A MUSICAL weekend at Castle Howard saw very mixed weather conditions.

Castle Howard Proms on Saturday saw a warm and dry evening for the annual classical music celebration, which included a Spitfire flypast, vocals of Wynne Evans and Sarah Fox and a laser and firework finale.

Abbigail Ollive, head of marketing at Castle Howard, said: “Saturday really was the quintessentially perfect summer evening for an al fresco concert – mild enough not to need a coat, dry and still – and the audience showed their appreciation with regular flag-waving and an incredibly warm welcome for all our performers.

“We’re incredibly grateful to our soloists, Wynne Evans and Sarah Fox, who were both in superb voice, with rousing music provided by the London Gala Orchestra, under the baton of Stephen Bell.”

On Sunday evening, the orchestral music gave way to pop for a concert by Boyzone frontman, Ronan Keating, supported by singer-songwriter Katie Kittermaster and Birmingham band Miccoli.

The sun shone on Katie for her set, but as Ronan took to the stage a large thunderstorm just after 9pm led to the show being cut short after 45 minutes.

A spokesman for Castle Howard said: “We, Ronan and the concert promoters were disappointed that we were not able to finish the performance, but in light of the weather, and the danger posed by an electrical storm above a largely metal stage, safety for the performers, audience and staff had to take priority. We’re very grateful for the co-operation and understanding of everyone.”