Pomp of Proms heads our way

By Nathan Crombie

The Carterton Events Centre will take on shades of the Albert Hall when the Hutt Valley Orchestra brings Last Night of the Proms to the Wairarapa venue next month.

The grand event is set down for December 2 as a Kiwi tribute to the Land of Hope and Glory and will feature a blend of serious and light-hearted pieces by the orchestra, which will be joined onstage by Wellington-based soprano soloist Megan Corby.

The musical fare for the first half of the event will include Sibelius' Karelia Suite, In the Hall of the Mountain King from Grieg's Peer Gynt, and Over the Hills and Far Away by Delius.

In the second half conductor Brent Stewart introduces some traditional Proms favourites including Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Jerusalem, and Pomp and Circumstance March No1.

Ms Corby will sing numbers including Rusalka's Song to the Moon by Dvorak, and also will lead the audience in Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Audience participation is expected and lyrics will be provided.

Last Night of the Proms starts at 3pm and includes an interval during which tea and cakes will be served. Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students and are available from the Carterton Events Centre, from Masterton and Martinborough I-Sites, and online from www.dashtickets.co.nz.

- Wairarapa Times-Age

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