Royal flavour to park's proms

THE world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be bringing the magic of The Very Best of The Last Night of the Proms to Christchurch Park, Ipswich, this summer.

Wayne Savage

THE world-renowned Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be bringing the magic of The Very Best of The Last Night of the Proms to Christchurch Park, Ipswich, this summer.

With a massive firework finale, the event will feature some of the most popular Proms classics including Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem, Nessun Dorma, Rule Britannia, Sailor's Hornpipe, Tor�ador's Song, 1812 Overture, Nimrod and many more.

The orchestra have an established relationship with Suffolk, most recently at their sell-out performance of the Regent Theatre's 80th anniversary gala concert with Lesley Garrett last November.


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Ian Maclay, the RPO's managing director, said: “We are delighted to be involved in Ipswich's Proms in the Park in July.

“We already enjoy links with the area through our successful residency at the Regent Theatre and we look forward to performing on a fine summer's day at Christchurch Park.

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“I am sure the event will be hugely popular and that we will be able to bring the joy of live orchestral music to as many people as possible.”

Gates for the event - on Saturday, July 10 - will open at 4.30pm to give people enough time to enjoy their picnics before the concert starts at 7.45pm. It will finish with fireworks at around 10pm.

Tickets are available from today and cost �19.50 per person, with a limited number of seated tickets at �30 per person (booking fees apply).

For parties booking ten or more tickets there is a ten per cent group booking discount and there are corporate hospitality packages available.

They can be brought from the Ipswich Regent Theatre via 01473 433100 or www.ipswichregent.com, Ticketmaster via 0844 844 0 444 or www.ticketmaster.co.uk and See Tickets via 0870 264 3333 or www.seetickets.com

If there are any left they will increase in price from June 1, rising to �24.50 per person for general admission and �40 per person for seated tickets.

Promoter David Mansfield said: “Combining the fantastic musicianship of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the beautiful setting of Christchurch Park, a programme of popular Proms music and a breathtaking fireworks finale is set to produce the musical event of the summer.”

The event will be one of the highlights of this year's award winning Ip-art festival which will be launched in May 2010 and runs from June 26 to July 11.

Councillor Judy Terry - arts, culture and leisure portfolio-holder for Ipswich Borough Council - said: “This is going to be a brilliant concert. The park is an ideal place for people to hear one of the best orchestras in the world.

“It will have a real festival and picnic atmosphere and I am sure will be very popular.”

Additional information about the event is available at www.suffolkproms.com

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