A Night at the Proms
Saturday 21st November 2015 – 7pm
Lake Kawana Community Centre
Conducted by Adrian King
Soloists – George Cuffe [Vocal] and Sian Davis [Clarinet]
The Proms concert drew a large crowd this year. The orchestra was conducted once again by the inspiring Adrian King, and the orchestra certainly rose to the occasion with Aaron Copeland’s Fanfare for the Common Man and Hoe Down, followed by Corelli’s Allegro and Pastorale from the Christmas Concerto.
Next we were enthralled by the Carl Maria von Weber first movement of the Clarinet Concerto Opus 73 in F Minor and the Clarinet soloist Sian Davis.
The French composer, Charles-Francois Gounod’s Adagio and Allegretto from the Petit Symphony was played with great feeling as a dedication to the victims of the Paris terror attack.
To conclude the first half of the concert, the audience was treated to a superb rendition of Jean Sibelius’ Finlandia.
After a tasty supper, we returned to enjoy Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 5 and Sir Charles Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem. The much loved Des Hansen Prom medley of Rule Britannia, Sailor’s Hornpipe, Home Sweet Home, Waltzing Matilda and Auld Lang Syne gave us the opportunity to enjoy the golden tones of our vocal soloist, George Cuffe. While some visual support was provided by a small detachment of Australian Navy Cadets amongst the audience.
The evening concluded with Sir Edward Elgar’s Land of Hope and Glory, leaving a cheering and very happy audience.
This was the last performance with the orchestra of Chrissy Davis who has done a sterling job as concert master and will now spend more time with her family.
The end-of-year SCSO PROMS CONCERT at Lake Kawana is always a popular evening of the best of British music, traditional, classical and fun, with the orchestra rousing patrons to sing along with old favourites like Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Auld Lang Syne. Patrons bring their flags, streamers and whistles, let their hair down and recall the traditions of the “old country”.