Last Night of the Proms 2014
On Thursday 30th October, Shrewsbury International School was once again proud to stage its annual Last Night of the Proms concert. The sell-out event, generously supported by prestige sponsors British Airways and Bentley Motors, proved a magnificent centerpiece in the school’s busy musical calendar and a great advertisement for the depth of musical talent that is nurtured here at Shrewsbury.
Over five hundred guests, including specially invited friends from Bangkok’s international schools, embassies, Shrewsbury Governors and sponsors gathered in the School’s stunning riverside setting for an evening of outstanding musical entertainment.
After a fantastic buffet dinner, the audience was treated to an exciting and varied musical programme, this year inspired by the theme of ‘Love’. The concert featured a repertoire ranging from Bizet to Lloyd Webber, and included original scores to some of the biggest hits from stage and screen.
Shrewsbury’s Symphony Orchestra and Senior Choirs were again joined by friends from renowned UK Music ensemble, Ex Cathedra; part of their week-long visit to Shrewsbury, lending their expertise to Proms performers, as well as leading singing and percussion workshops throughout the Junior school.
Whilst the event is now a well-established feature of the international community calendar, Director of Music, Ken Haggarty ensured that there were plenty of musical surprises to keep this year’s audience entertained, the highlight for many being Shrewsbury’s very own adaptation of Psy’s global hit, Gangnam Style (dancing included!).
The traditionalists were not disappointed either, the concert culminating in classic fashion with Proms favourites, “Rule Britannia” and “Land of Hope and Glory”, accompanied by enthusiastic singing and waving of flags from the audience. The evening was capped with post-concert cocktails and fireworks, watched from the school grounds aside the mighty Chao Phraya River.
This was the first Proms event for Shrewsbury’s new Director of Choral Music, Ben Hur, and the standard of the vocal performances provided a true testament to the hard work he has put in with the school’s choirs since his arrival in August. Meanwhile, Mr. Haggarty shared conducting with counterpart John Moore, Director of Music from our sister school in the UK. However, it was Shrewsbury’s exceptional students to whom the night really belonged, delivering yet another evening of stunning musical quality.
A huge thank you to all of our guests, groups, soloists and ensembles, for making Shrewsbury’s Last Night of the Proms 2014 such a memorable evening.