Queen Elizabeth II: Blackpool Symphony Orchestra to Pay Tribute to Her Majesty The Queen at Poulton Concert
They were due to kick off their new season on September 17 with a Last Night of the Proms-style gig at the Hodgson Academy in Poulton.
The orchestra wowed a sold-out audience at Lancaster Castle earlier this month after being invited by the Duchy of Lancaster to help celebrate the Platinum Jubilee by performing one of the first outdoor concerts to take place in the historic castle.
VIPs including the castle constable and a large city audience were treated to all of last night’s traditional favorites, including Jerusalem, the Imperial Crown and the Land of Hope and Glory.
Their follow-up concert at Poulton was to be a repeat of this popular program, but with the addition of the Poulton People’s Choir who were to lead the community in singing and performing with the orchestra.
However, plans have now changed and the evening will instead pay tribute to the Queen after her death last Thursday.
BSO Chairman Martin Scragg said: “We were deeply honored to be invited to play at the Queen’s Castle last weekend and the response from the huge audience was absolutely amazing.
“We can say with some confidence that we are the only symphony orchestra to have played at the Queen’s Castle in its entire history.
“Like everyone at home and around the world, we were deeply saddened to learn of Her Majesty’s passing.
“The Queen has been a great supporter of the arts throughout her long life and so we have decided to make the next concert a tribute to her and a celebration of a life well lived.
“It will also be an opportunity for the people of Fylde to come together and reflect on the sad times we are going through.”
The concert will still include some of the traditional ballroom favourites, but will also attempt to reflect the somber mood of the nation at the moment.
There will also be a nod to Her Majesty’s love of musical theater with a selection of My Fair Lady and the orchestra’s award-winning performance of Somewhere Over the Rainbow.