The iconic Last Night of the Proms takes place on September 7th and though the Royal Albert Hall will be packed to the rafters with people decked out in the red, white and blue of the Union Flag, there is more to the last night than simply being a part of that enthusiastic audience. A vast outdoor broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall is shown in London’s beautiful Hyde Park for the partygoers at Proms in the Park. Hosted by a range of celebrities including Terry Wogan and Dame Edna Everage, the event is more than simply watching a few screens relating the events from the Royal Albert Hall. Proms in the Park is a very special evening in itself. Some of the world’s greatest musicians will be gracing the stage to give live performances to an audience of thousands, along with one or two legends from the world of popular music. It truly is a night unlike any other, especially when the two events combine for the finale and a rousing rendition of Jerusalem.
This year the audience at Proms in the Park will enjoy the incredible violin playing of Nigel Kennedy, and be swept away by the wonderful voice of tenor Joseph Calleia. Dame Edna Everage will be there to ensure that the evening remains light hearted and fun, and the stage will be graced by a very special guest star in the form of Bryan Ferry. The famous BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe will be providing most of the music, with the addition of the harmonic voices of the Royal Choral Society. World class dancers, recognisable from the BBC show Strictly Come Dancing; Anton Du Beke and his dance partner Erin Boag will be gracing the stage and performing to several musical pieces. The stage will also see the cast from the West End Musical ‘Let it Be’ performing a number or two from the show. Tying everything together will be the Irish wit and charm of BBC favourite Terry Wogan. To warm things up in the early evening, presenter Tony Blackburn will be introducing the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Blue, along with Craig Charles and the Fantasy Funk Band.
Join the Party
Proms in the Park has an incredible party atmosphere that is unlike any other event that takes place in the city. The gates open at 3.30pm with the show set to begin at 5.15pm. Tickets for the event are priced at £35.00 with children under three years of age granted free admittance. Guests are requested not to bring glass bottles or drinking glasses to the event, along with barbeques in order to maintain health and safety standards. Drinks are allowed with a 1 litre allowance per adult. Guests can opt for a VIP Proms in the Park experience by booking a table in the VIP restaurant which overlooks the performance arena, with terraces that offer views across the event stage. Picnic hampers are also available to pre-order filled with a two course dining experience for two, along with a bottle of wine.