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Proms in the Park a resounding success

Published Monday, 12 June 2023
Photograph of a group of smiling people, who are holding a large British flag and waving smaller paper British flags.

Hinckley's Hollycroft Park came alive with the sound of music when the popular Proms in the Park concert returned on Saturday night (10 June).

Crowds basked in the sunshine at the free open-air event organised by the Borough Council and the Hinckley Round Table which featured performances from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire’s (RBC) Wind Orchestra, an ensemble comprising more than 50 talented young musicians.

Under the baton of acclaimed conductor David Gordon-Shute, the RBC Wind Orchestra performing a feast of well-known music including much-loved scores from films Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lord of the Rings and Saving Private Ryan; an arrangement specially for wind band of Peter Graham’s epic Metropolis 1927; and some British favourites by William Walton, Malcolm Arnold and Henry Wood – with Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 ensuring that the concert ended in true flag-waving style.

Local business Bond Street Distillery provided an outdoor bar for adult visitors and a range of other refreshments, and ice-cream were available, and Hinckley Round Table held a raffle, with proceeds going to local good causes.

Council Leader, Stuart Bray, said:

“This year’s Proms in the Park came swiftly after the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III and was another great opportunity to celebrate this momentous occasion in the country’s history. We welcomed David Gordon-Shute and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra and truly enjoyed a great evening. Everyone had a fabulous time, waving flags and enjoying the glorious sunshine and live music out in the beautiful setting of Hollycroft Park.  It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces.  My thanks to everyone involved in organising this event, to the performers, to the Friends of Hollycroft Park and to everyone who came along on Saturday night.”