Proms on the Wicket will take place next Saturday at its new location of the KGV playing fields. The event will retain its established format with a live first-half concert showcasing talented local musicians.
The Big Band Collective, who last performed at the Proms in 2017, will feature, along with Mariposa Strings – all of whom who have played at previous Proms in various other groups. They will both provide a varied mix of music from the classics to the modern day.
The BBC Proms season has been curtailed considerably due to the coronavirus pandemic and the season has comprised six weeks of concerts from previous seasons and a final two weeks of live (socially distanced) performances which includes the Last Night.
The second half of the BBC coverage of the concert will be screened live on the big screen and includes the Last Night favourites of Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem and Rule Britannia.
‘I am so pleased that we are able to host the Proms event this year. The concert has gained such a large following over the years and with the other events we hold at the KGV it seemed a natural fit to be able to support this fantastic community event,’ said Mark Latter, director at the KGV playing fields.
‘Proms is an event that appeals to such a wide range of people across all ages and we are delighted our support enables the event to remain free to attend. Watching such a large number of people enjoying classical music and the atmosphere created when everyone joins in with the singing in the second half is a wonderful sight and one of the island’s summer highlights,’ said Rob Fearis, chief executive officer of Praxis IFM, one of the sponsors of the event.
While entry to the event is free, organisers hope that if people are able to they will make a donation on the gate which will be split between next year’s event and Guernsey Mind.
Organisers have also thanked event partners the Guernsey Arts Commission, The Guernsey Press, CentreStage and ND Events.
The event will start with a screening of The Greatest Showman at 5.15pm. The live concert will start at 7.30pm before crossing to the BBC coverage of the Last Night of the Proms at about 9pm.
Chairs will be available for a small donation but everyone is welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets and pick their spot around the pitch.
Union Jack flags will also be available ready for revellers to wave as they sing during the second half.
The KGV clubhouse will be open throughout the day as normal and there will also be an outdoor bar. As the site runs on a not-for-profit basis, those coming to the event are asked to support the KGV and not bring their own alcohol.
Limited parking is available on site and the KGV is on both the 41 and 42 bus routes and the N2 night service.