure the Twyford audience will join in with gusto when we get to last-night favourites such as Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance and Elgar’s Jerusalem among many others.”

A posh ploughman’s supper, locally brewed beer from Bingham’s Twyford Brewery and Pimms will be available to buy.Any proceeds from the event will be put towards changing the church lighting to modern eco-friendly units which will use far less energy, give improved lighting levels and reduce the church’s carbon footprint.

Tickets are available at £5 each from Brightons newsagent in Twyford and St. Mary’s Church Office in Station Road. They are also available by contacting 0118 934 4792 or office@rustwychurch.org or 0118 934 0642. Tickets cost £6 on the door on the evening if not sold out by then.

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