This year’s Last Night of the Proms concert is being held on Saturday 20th August. Solo cornet player Richard Cregan, former Bandmaster of the Irish Guards, has put together a unique VIP Proms package which promises to make the evening a very special occasion for the lucky winner, whilst helping to raise money for our ‘Play Your Part’ fundraising campaign.
The highest bidder will firstly commission Richard, whose compositions have been performed at many high profile concerts, to write or arrange a piece of music (subject to copyrights), which the band will play at the Proms. This could be an arrangement of a favourite song or hymn tune, a new march for the band, a medley of favourite songs or a solo for yourself to play / sing with the band. The winner will meet Richard to discuss the piece first, and have collaborative input about the musical style and content. You will receive a framed copy and recording of the music. Furthermore, in true VIP style, if you live in East Devon, you, and three guests, will be picked up and driven to the Connaught Gardens, where a roped off area at the Proms will be saved for you. You will be supplied with a picnic, two bottles of champagne and some Union flags to wave! You will also meet Jeremy Vine and the band, and have your photograph taken with them. And of course, you will be driven home again after the concert!
The auction closed on Saturday 4th June and we can reveal that the lucky winner was Liz Colborne with a bid of £750. Congratulations Liz!