Last Night of the Proms
Friday 9 June, 7.30pm & Saturday 10 June 2023, 2pm & 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 2023!
Today’s concert is a recreation of the excitement of the final night of the Proms series in the Royal Albert Hall. In the London version it is preceded by some 60 concerts, but here in Perth we are cutting to the chase, the fun bit at the end, the sing-a-long musical party.
I have a bit of experience with the original – playing piano at the Proms in 1984 with the Australian Youth Orchestra, singing in the choir for the Last Night in 1991 and also broadcasting a number of Proms concerts on BBC Radio 3 when I was a radio announcer there, desperately concealing my Australian accent. (It didn’t work - one listener said “Take that barbarian colonial off the airwaves”)
Despite this rudeness, I still have a big soft spot for the Poms and their little idiosyncrasies (warm beer and changing Prime Minister as often as underwear) and the Proms is one of their best inventions, a rare chance to get involved in classical music. Most conductors frown at audience participation (who wants to hear someone in row F humming along to Mahler) but I welcome it. So enjoy yourself tonight, with vigorous flag waving, full-throated singing and loud enjoyment of the wonderful West Australian Symphony Orchestra!
Last Night of the Proms: A Classical Spectacular
William WALTON Orb and Scepter - Coronation March
George Frideric HANDEL Zadok the Priest
Gioachino ROSSINI Semiramide: Bel raggio lusinghier
Pyotr Ilyich TCHAIKOVSKY Eugene Onegin: Waltz
Giuseppe VERDI Il Trovatore: Coro di zingari (Anvil Chorus)
Giacomo PUCCINI Gianni Schicchi: O mio babbino caro
Maurice RAVEL Boléro
Interval (25 mins)
Gustav HOLST The Planets: Jupiter
Léo DELIBES Lakmé: Bell Song
Edward ELGAR Enigma Variations: Nimrod
Henry WOOD Fantasy on British Sea Songs
arr. SARGENT Rule, Britannia
Hubert PARRY orch. ELGAR Jerusalem
Edward ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance No.1 ‘Land of Hope and Glory’
Guy Noble conductor
Anna Voshege soprano
Please Recycle Your Flag
Help WASO bring the Proms fun again next year! Please drop your flag in one of the labelled Flag Recycling Bins near the exit, or take it with you to bring back in 2024!
WASO On Stage
Acting Principal 1st Violin
Assoc Principal 2nd Violin
Assistant Principal 2nd Violin
• Rosalind & Lyndsay Potts
• Philip & Frances Chadwick and Jim & Freda Irenic
• Janet Holmes à Court AC & Gilbert George
• Pamela & Josh Pitt
• Ruth E. Thorn and Michael & Helen Tuite
• Leanne & Sam Walsh AO
• Meg O'Neill, Chase Hayes & Vicky Hayes
• Stelios Jewellers
★ Rod & Margaret Marston
Principal 3rd Horn
Francesco Lo Surdo
• John & Nita Walshe
• Dr Glenda Campbell-Evans & Dr Ken Evans AM
• Dale & Greg Higham
• Peter & Jean Stokes
Assoc Principal Percussion & Timpani
★ Section supported through the Duet program by
• Chair supported through the Duet program by
* Instruments used by these musicians are on loan from Janet Holmes à Court AC.
About the Artists
Guy NobleGuy Noble is a conductor, pianist and host who has performed regularly with all the major Australian orchestras and a few overseas ones as well.
His agent once told him that if he persisted in conducting more light-hearted concerts he would not be asked to conduct Mahler. He thought about it for a moment and decided that Mahler was doing quite well on his own, so opted for a delightful career mixing great music with a sense of humour. This has led to cooking on stage with Maggie Beer and Simon Bryant and the ASO, singing the Cats duet with Korean coloratura superstar Sumi Jo at City Recital Hall, Sydney, giving a piggyback on stage to singer-songwriter Ben Folds and appearing on screen as Her Late Majesty for these very Proms with the fabulous WASO.
He might also be the only person ever to have played tennis during an orchestral performance in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House.
About the Artists
Anna VoshegeAnna Voshege is an Australian-German coloratura soprano currently living in Vienna, Austria.
She recently sang the title role in Rossini’s Semiramide in Switzerland to great acclaim, Queen of Night (Die Zauberflöte) in Tirana, Konstanze (Die Entführung aus dem Serail) in Baden State Theatre Kinderoper, Zerbinetta (Ariadne auf Naxos) with the Berlin Opera Academy, Najade in the same opera for the Richard Strauss Festival, Sophie (Der Rosenkavalier) with Melbourne Opera, Eurydice (Orpheus in the Underworld) at KLANG Bad Hall Festival, both Ernestine (M. Choufleri restera chez lui le…) and Galathée (The Beautiful Galatea) at the festival Sommeroperette Heldirtt and Griselda in the world premiere of Alma Deutscher’s Cinderella with the Vienna Philharmonic.
In Vienna, Anna is a regular soloist with the Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra, the Vienna Hofburg Orchestra, the Vienna Mozart Orchestra, the Vienna Residenzorchester, the Vienna Baroque & Classical Orchestra, St Stephan’s Cathedral Orchestra and most recently with Alma Deutscher in a concert series at the Vienna Konzerthaus. In 2023, she appears as soloist with the Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
© Patrick Togher Artists’ Management 2023
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 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. Earlier this year the chorus was invited to Hobart to perform Brahms’ German Requiem with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (TSO), the TSO chorus, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs and members of the public, conducted by Simon Halsey.
WASO Chorus On Stage
Sue Nightingale Hingston
Kathleen van Son
Charmaine de Witt
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 peoples, 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
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- Explore the music
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- Drinks and nibbles
The Wardle Kitchen is open for casual dining, serving delicious hot meals before each performance, while our Grab and Go stations offer quick bites such as sushi and sandwiches. Bars are available on the first two levels, and you are welcome to bring your cold drink into the auditorium.
- First Aid available
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