The 17th staging of Guernsey’s Proms will take place on Saturday 10 September 2022, coinciding with the last night of the BBC Proms series which will be broadcast live on the big screen from the Albert Hall.
“Moving the event to the KGV a couple of years ago has enabled us to extend Proms into the afternoon and we’ve got a new element for 2022 which is something I’ve wanted to do with the event for years. The Mini Big Band Collective will perform an hour long ‘Family Prom’ with well-known songs from musicals and shows. We’d love to see the children come along dressed up and listen out and sing along to the songs from their favourite films” said event organiser Natalie Davidson.
The well-established evening concert will feature an evening of singing with the Guernsey Welsh Male Voice Choir and Bel Canto. These long standing choirs have been entertaining audiences in Guernsey and further afield for the best part of 20 years.
The Guernsey Male Voice choir conducted by Fiona Le Tissier is made up of Welsh and non-Welsh singers and alongside the traditional Welsh repertoire performs a varied mix of choral classics to the modern day. The all-female voices of Bel Canto conducted by Christine Anthony will provide an excellent contrast. A large proportion of the choir have been singing with Christine for many years, starting as students of the Guernsey Music Service when she formed the Guernsey Girls and Guernsey Youth Choirs.
Proms on the Wicket will remain free to attend thanks to the support of principal sponsor Aspida Advisory Services, gold sponsor Guernsey Arts and supporters Guernsey Press, Specsavers and Utmost Worldwide.
“Aspida sponsored Proms on the Wicket for the first time in 2021 and there was no question we would not continue our support this year. We are excited to see the addition of the performance in the afternoon which will give parents and carers the opportunity to enjoy live music with their children and appreciate the wonderful musical talent we have in Guernsey. With that, the two local choirs performing in the evening concert and the singing and flag waving of the Last Night of the Proms there is something for everyone to enjoy.” said Wayne Bulpitt, Joint Chair, Aspida.
The commitment from the sponsors will allow the event to remain free to attend. Organisers hope donations to help cover the costs to stage the event will be made on the gate in exchange for an all-important union jack flag.