Last Night of the Proms

Special Event

Friday 7 June, 7.30pm & Saturday 8 June 2024, 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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I can’t believe a whole year has passed since our last Last Night of the Proms, but here we are again with a wonderful range of toe-tapping British favourites, culminating in the sing-a-long fun of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

I am very pleased that our soloist this year is Lorina Gore. She is able to sing up to the stratosphere as a soprano and yet can also gearchange into musical theatre and thrill with the Barbra Streisand hit Don’t Rain on My Parade. Lorina is therefore both bel canto and can belto. She has a great set of pipes, which can also be said for the WA Police Pipe Band who return for a stirring rendition of the Skye Boat Song.

Once again it is a joy to perform with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, this wonderful band of musical brilliance, playing up a storm on stage. It is always a thrill to take them for a spin before handing the keys back at the end of the performance. I hope you enjoy the concert as much as we will enjoy performing it for you.

Guy Noble

Last Night of the Proms

Edward ELGAR Pomp and Circumstance March No.4
Emmerich KALMAN
Die Csárdásfürstin: Hei in den Bergen
Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo
Giuseppe VERDI
Aida: Triumphal March & Chorus arr. Josh DAVIS The Skye Boat Song
1812 Overture (excerpt)

Interval (25 mins)

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 Choral: 4th movement (excerpt)
‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’ from Funny Girl
Highland Cathedral
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’
arr. Josh DAVIS I Am Australian

Guy Noble conductor
Lorina Gore
The WA Police Pipe Band
WASO Chorus

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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 14 full-time employees who are a mixture of police officers and civilian police staff. As part of their duties, our staff also support several frontline services in various specialist areas as well as running the WA Police Youth Development Pipe Band project. There are a number of volunteer guest players who assist the band when they are available.

Performing at approximately 200 policing and community engagements each year, the band has also participated nationally and internationally at numerous highprofile events, competitions, police and military tattoos, and on stage with artists such as Sir Paul McCartney, Andre Rieu and WASO.

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WASO Chorus

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 Britten’s War Requiem in 2022 and a premiere performance of Lachlan Skipworth’s The Tides of Longing in 2023.

Also in 2023, 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.

Andrew Foote
Chorus Director

Glenn Hogue


WASO Chorus On Stage

Rebecca Bencivenni
Annie Burke
Andrea Brittan

Genevieve Cappi
Caitlin Collom
Clara Connor
Diane Durham
Kathleen Dwyer

Sophie Dwyer
Fay Edwards
Sarah Evamy

Lesley Goodwin
Kylie Grima
Diane Hawkins
Elize Haygarth-Farrer

Joanna Killgore
Sue Lake

Ruth Lira

Brooke McKnight
Sue Nightingale Hingston
Jane Royle
Cassidy Shelton
Lucy Sheppard
Sarah Shneier
Kate Sugars
Catherine Wade
Virginia Walsh

Margo Warburton

Marian Agombar
Llewela Benn
Patsy Brown
Sheila Byfield
Catherine Dunn
Kaye Fairbairn
Jenny Fay
Dianne Graves
Jill Jones
Mathilda Joubert
Robyn Main

Tina McDonald
Lynne Naylor
Pip Peake

Deborah Piesse
Neb Ryland
Rebecca Shiel
Simin Soyer

Olga Ward
Jacquie Wright

Chris Bedding
Allan Griffiths
Alan Harvey
John Murphy
Andrew Paterson
Christopher Ryland
Sim Taylor
Arthur Tideswell
Stephen Turley
Brad Wake

Justin Audcent
Michael Berkeley-Hill
Tony Errington
Ken Gasmier
Stephen Hastings
Brendon Jones
François Joubert
Benjamin Lee
Adam Lynch
Geoff Massey
David Maynier

Patrick Melling
Peter Ormond
James Parish

Mark Richardson
Stace Rogers
Steve Sherwood
Tim Strahan
Emanuel Troaca

Michael Whitby
Andrew Wong


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
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be
God, who made thee mighty, make thee
mightier yet,
God, who made thee mighty, make thee
mightier yet.

I Am Australian
Writers: Dobe Newton & Bruce Woodley

We are one, but we are many
And from all the lands on earth we come
We’ll share a dream and sing with one voice
I am, you are, we are Australian

Content Acknowledgement

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.

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.

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