Free entry to Last Night of the Proms

Forget what you have read in previous weeks - the council has changed its mind on Last Night of the Proms which is now free of charge.

And the event on the Western Lawns this Saturday (September 7) will be brought to a close with a fireworks display.

Proms on the Lawn will provide a stunning musical finale live via on the big screen from 7.30pm onwards.

With live music on the seafront Western Lawns in the afternoon from classical string quartet Ensemble Reza, the countdown begins to the live BBC screening featuring traditional flag waving favourites such as Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

Gates open at 3pm and the event start with Ensemble Reza at 3.45pm featuring a wealth of talent, with members having performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

For this concert, Ensemble Reza will also be joined by Jane Haughton – one of Britain’s finest mezzo-sopranos, having sung with the Royal Opera House.

The live screening from the Royal Albert Hall follows, with Nigel Kennedy and Joyce DiDonato the star soloists in the programme which picks up both sea-faring and transatlantic themes. It will begin with the world premiere of a celebratory new work by Anna Clyne, a rare performance of Britten’s 1967 overture for chorus and orchestra ‘The Building of the House’, a touch of Broadway magic and female conductor Marin Alsop takes charge, becoming the first woman to ever conduct the Last Night.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own blankets, chairs, lights and red, white and blue for what is sure to be a rousing afternoon and evening of a great British tradition.

A full licensed bar and catering is available at the event.

Those who bought tickets when the event was advertised previously can obtain refunds from the Congress Box Office or on 01323 412000.