Last night of the Chatburn Proms

Last Night of the Proms at Chatburn
Last Night of the Proms at Chatburn

people and patriotic fervour filled Chatburn Christ Church when the world famous Besses o’th’ Barn Band performed at The Last Night of the Chatburn Proms.

Attended by The Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Ian Sayers and Mrs Jean Hayes, this was the latest in a string of successful musical evenings organised at the village church.

From the left, Alan Wycherley, Besses Music Director, The Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Ian Sayers and Mrs Jean Hayes, Canon Rodney Nicholson, Organiser Clive Greenwood, Treasurer Howard Douglas and Ian Willock from East Lancashire Hospice.

From the left, Alan Wycherley, Besses Music Director, The Ribble Valley Mayor and Mayoress Councillor Ian Sayers and Mrs Jean Hayes, Canon Rodney Nicholson, Organiser Clive Greenwood, Treasurer Howard Douglas and Ian Willock from East Lancashire Hospice.

The programme covered typical brass band repertoire alongside music from opera and the movies, plus all the prom favourites that brought enthusiastic singing and flag waving from a great audience. The band played to the expected high standard with some superb solos.

Various pieces were accompanied by video showing events of this memorable British year across the UK, including Chatburn’s own Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Images, both national and localm from the past 60 years brought a warm response from the audience. The evening also raised £400 for East Lancashire Hospice.

Churchwarden Ena Douglas commented: “These Music Events are a fine example of the Christian ethos of the church as the centre of the community bringing people together. In addition, they create the benefit of raising money both for worthy charities and for the upkeep and continuation of the church.”

The Chatburn Music Events at Christ Church have now been running for two years, during which time they have become established as one of the centres for live music in the area, with professional presentation and performances by national and leading regional artists. Event Organiser Clive Greenwood said: “We are grateful for the overwhelming support to these music events, and I am pleased to confirm that future events are being planned in response to demand.

“They will continue to include high quality performances and entertainment values across a wide range of music styles accompamied by the unique presentation of video. The key objective of bringing unity within the community through music will remain.

“The next event will be our third Christmas Concert, on December 7th, when a selection of popular regional vocalists plus a choir will perform seasonal favourites in the candlelit church raising a donation to The Church Army.”

Details of future Music Events at Christ Church Chatburn will be published in this newspaper.