Last Night of the Proms
Friday 24 & Saturday 25 June 2022, 7.30pm
Perth Concert Hall
West Australian Symphony Orchestra respectfully acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and Elders of Country throughout Western Australia, and the Whadjuk Noongar people on whose lands we work and share music.
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Welcome to WASO’s Last Night of the Proms - A Classical Spectacular 2022!
I cannot tell you how excited I am to return to the podium and stand up in front of the West Australia Symphony Orchestra. No, I will tell you how excited I am. Very excited. Almost tingling. For too long during the pandemic Perth seemed like a distant kingdom, only accessed by a magic portal through a wardrobe or perhaps by special permission of law enforcement. But now you will let anyone in, including me.
Once again we will perform the sea shanties and traditional items from the BBC Last Night of the Proms. We welcome our wonderful mezzo-soprano soloist Ashlyn Tymms, and the WA Police Pipe Band will fire up their bagpipes and fill the Perth Concert Hall with the most inspiring sounds of the Highland Cathedral. Of course, we also want you to join with the WASO Chorus in those rousing moments of Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia, all featuring the magnificent sound of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. So wave your flags, throw your streamers and be full-throated in song as we once again celebrate the Last Night of the Proms in Perth style.
Last Night of the Proms
William WALTON Crown Imperial
Georges BIZET Carmen: Les tringles des sistres tintaient [Gypsy Song]
William WALTON arr. Malcolm SARGENT Henry V – Suite (excerpts)
Pietro MASCAGNI Cavalleria Rusticana: Regina Caeli, laetare
George ENESCU Romanian Rhapsody No.1
Interval (25 mins)
ROEVER/KORB arr. Sean O’BOYLE Highland Cathedral
Percy GRAINGER Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air)
Adele/Paul EPWORTH arr. J.A.C. REDFORD Skyfall
Leroy ANDERSON The Typewriter
Henry WOOD Fantasy on British Sea Songs
Thomas ARNE arr. Malcolm SARGENT Rule, Britannia
Hubert PARRY orch. Edward ELGAR Jerusalem
Edward ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No.1 ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
Guy Noble conductor
Ashlyn Tymms mezzo-soprano
WA Police Pipe Band
WASO On Stage
Acting Principal 1st Violin
Principal 2nd Violin
Assoc Principal 2nd Violin
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
Bao Di Tang
• Tokyo Gas
Acting Assoc Principal
• Sam & Leanne Walsh
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Rod & Margaret Marston
Principal 3rd Horn
Francesco Lo Surdo
• John & Nita Walshe
• Dr Ken Evans AM & Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans
• Peter & Jean Stokes
★ Section partnered by
• Chair partnered by
* Instruments used by these musicians are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.
About the Artists
Guy Noble has conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Western Australian, Tasmanian, Queensland and Canberra symphony orchestras, the Auckland Philharmonia, and the Hong Kong Symphony and Malaysian Philharmonic orchestras. He is the host and accompanist each year for Great Opera Hits (Opera Australia) at the Sydney Opera House and loves to return as conductor and host for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra’s Classics Unwrapped series at the Adelaide Town Hall. He was host of Breakfast on ABC Classic from 1999 to 2001.
Guy has worked with a wide variety of international performers including Harry Connick Jr, Ben Folds, The Beach Boys, The Pointer Sisters, Dianne Reeves, Glenn Frey, Randy Newman, Clive James, Conchita, The Two Cellos, Alfie Boe and Olivia Newton John. Other career highlights include cooking on stage with Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant from ABC TV’s The Cook and The Chef and singing Rossini Cat’s Duet in recital with Korean soprano Sumi Jo.
About the Artists
Ashlyn Tymms most recently performed with the West Australian Opera as Santuzza in Cavalleria rusticana and Dorabella in the Glyndebourne Festival production of Così fan tutte. In 2020, she also sang Hansel in the WAO production of Hansel and Gretel. Making her debut with the company as Lapák and Mrs Pásková in The Cunning Little Vixen, Ashlyn has also sung Flora in La traviata and Lady-in-Waiting in Verdi’s Macbeth. She returns to WAO in 2022 to sing the title role in Carmen.
Other engagements have included Vaughan Williams’ Serenade to Music at Buckingham Palace (hosted by The Prince of Wales), a tour to South Korea in recital with the London Cello Orchestra, Verdi’s Requiem at the Sydney Town Hall, Rosimonda in Handel’s Faramondo at the London Handel Festival and frequent guest appearances with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. She has also sung La marchande de journaux in Poulenc’s Les mamelles de Tirésias, Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, the title role in Dido and Aeneas.
© Patrick Togher Artists’ Management 2022
About the Artists
The WASO Chorus was formed in 1988 and consists of around 100 volunteer choristers who represent the finest form of community music making, bringing together singers from all walks of life. They regularly feature in the WASO annual concert season, and are directed by Andrew Foote.
The Chorus has built an international reputation for its high standards and diverse range of repertoire. While its main role is to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra the Chorus also maintains a profile of solo concerts, tours and community engagements.
The Chorus sings with the finest conductors and soloists including Asher Fisch, Simone Young, Stephen Layton and Paul Daniel. Recent highlights have included Brahms’ German Requiem, Mahler’s Second Symphony and Verdi’s Requiem. In 2019 the Chorus performed at the Denmark Festival of Voice and in 2018 toured China with performances of Orff’s Carmina burana. In 2020 they performed two Gala events on the Kalbarri Skywalk.
WASO Chorus On Stage
Charmaine de Witt
Sue Nightingale Hingston
About the Artists
WA Police Pipe Band
The Western Australia Police Force Pipe Band (WAPOL) have served the community of Western Australia since 12 May 1966. The band membership consists of fifteen full-time employees who are a mixture of police officers and civilian police staff. In addition the band has a number of volunteer guest players who assist the band when they are available. The band performs at approximately 200 policing and community engagements each year. Band members also assist frontline service several days per week working at various specialist areas.
Music: Hubert Parry (1848-1918)
Words: William Blake (1757-1827)
And did those feet in ancient time
Walk upon England’s mountains green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God
On England’s pleasant pastures seen?
And did the Countenance Divine
Shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here
Among these dark Satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold!
Bring me my arrows of desire!
Bring me my spear! O clouds, unfold!
Bring me my chariot of fire!
I will not cease from mental fight
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
In England’s green and pleasant land!
Pomp and Circumstance
March No.1 (Land of Hope and Glory)
Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet.
As our State’s orchestra, WASO provides the soundtrack to life in WA. We perform orchestral music from around the country and the world for the enjoyment of all West Australians. We celebrate the diversity of our state, First Nations people, those born here and those born overseas, who make up almost a third of WA’s population.
Tonight, we look forward to presenting Last Night of the Proms, full of classical British favourites for flag-wavers and music lovers of all persuasions.
In some way, all music reflects the time of its origin. We acknowledge that some of the works in this concert reflect Britain’s colonial past. There are a number of classical music pieces in history that have, over centuries, become associated with societal practices that are not accepted in our lives today.
Although we cannot change history, we must acknowledge it, engage with it and seek to understand it, so as to inform the present and shape the positive future we collectively aspire for as a community. WASO invites you to consider this in the repertoire presented in this concert, and all our concerts.
Engage | Excite | Experience | Educate
From the centre of Perth to the furthest corners of the state, we have provided the soundtrack to life in WA since 1928.
As the State Orchestra, Perth’s first and finest, WASO is the largest employer of performing artists in Western Australia and reaches two million people with musical experiences each year on stage, in our community, and online.
From concert halls to classrooms, hospitals to aged care, we bring joy, inspire learning, and nurture participation in our community, because everybody deserves the opportunity to experience live music. Every year, through community and leading industry partnerships, we engage a new generation of young and emerging artists to help secure a bright future for music in Australia.
We celebrate our rich classical music heritage with great artists from all over the world and commission and perform new repertoire to renew and expand it. The Orchestra collaborates widely with major arts companies and independent artists, performing opera to ballet, movies to musicals, jazz to rock. We champion the diversity of music in all its forms, with a team of talented and passionate people who create unforgettable experiences for all West Australians to enjoy.
Asher Fisch is Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of our Orchestra and we are proud to call Perth Concert Hall home.
Your Concert Experience
FOR THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL
When to applaud? Musicians love applause. Audience members normally applaud:
• When the conductor walks onto the stage
• After the completion of each piece and at the end of the performance
When you need to cough, try to do it discreetly. Cough lozenges are available from the WASO Ticket Collection Desk before each performance and at the interval.
Hearing aids that are incorrectly adjusted may disturb other patrons, please be mindful of those around you.
Mobile phones and other electronic devices need to be switched off or silenced throughout the performance.
Photography, sound and video recordings are permitted prior to the start of the performance.
Latecomers and patrons who leave the auditorium will be seated only after the completion of a work.
Moving to empty seats. Please do not move to empty seats prior to the performance as this may affect seating for latecomers when they are admitted during a suitable break.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
You are now able to take your cold drinks to your seat.
Foyer bars are open for drinks and coffee two hours before, during interval and after the concert. To save time we recommend you pre-order your interval drinks.
There are St John Ambulance officers present at every concert so please speak to them if you require any first aid assistance.
• A universal accessible toilet is available on the ground floor (Level 1).
• The Sennheiser MobileConnect Personal Hearing Assistance system is available for every seat in the auditorium. Visit perthconcerthall.com.au/your-visit/accessibility/ for further information.
WASO BOX OFFICE
Buy your WASO tickets and subscriptions, exchange tickets, or make a donation at the Box Office on the ground floor (Level 1) prior to each performance and at interval. Tickets for other performances at Perth Concert Hall will be available for purchase only at interval. Please note that 30 minutes prior to performance, the Box Office will only be available for sales to that night’s performance.
The Box Office is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and contactable on 9326 0000.
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