ASHBOURNE Rotary Club has helped audiences get into the patriotic spirit of things, at its Last Night of the Proms event.
Held on Saturday in St John’s Church, Ashbourne Town Band were among a raft of guest performers, which also included Linda Perry-Smith from Young Ashbourne Singers.
Audience members, who had filled the seats at the Buxton Road Church, were encouraged to participate by waving flags and singing along to some of the best-known songs.
Rotarian Tony Hubbard explained: “After the Ashbourne Town Band got the audience in the mood with a rousing rendition of ‘Crown Imperial’, Sue Edwards took them on another journey with a soulful performance of ‘Gabriel’s Oboe’
“Linda Perry Smith gave a brilliant solo performance of ‘Summertime’, accompanied by Heather Gordon-Redfern on Clarinet, but her interpretation of ‘You’ll never Walk Alone’ was pure joy speckled with tears.
“Heather Gordan-Redfern charged the atmosphere with a spine tingling version of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’, with Steve Duckworth matching her performance with gusto on the piano. The audience loved it.
“That should have been enough – but then came Sian Venables and Emily Redlaff, joint winners of Rotary Young Musician (Vocal Section). The audience were riveted by their perfect harmony in ‘I Know Him So Well’ (Chess) and ‘What is this Feeling’ (Wicked).
“Josh Short, the ‘Young Musician’ overall winner, showed his super talent, playing the piano solo ‘Laura’.
“Audience participation was terrific throughout the evening, with enthusiastic flag waving and singing to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’.”
During the evening the club’s president, Rob Board, presented a cheque for £700 from the evening’s proceeds to charity walker Hazel Waddington, on behalf of the armed forces charity the Soldiers’, Sailors’ and Airmen’s Families Association (SSAFA).