Manx Last Night at the Proms

24/09/2012

Part 1 The Topless Proms
This year as part of the promotion of the Proms concert the Band decided to use the now very popular sightseeing bus provided by Duggy. (Mann Sightseeing Tours – www.mannsightseeingtours.com).

What a great day this turned out to be, the Band assembled at the bandroom at 1.30pm and then off we went doing a circuit of the south of the Island. We stopped first at Douglas railway station were we played a couple of proms numbers and then moved on to Castletown square where we had a small gathering of locals out to see what all the fuss was about. We then moved on to the Sound where again we played a few pieces and then played a couple more Proms favorites. Our bus driver and assistant wandered round with the bucket so we also made a small collection for Band funds on the way. After the Sound we moved on to Peel, we parked up on the promenade and again gained the public’s attention by playing a couple of numbers.

I think I can safely say everyone on the bus enjoyed themselves even though it was a bit chilly motoring down the Ballamoda topless !
Part 2 The Manx Last Night of the Proms
On 15th September 2012 the Band hosted the Manx Last Night at the Proms at the Gaiety Theatre. Present in the audience this year was the Mayor of Douglas, the Band’s President Sir Laurence New and Lady New, a number of invited guests and 500 or more followers and friends of the organisation.

It was a great pleasure to have our guest soloist Margaret Keys singing with the Band again after last year’s very successful concert with her and the Warrington Male Voice Choir.

The first half of the concert was as usual an enjoyable mix of more serious music both from the Band and from Margaret including an awe inspiring performance from our conductor dancing to the Madness hit “Baggy Trousers”. Nice sunglasses !

Margaret has a fantastic operatic voice and sang a number of beautiful songs, getting the audience to join in with her singing along to a medley of Irish tunes.

After a change of clothes into something a bit more suitable (especially Arnie’s hair piece) the second half opened up with “Radetsky March” and then continued with other traditional proms tunes including “Jerusalem” and “Rule Britannia”. The singing was lead by our special guest Margaret Keys.

It was an excellent night enjoyed by audience, Band and I think our soloist. Well done to the sub committee who put in so much time to ensure the night was a success. Especially Linda Quirk and her band of helpers who dished out the programmes & party poppers, helped with refreshments for our invited guests as well as the end of concert collection. Special thanks to Margaret and her accompanist Julian Power and to Ian for keeping it all together as our host.