In Concert: Family Prom 2015, St David’s Hall, Cardiff

This years Welsh Proms family event upped its game incredibly from last years show. Held this time at 3pm on a Sunday afternoon, it commanded a good turn-out from an audience of all ages eager to hear popular classics and film scores from the Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Bell.

Compering the event was popular Radio Wales presenter and singer Wynne Evans who delivered a family friendly and fun presentation introducing many pieces in the style of an awards ceremony.

The awards on this occasion weren’t going to actors or performers but the instruments themselves, all of which create the sounds to form particular highlights of memorable themes. While the flute stole the Award for Contribution to Dance by a Woodwind Instrument on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, (the piece itself complimented with flare and elegance by several ballerinas) the award for orchestral selection with the most melodies went to the strings following a performance of The William Tell Overture (famously used as the theme to The Lone Ranger).

The Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra performances were superb as well as educational, outstanding particularly were Hans Zimmer’s Lion King Suite, a beautiful performance of James Newton’s The Hanging Tree from The Hunger Games (which featured four leads on the stage complimented by members of the choir interspersed around the stalls) and John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars complimented by the appearance of Darth Vader and several Imperial Storm troopers on the stage.

The prom, lasting just over an hour, brought smiles to both youngsters and adults who attended and is clearly proving to be one of the most popular concepts of The Welsh Proms series.

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