Title: Audley End proms reloaded
grimfandango - August 2, 2010 09:01 PM (GMT)
It's been a couple of years since we've been to one of these so thought it was high time for a revisit. We realised it was the 4th time we've been :)
As ever it was a fantastic event, great atmosphere and excellent music. This year it featured Lesley Garrett as the female lead and Wynne Evans as the male lead.
Lesley certainly does have a mighty fine pair (of lungs!) :D
Also joining in were a choir called All men Aloud, I understand they won a BBC talent show but not being a fan of these things I have no idea which one. I was impressed by them, they did a version of rain on my parade which I found most entertaining and also a version of the Green Green grass of home which was rather different.
Lesley Garrett sung a good range of songs such as the impossible dream, Some enchanted evening, as well as some songs from Puccini's Carmen and something by Verdi which I recognized but do not know the name of.
Wynne sang Nessun Dorma and a few other songs which again I recognised but did not know the names of.
It all ended in the traditional way with fantasia on sea shanties then Rule Britannia and so on.
The whole thing was capped by a brilliant display from the plane known as the Grace Spitfire, it is piloted by Carolyn Grace the only female spitfire pilot in the world, and bless her heart she lives in Cambridgeshire :D She flew to the Dambusters theme then 633 squadron RAF march past.
grimfandango - August 2, 2010 09:09 PM (GMT)
Before the performance they do a sound check in their civvy clothes :D
All Men Aloud
Now in their work clothes!
Wynne Evans is standing next to Lesley along with half the choir
Just about everyone in this photo
Wynne singing Nessun Dorma
Eddy - August 2, 2010 11:06 PM (GMT)
Thanks for posting those fine photos. Pleased you had a good time.
All Men Aloud won a choir competition on the BBC a couple of years ago. I watched the series. The standard of all those took part was high, bit Men Aloud really stood out.
If I remember correctly Lesley Garrett was one of the judges on that programme.
KingArthur - August 2, 2010 11:17 PM (GMT)
Puccini's Carmen? Did he do a version as well as Bizet or are they totally different but with the same name?
grimfandango - August 3, 2010 08:26 PM (GMT)
No, it was a typing in a hurry mistake from me KA :blush: Of course it was Bizet, Puccni was Nessun Dorma *slaps self*
I rather liked the choir, they had lovely voices and a couple of them were quite tasty :D Lesley made a highly amusing blunder when she introduced them as only men alive :lol:
KingArthur - August 3, 2010 10:35 PM (GMT)
Thanks Grim. There are two different 'works' called Romeo + Juliet so I wasn't sure. Carmen is brilliant for the first act and a bit of the second then sadly it fades badly.