September 30, 2011
There are few things more typically British than the Last Night of the Proms, those few things include Bulldogs, Spitfires, embarrassment over something being 'too British', missing penalties and arguing as to whether something is really British or not. The celebrated climax of the BBC's summer season of orchestral concerts has long been one of the most iconic events in the Classical Music Calendar and even the dialling down of the concert's nationalistic tendencies between 2002 - 2007 couldn't dampen the shameless flag-wavery of the evening.
For the 60th Birthday at the Royal Automobile Club, we provided a dazzling version of the Last Night of the Proms in miniature, using our brilliant choir 'Corporate Voices' with (soloist Kylie Watt) to recreate the climactic 'Land of Hope and Glory' whilst guests gleefully waved their Union Jacks (which were also provided by Sternberg Clarke) The Birthday Boy and many of the guests were Dutch and had specifically requested entertainment with a uniquely British feel in keeping with the grand, luxurious interior of the Royal Automobile Club.
Elsewhere in the event, our fanfare trumpeters Seraphim Trumpets got the evening off to a rousing start, performing in vibrant red costumes as guests came into the event. Not to be outdone on the costume front, our Military Marching Band The Scots Guard marched into the Royal Automobile Club dressed head to toe in authentic grenadier guard uniforms complete with Bearskin Hats. This is a real thrill for overseas guests who particularly enjoy all of the pageantry of British traditions such as the changing of the guard.
But grand as all of these traditions are, you can't really dance to Parry's Jerusalem can you? With that in mind we supplied an act with a slightly more contemporary repertoire to play into the night. Seasoned function band Carte Blanche were the perfect change of pace with their vast back catalogue of Swing, Rat Pack, Soul and Pop. Playing with a full band and horn section, the group played a high energy set that kept guests on the dance floor until the lights came up.
Take a look below for some more pictures from the event.
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