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Redditch Orchestra: Last Night of the Proms

Redditch Orchestra: Last Night of the Proms

To mark The Redditch Orchestra’s 70th anniversary, and as part of the Bromsgrove Festival, we are delighted to present A LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS concert for ALL the family. 


The first half of the concert is devoted to music with an ANIMAL flavour: Johann Strauss II’s overture to his ever popular opera “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) begins the concert. “CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS” is a humorous musical suite of fourteen movements by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saëns. Come with us to the jungle, the aquarium and the aviary to meet a lion, hens and roosters, tortoises, an elephant, kangaroos, donkey and several more. Our conductor James Thomas and his partner Lizzie Peacock will play piano duet in “The fossils” and our principal cellist, Olivia Goodborn, will play the glorious melody depicting “The Swan”.

Another Lion appears as we play a selection from Zimmer’s music for “The Lion King” film, and we “Walk the Dog” courtesy of George Gershwin’s composition arranged by our leader Graham Longfils. Michael Flanders’s and Donald Swann’s Songs, also arranged for this concert by Graham, include “The Hippopotamus” and “The Spider in the bath” with vocal soloist Adam Jones.

After the interval we’ll feature Harp and Flute as solo instruments when we play the first movement of Mozart’s Flute and Harp concerto with soloists Rachel Longfils-Bento and Lizzie Peacock. And then our Last Night of the Proms Favourites bring the concert to a climax with plenty of opportunities for the audience to join in the singing. Woods’ “Fantasia on British Sea Songs (Rule Britannia), Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 (Land of Hope and Glory) and Parry’s “Jerusalem”.

Conductor: James Lloyd Thomas

We’re delighted to welcome our new conductor to the Redditch Orchestra. James Lloyd Thomas studied at Trinity College of Music and London University; he holds Fellowships from the Royal College of Organists and Trinity London, as well as an MA in composition and performance. James maintains a busy schedule of recitals and

accompaniment, as well as freelance work as an examiner and conductor. He has a long-standing association with ‘Oundle for Organists’, and has also taught regularly for the Royal School of Church Music.

After a period working in Hong Kong James moved to New Zealand to become organist and Director of Music at Nelson Cathedral. James has now returned to the UK to the town where he was born, to take up the position of Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Stourbridge, where he is fully involved in the local community as a performer, teacher and conductor.


Leader and Arranger: Graham Longfils

Graham has been a member of Redditch Orchestra for 35 years - firstly during his years as a student at Redditch County High School and since returning to the area in 1986. Music plays a large part in Graham’s life; his father sang in male voice choirs and his mother was an excellent pianist. His uncle, Eric Shrimpton, was an exceptionally fine Hawaiian (and Spanish) guitarist, broadcasting weekly on the BBC in the 1930s and 40s.Graham studied with William Matthias and Sebastian Forbes at the University College, Bangor. Over the years Graham has been privileged to perform solo works and lead Worcester Philharmonic and Redditch Orchestras. He is also a member of Volante Strings for whom he has made several musical arrangements.



Sunday 30th June 2019 @ 7pm


£10 - over 60's

£3  - under 16



 Part of the Bromsgrove Festival


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