Proms in the Park Milton Keynes

Saturday 21st July 2007

On the 21st of July, I went with my Dad and a friend, to an outdoor Proms in the Park concert, in Campbell Park, Milton Keynes. It was a fantastic setting for an out door concert and picnic. The atmosphere was lovely and relaxed, everybody was determined to enjoy themselves whatever the weather was thinking of doing. We bought our own chairs and umbrellas and refreshments.

The concert included some famous tunes from composers like Elgar, Arne and Tchaikovsky, also there was a special guest appearance by G4, Jon, Ben, Mike and Matt who were originally X Factor winners in 2004, they sang some popular classical pieces, supported by The London Gala Orchestra with Stephen Bell conducting. They were very good, this evening was their penultimate performance together, before they split up to go their separate ways.

Juliette Pochin sang exquisitely, (she has appeared with Hayley Westenra for the charity Global Angels for whom she is an ambassador) She can be heard on the soundtracks of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

We listened to lots of pomp and Circumstance pieces of music. It was loud, and great fun Luckily, the weather there wasn’t as bad as we had been having the week before the concert, (thank goodness!) But it did rain quite heavily at the start. There were some classic pieces of music like The Bohemian Rhapsody, Nessun Dorma, The Hornpipe, Jerusalem, The Crown Imperial March and of course, Rule Britannia.

At the end, there was a massive laser light display which pierced the night sky with ultra bright beams and patterns of light. there were also lots of spectacular fireworks, also for the 1812 overture there were sixteen cannons each signifying and underlining the crushing defeat which we inflicted upon Napoleon's grand army.

The artillery used could have fired cannonballs each weighing 8 pounds at targets well over a mile away, though for the performance on this occasion they were firing pads of wadding made up of compressed grass. The sound effects and the acrid smell of the discharged gunpowder filled the air.

My 10 most favourite pieces of music of the evening

La Donna Mobile - Verdi Act III Sung by G4
Jupiter from the Planets - Gustav Holst
The Chorus of Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco - Verdi
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka - Johann Strauss II
Nessun Dorma from Turandot - Puccini
Crown Imperial March - Walton
Rule Britannia - Arne arr Sargent
Jerusalem - Parry
Bohemian Rhapsody -Freddie Mercury Queen
1812 Overture - Tchaikovsky






What Katy did
Echoes 3 Royal Albert Hall London
Classic FM Live Woburn Abbey

G4 performing on stage

The finale  with the laser light display, fireworks
and 16 canons firing during the 1812 overture.