• Audience at Last Night of the Proms.
  • Music Director and conductor Peter Thomas at Last Night of the Proms.
  • Music Director Peter Thomas addresses theaudience at Last Night of the Proms.
  • Young dancers at the Last Night of the Proms, Bruce Mason Centre.

When the Brits come marching in

The best Brit-filled sing-along show of the year, Auckland Symphony Orchestra’s Last Night of the Proms, returns to the Bruce Mason Centre in June for its astounding 18th year of music and nostalgia.

An annual extravaganza, the concert this year has more than 150 performers taking to the stage, including New Zealand pop royalty Suzanne Lynch of The Chicks and The Lady Killers. As well as her own iconic music, Suzanne has performed with the likes of Cat Stevens, Lulu and Olivia Newton John, and in 2001 was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit for her services to entertainment.

She performs alongside the 80 highly talented musicians of the Auckland Symphony Orchestra, and a guest choir of 70 performers from the Shore’s own North Shore Chorale/Harbour Voices. The musicians take the audience on an exuberant musical journey with something for everyone, from traditional classics and New Zealand works to the best Brit-pop classics from The Beatles, and tunes such as ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘Jerusalem’.

Last Night of the Proms is a highlight on Auckland Symphony Orchestra’s calendar every year. Music Director and conductor, Peter Thomas, is once again at the helm bringing to life British classics that have everyone on their feet and singing at the top of their lungs. Thomas has conducted many orchestras in Auckland, and is the Head of Music at Epsom Girls Grammar School.

“We enjoy bringing this back to Auckland each year, as it’s not just a concert, it’s a real occasion. It’s theatrical and interactive – the music is about bringing people together, and everyone is guaranteed to leave beaming,” Peter says.

Audience members are encouraged to dress up and don their best Brit-inspired attire, dust off those top hats and bow ties, and wave their Union Jacks for a jolly good night out that’s bound to make Her Majesty proud.

Last Night of the Proms, Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, 22 June. Also Auckland Town Hall, 23 June.

For more information and tickets visit aucklandlive.co.nz or call 0800 111 999