Jubilee Proms, Sandringham
ALISON CROOSE The lawns of Sandringham House where the Queen entertained thousands of people a month ago was the setting for another Golden Jubilee celebration.
The lawns of Sandringham House where the Queen entertained thousands of people a month ago was the setting for another Golden Jubilee celebration on Sunday.
This time the scene was much less formal but no less enjoyable for thousands of picnicking promenaders who provided the gastronomic delights while the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra more than satisfied the musical appetite.
Against a backdrop of the royal retreat, the programme of popular classics, conducted by Roderick Dunk, was a fitting Jubilee tribute, enhanced by the beautiful voice of soprano Louise Cannon.
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A superb sound system ensured maximum enjoyment both of musicians and of soloist, especially in excerpts from Walton's Facade, Eric Coates's piece – Elizabeth of Glamis – and arias from Madame Butterfly and Faust.
The event was billed as the 'Last Night of the Jubilee Proms' and the flags were soon waving for the traditional proms favourites, including I Vow To Thee My Country, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.
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But even this feast was eclipsed by the spectacular firework finale accompanying the Pomp and Circumstance March.
The cheering, flag-waving audience was treated to an encore, and yet another to the familar strains of the Dam Busters March. It was a night to remember.