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Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra performs at Rochester Castle Proms to close Castle Concerts series

By Lynn Cox

Rochester Castle was awash with patriotism last night as the Castle Concerts series came to a close with The Proms gig.

Flag-loving music fans got a real treat as the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra took to the stage. 

Conductor, Michael Reed, had a live go-pro feed from his stand to the audience who were then able to see him conducting on either of the big screens at either side of the the stage. 

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra wowed the crowds. Picture Steve Crispe

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra wowed the crowds. Picture: Steve Crispe

The orchestra was joined by the Hertfordshire Chorus who were on stage throughout the night to the delight of the crowd.

Graffiti Classics warmed up the audience before soprano Laura Wright joined tenor Jonathan Antoine who performed some rather well known classics, including The Great Escape theme tune, Bring Him Home by Schoenberg, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem, Pomp and Circumstance and more. 

Rochester Castle Proms was the last of the Castle Concerts. Picture Steve Crispe

Rochester Castle Proms was the last of the Castle Concerts. Picture: Steve Crispe

People went to a lot of effort with their picnics, bringing table cloths and fairy lights and of course, lots of Union Jack flags.

There were a lot ‘Fantoines’ in the front row - Jonathan Antoine fans. 

Graffiti Classics warmed up the audience. Picture Steve Crispe

Graffiti Classics warmed up the audience. Picture: Steve Crispe

There were even quite a few who had seen him perform in Blackpool the night before (Friday) and followed him down to Rochester to see him again.

One fan drove up from Cornwall to see him perform.

Lorraine and Kevin Hind with her dad, 89-year-old Ken Godfrey. Picture Steve Crispe

Lorraine and Kevin Hind with her dad, 89-year-old Ken Godfrey. Picture: Steve Crispe

A new feature for this year was two big cannons shooting pyrotechnics at the end of first half, one black and one gold.

These were a real treat either side of the stage next to the dancing water fountains.

All in all, the crowd had a really good evening and everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the amazing fireworks for the last three numbers.

The Rochester Castle Proms was the last in the Castle Concerts series following two sell-out shows by Craig David, one by Wet Wet Wet and a Magic of Motown performance. 

See more photos from the Castle Proms in Thursday's Medway Messenger and pictures from the other Castle Concerts in tomorrow's (Monday) edition. 

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