The Last Night of the Proms takes place at the Linder Auditorium from Friday, 20th to Saturday 21st of October. Don’t miss this premier, fun-filled classical event.
Sporting the theme of Around the World in 80 Minutes, this year’s Proms promises all the traditional fun and festivities, with a global twist. Under the baton of charismatic conductor Richard Cock, the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and the St Mary’s Choir join forces in a rollicking musical programme that will get toes a-tapping, mouths a-singing and put a broad smile on everyone’s face.
The Proms is known for its light-hearted and fun spirit, and this year is no exception. Promsgoers will be visiting Austria, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Scotland, Australia and a host of other countries through popular themed classics. All the usual Proms favourites will also be included – the Hallelujah Chorus, Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March and Jerusalem – and the Benoni MacTalla pipers will stir the soul.
Hundreds of balloons, streamers and enthusiastic audience participation are an essential ingredient to the evening, as are the many hundreds of flags that are exuberantly waved throughout the performance. The concert’s focus on popular tunes means that the music is recognisable and that virtually everyone can hum along,and they do. Another Proms feature is the inclusion of young musical talent. Young soprano Marion Roberts, whose glorious voice is turning heads around the country, will grace the stage at this year’s event.
Corporates are invited to book their tables for the elegant Proms Corporate Gala Banquet, to be held on Saturday, 21st of October. A more informal option for pre-Proms entertainment is the Proms Pub Evening on Friday, 20th of October. Open to both the public and corporates, this is a fun way to host clients and staff ; use it as an end-of-year function with a difference.
The Proms raises critical funds for LifeLine Johannesburg. LifeLine Johannesburg is a 24/7, volunteer organisation that offers telephonic and face-to-face counselling for victims of abuse and trauma, as well as those experiencing general emotional difficulty. LifeLine Johannesburg also offers personal growth and life skills training, and education on various topics including HIV/AIDS. A workplace programme is available and counselling courses are also offered to the community.
Ticket bookings are open at Computicket. Prices range from R220-R170 (concessions apply).