As I may have mentioned previously just once or twice, I (unlike all other Janathoners) was not lucky enough to be given a place for this years RPHM. Which was fine (gritted teeth) until it came to getting the consolation hoodie, this took a long time to reach me, during which I was in email contact with them about my dissatisfaction with the situation in which I only became a little stroppy! Anyway said hoodie arrived and a couple of days later 2 complimentary tickets to BBC Proms in the Park, in Hyde Park. How lucky am I.
Yesterday saw my friend and I heading to London after lunch laden down with chairs, umbrellas and warm clothes. I have an aversion to packing sandwiches to go anywhere as it does not matter how I transport them when I come to eat them they are a quarter of the size, soggy and warm, so we had decided to treat ourselves to a Prom Hamper and were very excited about the prospect too.
This contained pate, ham and Gruyère quiche, beef salad, foccacia, Burts crisps, cake of the day, strawberries, bottled water and can of Pimms, very civilized and posh nosh indeed.
Once in we staked our pitch and settled down in our chairs to wait for it all to kick off. Must admit at one point we did think we were terribly unlucky when the tallest bloke in the park joined the group in front of us and to add insult to injury smoked too which meant at times in the evening I did too.
We were miles from the stage but did not feel like it due to the big screen TV’s either side. Not being a classical music fan (more Robbie Williams) I was not sure I would enjoy it but have to say it was amazing. The atmosphere incredible. Katherine Jenkins can sing quite well can’t she?! As for Russell Watson, like my friend said his voice is like velvet! Have to admit heathen that I am one of the high points for me was Rolf Harris singing ‘Tie me Kangaroo Down Sport’ and ‘Two little boys’, as a child we had his LP so thats how I know all the words but was amazed that those 20 years younger than me seemed to know them also. My dear older friend (!) is a budding singer (in her mind only) and the 2 of us singing Climb Every mountain and Land of Hope and Glory sounded I’m sure more Hinge and Bracket than Katherine Jenkins, but we had a blast. Would apologise to those in the vicinity but most of them were too drunk to notice.
What an incredible night and one we shall be repeating hopefully next year.