What a wonderful day Proms in the Park turned out to be. Sunday began a little over cast, but it was warm and only fleeting showers were predicted. By 9.30am the stage was already up and the sound track from ‘Wicked’ was playing to check the sound system. Dog walkers crossed the field to find out what was going on and many of them promised to return at 1pm
The showers arrived at around 12 and continued on and off as the audience started to arrive. The rain had not put people off, trolleys laden with folding tables, chairs and picnic hampers were pulled into place across the grass as people searched for their perfect spot. Umbrellas doubled as sun shades and were well used one way or the other all day.
As people set up their picnics they were treated to the sound checks by the Merry Opera Company and all realised they were in for a real treat during the ‘real’ performance.
The Forest Row Orchestra were introduced by Meridian FM’s presenter Tony Nash. He has always been a great supporter of East Court Live from the beginning. Thank you Tony. And the almost non stop entertainment began.
East Court regulars The East Grinstead Concert Band followed with some very recognisable pieces, then the Merry Opera Company took to the stage for the first of the two performances. Beautiful is all I have to say!
We were very proud of East Grinstead’s young people next with a varied program of musical styles of Sackville School. A very big well done to them as by then the audience had swelled to around 1000. If the students were nervous to look out on so many, they did not show it!
The afternoon was completed with the grande finale. The Merry Opera Company again with some classic ‘last night of the proms’ numbers and flag waving!
Well done to all involved, there were some impressive quick changes of performers on and off the stage.
We are now looking forward to the Jazz Festival on 26th July. So see you all there.