Flags, picnics and brollies at Castle Howard Proms

An unusual outfit catches the attention of people attending the annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard.

A patriotic dresser at the annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard.

A young man wearing a snappy outfit at the annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard.

The annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard.

Flags wave as the orchestra play during the annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard.

Talented musicians entertain the crowds at the annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard.

Jae Alexander leads the annual Proms Spectacular at Castle Howard. pic: Anthony Chappel-Ross (9386170)

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MUSIC lovers got patriotic as they donned union jack hats, jackets and even onesies for the Castle Howard’s Proms Spectacular.

In true British fashion the weather looked uncertain but despite having umbrellas at the ready, the 8,000 spectators remained dry as they enjoyed an evening of live entertainment and music.

Saturday’s picnic style concert saw guests set up some elaborate buffets, with some guests even bringing their own traditional English candlesticks, as they settled down to watch acts including the world renowned English National Orchestra.

Before the Orchestra took to the stage though, with Jae Alexander at the helm, there was a pre-concert performance from Gary Williams who performed his own tribute to singers including Nat ‘King’ Cole, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

Katie Pryor, events manager at Castle Howard said that it was great to see so many patriotic outfits and that once again it had been a fantastic event.

She said: “It was a really great night and there were some fantastic outfits including several Captain Biggles.

“Luckily the rain held off and everyone was in high spirits even if it was a little bit cold. We had the usual rousing finale which saw everyone up and on their feet dancing.”

Soloists Wynne Evans and Janet Mooney also took to the stage throughout the concert and guests, some of who donned their own traditional bomber jackets and goggles, were treated to an aerobatic display by an original World War II Spitfire.

The evening ended on a high note with flags flying high for the finale of favourites from the Last Night of the Proms as the sky was lit up with a spectacular fireworks display.

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6:21pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Barbourborder says...

I don't think I can have been to the same 2014 proms as your reporter.
There was NO spitfire. It failed to turn up. After it was announced that it wouldn't be coming the evening never really got off the ground.
We have been to the previous two proms and this was by far the most disappointing especially with it being the hundredth anniversary of the start of the first world war. Don't think we will be going next year.
I don't think I can have been to the same 2014 proms as your reporter. There was NO spitfire. It failed to turn up. After it was announced that it wouldn't be coming the evening never really got off the ground. We have been to the previous two proms and this was by far the most disappointing especially with it being the hundredth anniversary of the start of the first world war. Don't think we will be going next year. Barbourborder
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11:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

twotonethomas says...

Barbourborder wrote:
I don't think I can have been to the same 2014 proms as your reporter.
There was NO spitfire. It failed to turn up. After it was announced that it wouldn't be coming the evening never really got off the ground.
We have been to the previous two proms and this was by far the most disappointing especially with it being the hundredth anniversary of the start of the first world war. Don't think we will be going next year.
It's the Gazette, you'll soon learn that the hype is more important than the truth.
[quote][p][bold]Barbourborder[/bold] wrote: I don't think I can have been to the same 2014 proms as your reporter. There was NO spitfire. It failed to turn up. After it was announced that it wouldn't be coming the evening never really got off the ground. We have been to the previous two proms and this was by far the most disappointing especially with it being the hundredth anniversary of the start of the first world war. Don't think we will be going next year.[/p][/quote]It's the Gazette, you'll soon learn that the hype is more important than the truth. twotonethomas
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3:25pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Will Full says...

I was at a different concert too.

We were entertained by 'Celeste' as part of the pre-concert show, as well as Gary Williams. But the 'Wynne Evans' who - according to the Gazette - sang later, wasn't there, just like the Spitfire. He was ill and his place was taken by someone else.

Maybe there wasn't a reporter there at all, but someone who just read the Castle Howard press release instead - BEFORE the show.
I was at a different concert too. We were entertained by 'Celeste' as part of the pre-concert show, as well as Gary Williams. But the 'Wynne Evans' who - according to the Gazette - sang later, wasn't there, just like the Spitfire. He was ill and his place was taken by someone else. Maybe there wasn't a reporter there at all, but someone who just read the Castle Howard press release instead - BEFORE the show. Will Full
  • Score: 1

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