A unique concert was recently undertaken by the Lydbrook Band as they gave what is believed to be the first ever 'Proms in the Quarry'.
The event has taken two years of planning after the band was invited to test the acoustics in the Victorian pennant sandstone quarry by sponsor, Forest of Dean Stone Firms Ltd. The quarry itself predates the formation of the band by around 17 years.
It attracted a large and appreciative audience too, as MD Ian Holmes led the West of England Championship Section outfit through a memorable concert in a truly unique setting.
The idea for the concert came from the company's CEO Nick Horton, with the band joined in the second half by soprano vocalist Josie O'Driscoll in all the Proms favourites such as 'I Vow to Thee my Country', 'Jerusalem', 'Fantasia on British Sea Songs' and, of course, 'Pomp & Circumstance' and 'Land of Hope & Glory'.
Lydbrook also showcased popular favourites such as 'The Greatest Showman', 'Post Horn Galop' featuring soloist, Phil Turner, 'The World's Greatest Storyteller' and 'Armenian Fire Dance', with the evening expertly linked together by compÃ¨re Brian Jackson.
The music, atmosphere, audience and fireworks just made it a very special evening and one which I will never forget. I just loved it and rest assured, we will do it again!Forest of Dean Stone Firm CEO Nick Horton
Buzz of excitement
Band Secretary, Robert Morgan told 4BR: "The event went beyond all expectations and we wonder if anything like this has ever been done before in the UK. The venue was unique and the buzz of excitement as the audience walked into the quarry was palpable."
Forest of Dean Stone Firm CEO Nick Horton added: "Since the sponsorship promotion performance here with the band two years ago I've wanted to host a proper concert in aid of them.
The Proms Concert delivered a unique event. The music, atmosphere, audience and fireworks just made it a very special evening and one which I will never forget. I just loved it and rest assured, we will do it again!"