War songs will be in the Proms concert

Proms in the Park provides something for all generations
Proms in the Park provides something for all generations

At the end of August a spectacular celebration of live music will once again be held, free of charge, in Vale Park thanks to the town council.

Aylesbury’s very own answer to the Last Night of the Proms will give everyone a chance to feel patriotic, wave their Union flags and enjoy a feast of music, writes Heather Jan Brunt.

And this year the concert will pay tribute to the people who fought and lived through the days of the First World War.

The concert is suitable for every generation so you can take the whole family along on Saturday August 30 and enjoy your picnic from 6.30pm before the music starts at 7.15pm.

The Aylesbury Concert Band and soloist Alison Langer are returning following their fabulous performances last year, and the evening will be topped off with fireworks at about 9.15pm.

The theme this year will incorporate reflections and commemoration of the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The band will play a special arrangement by Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs of ‘Keep the Faith’ which is based on the poem ‘We will keep the faith’ by Moina Michael, after it has been read by Community Unity Project volunteers.

During the interval The LuLalas will entertain the crowds with their special 2014 commemoration programme that includes favourites such as ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’, ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart’, and ‘Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag’.

In addition to the commemorative music, Aylesbury Concert Band will also play classical and modern favourites including a medley from Disney’s Frozen, Holst’s Jupiter and of course everyone’s rousing patriotic Proms favourites, Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and British Sea Songs.

Locally brewed ale and other refreshments will be available on site from Aylesbury Brewhouse.

The weekend celebrations will continue on the Sunday (August 31) with Parklife.

Aylesbury Church Network invites everyone to join them for a morning of worship and celebration in the park from 10.30am.

This will be followed by a free family fun day from 12 noon until 4pm with a free barbecue, games, face painting and crafts.

Back on the main outdoor stage from 4.15-8pm will be a fantastic line up of local bands including the Dung Beatles, the Notations and Bustin’ Loose.

There will also be drinks available from Aylesbury Brewhouse on Sunday evening and plenty of tasty food for sale.