Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms

A spectacular ‘Last Night of the Proms’

People were chattering. Glasses were clinking. The sound of marimbas welcoming the guests and Ms Ainsworth’s enthusiastic encouragement could be heard in the distance. The City Hall was illuminated to its full brilliance and balloons and streamers covered the ceiling. On the stage, the choir and orchestra waited expectantly. The air of excitement was unmistakable. Nothing, however, could have prepared anyone for what happened next.On 22 and 23 April, the Westerford Choir was invited to sing at The Rotary Club of Wynberg’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’. This concert is inspired by The Proms, an annual eight-week summer music festival in England, which consists of over 100 performances all over the country. It ends with the ‘Last Night of the Proms’; a massive “musical party” held in the Albert Hall in London. The Cape Town ‘Last Night of the Proms’ held on the weekend did not disappoint.

It was a truly incredible event, and nothing like anyone had ever experienced before. Both evenings were both fantastic, the music was enchanting and the spirit was overwhelming. The programme included celebrated pieces, such as Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, a Paul McCartney medley, Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’, and ending with the traditional ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. The whole concert was conducted by South Africa’s best conductor: the famous Richard Cock.  As the newbies soon found out, the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ truly was a “musical party”. The second half of the show involved the audience, choir and orchestra going absolutely crazy: with balloon races, streamers flying everywhere, proud flag-waving, wild whistling, funky hats and even a group of bagpipers. The whole thing was even broadcasted live on Fine Music Radio.It was the first time a High School Choir has been invited to sing, so well done to the choir for - once again - making Westerford proud. An even bigger congratulations must go to Mr Haig, Mr Daniell and Ms Ainsworth, for their amazing dedication and commitment in preparing the choir for this prestigious event. The beautiful music was all thanks to their unwavering hard work.

Thanks must also go to everyone who came and supported. All of the funds raised will be donated to charity. Last year, Wynberg Rotary was able to donate R150 000 to Volunteer Wildfire Services and R50 000 to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and this year they hope to donate more to the Child Line. If you are sad that you missed this fantastic event, go check out Mr Daniell’s YouTube channel ‘Charles Daniell’ for some of the highlights.

Rebecca Edmunds, Grade 12