What an an idyliic setting for our enthusiastic audience to enjoy a most memorable and varied concert. The occasion was enhanced when we were joined by the excellent soprano voice of Margaret Threadgold, and the thrilling Trafalgar Drummers (based in HMS Nelson) all resplendent in their 18th century uniforms, all of which added that essential touch of drama to the evening.
Music ranged from marches. musicals and hits from the movies. Director of Music Dave Cole included a tribute to the music made famous by the composer and sadly, recently departed, Marvin Hamlisch (Just 68) appropriately entitled "The Marvin Hamlisch Showcase." The programme also included a few 'singalongs' too, notably the hits of Abba, that everyone seemed to enjoy! Margaret sang the theme song used for the 1991 Rugby World Cup entitled "The World in Union" (the original melody being that of "Jupiter" from Holst's famous Planet Suite). In addition, the band accompanied her to those memorable songs from "Phantom of the Opera" and the beautiful "Anthem" from the show "Chess" - all of which were roundly applauded. What a supeb voice this lady has and let's hope that she can join us again for one of our other concerts.
Following a quite stunning performance of drumming by the Trafalgar Drummers and the traditional Sunset ceremony, that included the lowering of the White Ensign by former RM Alan Clarke, the Finale took on a "Last Night at the Proms" theme. This culminated in all of the favourites sung by Margaret - draped in her Union Flag dress to add to the atmosphere! Her "Rule Britannia", "Jerusalem" and Elgar's "Land of Hope & Glory" had everyone singing and on their feet to round off a perfect evening. it was so nice for us to see them go home with a smile on their face!
Interesting too that several members of the Russian anti-submarine destroyer, RFS Vice Admiral Kulakov were in attendance too. The ship was berthed nearby and all of them appeared to really enjoy the occasion - even when Rule Britannia was played !