The ever popular Lismore Proms returns again in 2014
Helston Town Band is very proud to present its 12th Annual Proms concert. It has grown from a fairly small event (the concept of former MD John Hitchens) with a tiny stage and limited audience, to a full- blown concert for 500 or more people, with an impressive, dressed stage, sound system and extensive lighting. It has now become a regular event for many people in Helston.
The event is held in the beautiful Lismore Gardens, by very kind permission of band President, Michael Jay. It is a wonderful and unusual setting; a natural amphitheatre set in lovely grounds and in a private garden, yet still in in the centre of Helston.
This year’s event is significant in that it will see new MD Darren Hendy in charge of the band for the first time. Darren joined the band in May and has strengthened the organisation, following an unsettling 12 months for band members. He will no doubt want to make his mark on this year's event in his own special way…
The band is also delighted to welcome a new Principal Cornet, Jasmine Ryder- Pollard. In contrast, cornet player Russell Harvey is celebrating his incredible 70th year as a member of Helston Town Band.
The music will be varied, as usual; there are bound to be one or two surprises in amongst the traditional favourite brass band fanfare, marches and hymns and the traditional Jerusalem, rousing Land of Hope and Glory and ever- popular Trelawny at the finish.
Gates will open at 6pm. The Helston Concert Brass, with their MD Ian Edwards, will be the ‘warm up act,’ prior to the official start, at 7pm.
This year sees the return of wonderful local soloists, Mezzo Soprano, Karen Hurn and her daughter, Bromley, Soprano. The band is delighted to welcome both ladies to the Proms.
Bromley has completed her GCSE's at Truro School where she holds a music scholarship - she is staying at Truro School Sixth Form to study A Levels in Chemistry, Biology, English Literature & Psychology. Music is already a serious hobby for Bromley - she has won numerous competitions and has sung with many of Cornwall's top Brass Bands and Male Voice Choirs. She has toured Italy and Barcelona with the school Wind Band, playing clarinet. She enjoys different genres and fronts vocals with the school Jazz Band and has soloed in Truro Cathedral for Vivaldi's Gloria. She has also performed pantomime in Dick Whittington and played Snow White. Singing is her first instrument, she has gained her Grade 8 singing and now studying for her singing diploma.
Karen has sung for nearly 40 years - singing as a hobby alongside a successful career in banking she has raised over £50,000 for charities including The Sunrise Oncology Unit, Macmillan Cancer Care, Cancer Research & Children's Hospice South West. Karen has sung in Belgium, Holland and toured Australia on two occasions. She recently sang 'The Last Night of the Proms' with The Military Wives Choir in Southampton and performed at The Boisdale Jazz Club in London's Canary Wharf at the Barclays National Talent Competition.
In May Karen and Bromley were both honoured to perform at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in London during a Princes Trust Charity Dinner.