Review: Last Night Of The Welsh Proms
The final evening of the Welsh Proms went out with a bang. A whirlwind tour of orchestral delights made for a stellar way to bid farewell for another year. We had the famous Blue Danube by Johan Strauss II, Proms favourite Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 by Elgar and others. Highlights were from Russia with Khachaturian’s Gallop and Shostakovich’s Tahiti Trot.
The former a curvaceous work with brilliant woodwind and plenty of fun in it. The latter a more famous transcription of the song Tea for Two. Shostakovich is said to have listened to the song and then locked away in a room, write down the whole work from memory, he did so with flying colours. A CD of his light music has made me want to throw it out the window, but this work its only saving grace.
Conductor Owain Arwel Hughes delivered great music out of his players. His speeches were also an added bonus. He mentioned Diana, Princess of Wales and the founding together of a local charities for children with disabilities. He urged us to make a donation and for once in my life, I actually did. All thanks to his rousing words.
He had use in tears of laughter also, guiding us through the Welsh of Gareth Wood’s Songs of Wales. I had my flags and other items to celebrate the evening, as should be done on the night.
I certainly won’t forget the prommers (those who stood for the concerts at the very front of the stage) from this year. Hitchcock look alike, rock and roller and of course drunken man in suit who swayed during the music and clapped after every movement.
Hope to see them all again next year!