Best of Bri­tish at Proms

Hamilton News - - FRONT PAGE -

Mil­lions of peo­ple are hooked on The Proms for good rea­son — fa­mous mu­sic, great per­form­ers and an at­mos­phere full of heart and bub­bling with fun.

Trust Waikato Sym­phony Orches­tra and Can­tando Choir present A Night at the Proms at the Hamil­ton Gar­dens Pavil­ion, the largest orches­tra and choir ever to per­form at the venue.

The Proms are a fa­mous Bri­tish tra­di­tion started in 1895 as a way to al­low com­mon­ers to at­tend con­certs.

Hamil­ton hasn’t seen a Proms since the clo­sure of Founders Theatre.

In French “se promener” means “to walk”, so the found­ing idea was that peo­ple could have stand­ing places at min­i­mal cost.

To­day, the Last Night of the Proms is the most cel­e­brated and ends a sum­mer series of con­certs.

Mil­lions around the globe watch it on tele­vi­sion. Peo­ple queue for hours for prime stand­ing room and add to the mag­i­cal at­mos­phere by dress­ing-up and wav­ing flags.

A Night at the Proms prom­ises all the fan­fare — and it won’t just be El­gar pro­vid­ing Pomp and Cir­cum­stance.

In­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed Anna Hawkins re­turns to warm hearts.

Char­ac­terised by her ex­pres­sive vo­cals and mov­ing in­ter­pre­ta­tions, the New Zealand songstress is well-known to Kiwi au­di­ences.

A reg­u­lar at fes­ti­vals and ma­jor events, she has toured the coun­try twice and recorded with world-class mu­si­cians, or­ches­tras and pro­duc­ers in Poland, Lon­don and Is­rael as well as New Zealand cre­at­ing three unique full-length al­bums.

Spe­cial guests — the Pearly Queen, and Ma­jor Blun­der and the Fifth Waikato Dra­goons — will sat­isfy the com­i­cal side of the Proms.

English-themed food trucks will be on site, and con­cert-go­ers are en­cour­aged to dress up, wear the colours and wave the flags.

With plenty of op­por­tu­nity to sing along to all the songs you love, the Hamil­ton Gar­dens will be burst­ing with spirit.

There are only 500 tick­ets avail­able for this spe­cial event.

It is ex­pected that the night will sell out so early book­ings are rec­om­mended.

■ A Night at the Proms, con­ducted by Ru­pert D’Cruze, has the one per­for­mance on Satur­day 17 Novem­ber at 7.30 pm.

Tick­et­ing is avail­able at www.can­tando.org.nz, and starts at $20. One child per adult ad­mit­ted free in B and C re­serve.

Photo / Sup­plied

New Zealand singer Anna Hawkins has recorded with world-class mu­si­cians, or­ches­tras and pro­duc­ers.

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