Last Night of the Proms?
Saturday 24th September 2016, and brethren in Area 4 welcomed all to the “Last night of the Proms” at Penistone Paramount Theatre . A capacity audience of around 350 enjoyed being entertained by Penistone area musical talent comprising Thurlstone Brass Band, Penistone Ladies Choir and Millhouse Green Male Voice Choir. Principal guests were the RW Provincial Grand Master, the Deputy Mayor of Barnsley and the Town Mayor of Penistone accompanied by their ladies. The feast of musical entertainment included a number of items where the audience were invited to join in, and being an event where Last night of the Proms favourites were to be included, plenty of red, white and blue was in evidence.
The aim of this Grand Charity Concert was to raise funds to be shared equally between the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the RMBI Festival 2017. The event had been sponsored by a number of Lodges in Area 4 and some from Area 5 of the Province, with Barnsley and Penistone Masonic Association brethren acting as stewards. Souvenir programmes, waving flags and raffle tickets were on sale, and there was a buzz in the Paramount theatre from the minute the doors were opened. W Bro Michael Ross of Friendly Lodge 1513, and secretary of BPMA, welcomed everyone and acted as Master of Ceremonies The band and choirs all joined together to get the Concert off to a flying start with the audience joining in for “All people that on Earth do dwell” to the well-known “Old Hundredth” tune. Each musical group then delighted the audience with their brilliant selections of their own showpiece items, which met with great acclaim.
The finale brought all the musicians together for the Last Night of the Proms selections together with great audience participation. Everyone put in their heart and soul – as well as voices – to end what had been a memorable and enjoyable event for all. The proceedings closed with presentations of bouquets for the lady conductors and accompanist, whilst the band conductor and male voice choir accompanist were presented with suitable bottled gifts. W Bro Michael Holmes, Chairman of Area 4 Charity Committee, thanked the performers, the organising team led by W Bro Alan Hey and the audience before everyone left the theatre having enjoyed the whole experience. The organisers had been able to donate advertising sponsors’ unrequired tickets to widows of BPMA brethren, so that they could join with us in this special event.
The final accounts are not fully completed, but the total raised amounted to around £6000, enabling the two charitable causes to be in line for a presentation of £3000 each.
A number of people have asked whether this would be the last “Last night of the Proms” at the Penistone Paramount……………………………………..? We’ll see!