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Last Night of the Proms at the Sydney Opera House

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Sing along with the best British music in Sydney
Last Night of the Proms, the famous annual musical celebration of British spirit and culture, returns to the Sydney Opera House for 3 shows, starting on Friday 18 March. The joyous atmosphere makes this a delightful introduction to the emotional highs of classical music. The talented Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be entertaining you on this flag-waving, sing-along adventure.

Last Night of the Proms in Sydney
Last Night of the Proms in Sydney (image by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra website)

The Proms, or Promenade Concerts, are an accessible season of orchestral music in London, begun in 1895 and continuing every year since. The concerts are always sold out, with thousands more people filling public spaces throughout Britain to experience the celebration on live big screens. A proud statement of the stoic and enduring British identity, the concerts continued despite the dangers of 2 World Wars as aerial bombing raids threatened the city. The Last Night is the final event in each season, featuring fan favourites and traditional anthems. The audience are encouraged to sing along.

At the event, you'll be lifted by the powerful tones of Land of Hope and Glory, virtually the national anthem for England, sung at sporting events to drive the spectators. Fantasia on British Sea Songs are the nautical ditties composed to celebrate the naval successes which protected Britain, especially the battle of Trafalgar. Rule, Britannia! Is a highlight, linked to the Churchillian, 'Never say die' spirit of the British and a virtual anthem for the UK. Even Australian republicans would be familiar with the songs, perhaps silently singing along as the music is so powerful. Jerusalem, a poem capturing the beauty of Britain, a landscape truly blessed, is one of the final songs. The night concludes with the British national anthem, God Save the Queen.

If you haven't experienced the Proms or you'd love a reminder, enjoy this video or watch this preview featuring an embarrassing impersonator.

Guy Noble
Guy Noble (image by the TSO website)

Usually performed in London only, the concert is specially brought to Sydney with the world-class talents of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The conductor is Guy Noble, specifically chosen for the relaxed atmosphere at this special event. He's renowned for rescuing new fans of classical music from the stuffy clichés which discourage younger music lovers. He's injected comedy into the art, retaining the beauty of the music while subtly imbuing it with contemporary verve. When he's not waving the baton, he's hosting a radio show and writing a magazine blog.

Greta Bradman
Greta Bradman (image by Greta Bradman website)

As we're in Australia, we've secured the talents of local soprano Greta Bradman, granddaughter of the Australian cricketer. Experience her delicate voice singing Pie Jesu in this video.

With at least 14 joyous melodies and an interval, the duration of the show isn't confirmed but you can expect at least 2 hours of entertainment, in 3 shows starting at 8pm of Friday, 2pm and 8pm on Saturday.
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Why? Classic British music to stir the heart
When: Start times - 2pm and 8pm
Phone: Box Office: 61 2 9250 7777
Where: Sydney Opera House
Cost: From $47 plus booking fee
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