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Proms Night Spectacular – 7th December 2019

Symphony Hall, Birmingham 7th December, 7:30 pm

Join the award winning British Police Symphony Orchestra for our Proms Night Spectacular! Greatest hits — 30 years of the BPSO featuring music from famous films and favourite songs.

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Whether you were gripped by The Joker waltzing to Elfman’s score for Batman or want to Rewrite the Stars as The Greatest Showman, there is something for everyone. Soloist, Benjamin Frith will evoke memories of a Brief Encounter during his performance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No 2. The iconic theme from 2001 A Space Odyssey will mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. Musical Director, Dr Richard Jenkinson will once again conduct the audience and orchestra for the evening.

Uniting the police service with the magic of music to engage, excite and enlighten communities in the UK and beyond, the BPSO is unique. The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, presented on stage at Symphony Hall last year, represented a tremendous achievement for all involved and was a key highlight of the 30th Anniversary celebrations.

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The sparkling Overture to Die Fledermaus will set the Champagne corks popping and the celebratory mood will continue with a performance of Freddie Mercury’s showpiece duet, Barcelona.

The spectacular ‘Proms Night’ finale, with our flagship firework display and balloon drop, will conclude the evening with Rule Britannia, Land of Hope & Glory, British Sea Songs and Jerusalem. So bring your singing voices, your flags and streamers as we celebrate the season and look to the next 30 years of achievement by this fantastic orchestra!

Programme

Programme to include:

National Anthem
Strauss Overture to Die Fledermaus
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto no.2 op.18
(Piano soloist Benjamin Frith)
Interval
Elfman Batman Suite
Chapman Police medley
Chapman Highland Cathedral
Trapanese and Debney Greatest showman Suite
Mercury and Moran Barcelona
Henry Wood Fantasia on British Sea Songs
Arne Rule Britannia
Parry Jerusalem
Elgar Pomp and Circumstance No.1

Compère - PC Danny Mizon

Fresh from the Royal Albert Hall, it is with great pride that our compere, serving officer, PC Danny Mizon, will guide us through these all-time greats. Our compere Danny joined the orchestra’s percussion section in 1999. He sat on the management committee for a number of years with responsibility for communications.

Ten years ago Danny took over the role as the orchestra’s compere at the annual Proms Night Spectacular and Family Matinee Concert at Symphony Hall, Birmingham each December.

He was soon invited to compere at Lichfield’s Proms in Beacon Park, a huge free event each September which currently attracts an audience of over 10,000. The orchestra had been headlining here for many years so it was a real honour for him to move to the front.

The character of PC Danny is now well known to the hundreds of young families that have attended our shows and they look forward to joining in his with his jokes and adventures each year.

Danny has been a police officer in London for nearly 29 years and is currently employed on the Marine Policing Unit.

Supporting - The British Police Symphony Orchestra

The British Police Symphony Orchestra is a UK registered charity. The orchestra comprises serving and retired officers, support staff and close members of the wider police family. All concerts support charitable causes. Through these performances and the orchestra’s outreach projects – Playout!, the BPSO engages with a wide range of other charities, excites audiences of all ages and enlightens by providing enrichment opportunities, through music, to all for whom this may otherwise be inaccessible.