Sun and sumptuous sounds meet in Proms at The Perse

Summer sun and sensational sounds provided a blissful backdrop to this year’s Proms at The Perse.

Around 300 Perse musicians played their part in creating an amazing atmosphere with performances across three venues – the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre auditorium and foyer and the Lecture Theatre.

There was something for everyone in the 600-strong sell-out audience, from Handel to Coldplay, as bands, ensembles, choirs and orchestras produced a whirlwind of marvellous music.

Perse Director of Music Ben Wingfield said: “The weather certainly helped and there was a lovely summer vibe which lent itself to the wonderful festival atmosphere.

“The audience was able to listen to lots of different styles of music, as well as enjoying street food and picnics in between.”

As a fun finale, the musicians and keen audience members joined together as the Perse Mighty Orchestra to play Offenbach’s Can-Can in Ellison Court.

Mr Wingfield said: “Jon Halton (music teacher) put together a special arrangement and we even had some impromptu choreography going on in the audience!

“In the last of the sun, it was the perfect way to cap off the event and a really tremendous year of music, which has been testament to the hard work of the pupils.”


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