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Proms in the Paddock - a damp squib?

On 6 Aug 2011 at 10:57pm Earl of Lewes wrote:
I love the Proms in the Padock and go every year, but something was missing tonight. First, there was a lot less of the band, who shared the podium with a barbershop choral group group who, although they were good at what they did, weren't really the right act for this occasion.

Second, the fireworks didn't go off during the 1812 Overture. A big disappointment. At first I thought it was the recession, but a fantastic dispay started after the music stopped.

Hopefully things will be back to normal next year: no barbershop quartet and fireworks during the 1812. But it was still a great evening out.

On 7 Aug 2011 at 9:37am Jelly wrote:
My Lord Earl of Lewes, Your humble servant is in entire agreement with you! Last night was my first Proms in the Paddock and I had been greatly looking forward to it. I thoroughly enjoyed the evening, which I spent with a group of close friends. However, and it was a big however, the evening was slightly spoilt for me by how drawn out it was. I was expecting a slightly slicker, faster-moving evening and found the interludes of canned music slightly boring - especially considering how cold it was last night!!! I thought the barbershop group were excellent (as was the band of course) but when they sang/played the quieter, more thoughtful pieces, it was hard to hear or concentrate thanks to people chattering all around. In spite of this - a wonderful evening - and to be repeated next year!! Thanks to all concerned...
On 7 Aug 2011 at 10:56am sashimi wrote:
I just thought it was a brilliant evening. No quarrell with the timing of the fireworks. If the main display had come in while 1812 was playing we wouldn't have heard the music. So thanks to all who took part.
On 7 Aug 2011 at 11:19am 'ere be monsters wrote:
I agree Sashimi. How about that!!
On 7 Aug 2011 at 1:36pm Paul Newman wrote:
I enjoyed it. I thought the band were little variable, some of the pieces were played with superb musicality others felt a little ragged but you would have to be a terrible misery to complain overall. The fireworks were fantastic.
Funny to think of Forum people actually being there. If you noticed the children playing at the front three of them were mine
I always think Jerusalem is a bit odd. Its a complex poem, a call to revolutionary arms really and far from jingo-istic .The emotion is so powerfully handled that,with the music, the generalised feeling of hope for the country has become its meaning .
That is only one of its meanings
Anyway a great event and we had a fab time
Many thanks to all
On 7 Aug 2011 at 3:04pm blue and white wrote:
i had a great time at the paddock , with picnic and wine and the yummy cake from the stall . I thought it was very well organised event the music was fantastic , fireworks were superb !! Had a very enjoyable evening and joined in with the flag waving . Well done to everyone, will definately be attending next year
On 7 Aug 2011 at 4:02pm Clifford wrote:
Blimey, Paul Newman, you can write really nicely when you try - what you say about Jerusalem is spot on.
On 7 Aug 2011 at 8:22pm Lewes?! Lol wrote:
You lot wanna bum each other a little more?! Bottom line... it was s*ite!!
On 7 Aug 2011 at 9:46pm filly wrote:
A fantastiic evening, its what summer eves are about sod the weather we are English and know what its like..lol..take your brollys, really ejoyed well planned and i think the music was great for a Proms..its the music you want for that type of event...well done to CSBS and for the 10yrs so far and more to come!! what i love about bonfire in Lewes is that the societies know what their events they do each year to raise funds and its all different, they dont copy and have respect for each other, its great !!!!!!
On 7 Aug 2011 at 9:48pm filly wrote:
PS i bloody hate DFL's !!!
On 8 Aug 2011 at 8:13am Taff wrote:
British filly, British! teehee
On 8 Aug 2011 at 9:17am DFL wrote:
Why do you hate us filly ? We're flesh and blood just like you.
On 8 Aug 2011 at 10:43am WoodenTops wrote:
I agree the evening did drag on, not as good as usual, the barbershop choir were not right for this occasion as they droned on and on and you couldnt hear them properly, what the occasion needs is a good drum band like on bonfire night!
Hard luck if the band cant see the fireworks, the evening was much better when the fireworks went off with the music.
On 8 Aug 2011 at 12:24pm 'ere be monsters wrote:
A drum band? Which one are you thinking of?
Lewes!? Lol it's not just the music and fireworks, it's about enjoying an evening with friends, perhaps that's the part you ought to look at?
On 8 Aug 2011 at 12:39pm Decent Citizen wrote:
Unfortunately I was unable to go but,my friends who did ,had a great time. As I understand it ,a vast majority thoroughly enjoyed it.
On 9 Aug 2011 at 3:40pm chair with broad shoulde wrote:
we are sorry for those who did not enjoy our proms in the paddock , the main readson for the band leaving the stage for the fireworks , is , wiat for it , H.S.E . we located the tent a little further back to give more space for crowd comfort , so the band members had to move forward for safety distance compliance, as for the barber shop , we try to change the second act each year , we were very pleased with them , and you shouldnt be surprised to see them again nexy year , as for draging on , all the breaks were planned to give some social time , this is a social event with lots of people meeting for a relaxing evening , we are held to ransom with the weather , and would like to remind all the knockers , this event is put on by volunteers who fit this in to their spare time , if you like it we hope to see you next year , and if you dont like it , we are open to ideas , and we fully understand you will vote with your feet , lastly pencil in 04/08/2012 we look forward to seeing you then ,
On 10 Aug 2011 at 1:57pm Parrot on broad shoulder wrote:
Bring back Kev Chapman. The fireworks were far too boring. We want the risk factor back!
On 10 Aug 2011 at 4:07pm filly wrote:
DFL is a Lewisians term for a person "Down From London" who know nothing about our bonfire traditions that we are so mightry proud of and yes i am a true british filly lol so i tend to rear my head up at DFL's especially when they moan..dont come live or stay in Lewes if you dont like bonfire.....enuff said !!!!
A drum band is not what Proms is all about, if you want drums then wait for bonfire season to start and CSBS have the amazing German Waltshut Fager Band with them this year and they will be giving a performance up at the town hall in Lewes on 4th November.....watch this space !!!!!!
On 10 Aug 2011 at 5:25pm kevin wrote:
Filly - 'rear your head' or ...... did you get your words mixed up?

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