Proms in the Park hailed as best ever

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More than 3,000 people gathered under the setting sun in Campbell Park on Friday evening for the Milton Keynes City Orchestra and The Parks Trust Proms in the Park.

The 2013 Milton Keynes Proms has been hailed as the best ever after more than 2,000 people pre-booked tickets for the open-air concert – a record number of people which swelled even further when the sun came out and people flocked to the park.

Marian Livingstone, chairman of the Milton Keynes City Orchestra, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the level of support this concert has received and the countless positive messages afterwards.

“Campbell Park is a splendid venue for classical music and the Orchestra performed superbly, with flawless brilliance under the baton of our founder conductor Hilary Davan Wetton.”

Soprano Emily Haig stunned the crowd with her powerful and beautiful voice, while local choir Polymnia gave amazing performances.

The crowd rose to the occasion, singing and flag waving, and revelling in the patriotic mood of the concert favourites, proving to be the Dambusters March, Jerusalem and a remarkably uplifting performance of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No.1 to the backdrop of a 15 minute fireworks display.

David Foster, chief executive at The Parks Trust, said: “This concert was a triumph for our partnership with City Orchestra and it was great to see so many people enjoying the fine weather and great music in MK’s largest and very beautiful park.”