Last Night of the (1910) Proms

From the quaint country decorum of Wheatley Manor circa 1660 yesterday to the Albert Hall today, (masquerading as the Queen’s Hall in 1910 it’s true,) but doing a great job of bringing one of Henry Wood’s eclectic concert programmes to life. The Concert Orchestra was on song, and the L’Arlesienne suite was particularly well played as was the new commission “Dark Pastoral” with Stephen Isserlis making the cello’s upper range sing. Some prommers looked a bit confused by hearing Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No 4 instead of No 1 (no chance for Land of Hope and Glory there…) but it was worth it for the final G-major chord with the full organ almost drowning out the orchestra and using what must have been a 64 ft stop! Thanks to Roger Wright for a great afternoon!