Village proms

sp90699  Barlow Proms pictured  are members of the chior with conductor & organiser Andy Booth   l to r David Johnston,Jane Wilmont,Andy Booth,Wendy Sharpe,Jim Brough
sp90699 Barlow Proms pictured are members of the chior with conductor & organiser Andy Booth l to r David Johnston,Jane Wilmont,Andy Booth,Wendy Sharpe,Jim Brough

Musical director Andrew Booth will be picking up his baton to direct the annual Barlow Proms.

Now in its fifth year, the outdoor spectacular will draw hundreds of spectators to the village recreation ground on Saturday, June 16, for an evening of music and singing.

Andrew said: “The proms is a great experience for both participants and audiences alike. I particularly enjoy the great atmosphere it generates and the fact it also allows people the chance to hear some great music in a way that is rarely done these days.

“We average around 700-1000 people support the event but would of course like to see more there.”

Entertainment will be provided by the 60-piece Fono Philharmonic Orchestra and the Barlow Festival Chorus with 80 voices drawn from the Barlow Singers, the Carolare Choir, Chesterfield Male Voice Choir and the Lindrick Singers.

The extravaganza is entitled Applause Applause and is based on hits from the West End, Broadway musicals and opera classics, including selections from Barnum, The Lion King, Carousel, Grease and Chicago.

There is also an opportunity for plenty of audience participation in the rousing finale with traditional proms’ favourites including Land of Hope and Glory.

Fireworks will provide a sparkling finale to the event.

The Barlow Proms season began with a piano recital before Christmas 2011 in a house in Barlow and has included an Olde Englishe Night and Chesterfield’s Spire Choir Festival in which 22 choirs from the area entertained shoppers.

Reflecting on the five years of Barlow Proms, Andrew said: “I think the one of the best times was in 2009 when we did a ‘war’ proms. As such we had a troupe of Napolionic war re-enactors, complete with musket and three cannon, for the finale that year which was the 1812 overture. It was quite fun to watch people’s faces in Barlow as they walked around the village during the day in full uniform.”

For more details contact www.Barlowproms.com or phone 0754 1234676