Published: 13:00, 16 July 2017
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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