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First York Proms raises 10k for charity

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3:48pm 12th July 2017
(Updated 12:32am 13th July 2017)

Last Sunday York Museum Gardens played host to the city’s debut York Proms.

Bathed in glorious summer sunshine and surrounded by the ruins of St Mary’s Abbey, over 1800 people were treated to musical delights from classical, to film and musical theatre.

While guests entered, the acoustic Community Stage saw Lucy’s Pop Choir, The York Music Centre Concert Band, Prima Vocal ensemble and pianist Adam Parish entertain the early birds. The main show saw Daniel Koek and Natasha Marsh as headline tenor and soprano, performing songs including Summertime and Maria, from West Side Story.

York Proms Natasha Marsh – soprano

 

Rebecca Newman – who was originally booked as the headline but because she is expecting a baby soon took a slightly less demanding role – duetted with mezzo soprano Danielle Thomas with Pie Jesu and Barcarolle.

 

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The orchestra consisted of Yorkshire based brass band ensemble Austonley Brass, and top orchestral musicians The London Studio Players. They treated the audience to epic film pieces like Jurassic Park and Superman, Meditation from Thais, a suite from the opera Carmen and many more. The evening rounded off with the obligatory proms pieces, with flags waving and the audience dancing, followed by a fireworks display to end the evening.

The evening raised over £10,000 for the York Museum Trust and a collection on the gate for York Inspirational Kids raised £421.

 

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The local organiser, Jonathan Fewtrell, said

“We were really pleased with how the evening went and the audience were fantastic.

Not only were they enthusiastic with their flag waving, singing, and generally having fun, but there was hardly any litter to remove after the event and no damage to the gardens.

The first event went so well we expect to hold another York Proms next year and we have so many ideas to make it even bigger and better.

We will be sending out a survey to everyone who came to get feedback and ideas for 2018, even though we’ve been inundated with messages and comments from people saying how much they enjoyed it and how they want to come back next year.”

 

Tickets will go on sale in the autumn, with a pre-sale for 2017 ticket holders, but locals are encouraged to book early to avoid disappointment, as the first event sold out in advance, so it is expected to only go from strength to strength.

You can sign up to the newsletter at www.yorkproms.com to find out when tickets for the next even go on sale, and all the other news about next year’s line up.

Photos by Laura Toomer

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