Proms in the Park a resounding success

Published Monday, 10 June 2024
A photograph of a line of people waving British flags and smiling. In the background are green trees and green grass

Hinckley's Hollycroft Park came alive with the sound of music when the popular Proms in the Park concert returned on Saturday night (8 June).

Crowds basked in the sunshine at the free open-air event organised by the Borough Council 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 Douglas Mitchell, the RBC Wind Orchestra performing a feast of well-known music including much-loved scores from films Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Dambusters.  Scottish Dances by Malcolm Arnold and music by Bernstein from Candide, with Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 and Walton’s Crown Imperial ensuring that the concert ended in true flag-waving style.

The orchestra was also joined by singer Samantha Oxborough, a graduate of The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and notably sang the National Anthem at the Commonwealth Games in 2022.

Local business Bond Street Distillery provided an outdoor bar for adult visitors and a range of other refreshments and ice-cream were available. 

Events organiser for the Borough Council, Cat Stilling, said:

“Proms has promptly followed our 50th anniversary family festival and it has been a delight to see everyone enjoying another fabulous evening of music.  Our thanks to Douglas Mitchell and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Wind Orchestra and Samantha Oxborough for a great evening and everyone involved in organising this event.  Everyone had a fabulous time, waving flags and enjoying the glorious sunshine and live music out in the beautiful setting of Hollycroft Park.”