International opera singer leads Proms Night for Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton

Alison Roddy
Alison Roddy

Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton is holding its first ever Proms night next month at Royal & Derngate.

The evening, on Sunday May 10 at 7.30pm, features international opera and concert soprano Alison Roddy, the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra and well known guest conductor Michael Lloyd.

The gala evening, sponsored by county jeweller Michael Jones Jewellers, will include an array of popular opera and proms favourites with items from French and Italian opera as well as Viennese operetta.

Community fund-raiser for the hospice, Sue Bownass, escribed as being “the Last Night of the Proms and a beginner’s guide to opera all rolled into one”, a host of tickets for the event have already been snapped up, however, the good news is there are still tickets available.

“Our Proms night promises to be absolutely wonderful, not only will it appeal to the more seasoned opera enthusiasts, but a wider audience keen to have their first taste of a classical music extravaganza. The programme will include a number of old favourites including Elgar’s much loved Pomp and Circumstance No1 – Land of Hope and Glory and of course Rule Britannia, so there really will be something for everyone,” she said.

“The event has the potential of raising in excess of £30,000 all of which would go directly towards patient care at the Hospice, so we are hoping that the Northamptonshire community will support the event and help us to reach our target. “We are so very grateful to Alison, the Birmingham Philharmonic as well as Michael Lloyd for all giving up their time to stage such a marvellous event; it should be spectacular.”

Tickets are available from www.royalandderngate.co.uk or by calling the box office on 01604 624811.