The Rotary Club of Bromley felt the need to make itself better seen in the Borough and decided that one of the ways to do that was to provide an evening of music in the heart of the town, Bromley Parish Church.
In December 2015, the club provided a Christmas Concert with the help of the Bromley Temple Band of The Salvation Army and the Bromley Boy Singers along with guest soloists.
On Friday 22nd April, the day between the Queen's 90th birthday and St George's Day, a similar format was followed when the event could hardly have been better timed with its Proms style evening and named 'A Night at the Proms'.
When Sir Henry Wood held his first Proms events in 1895 his vision was for a series of concerts that anyone could attend, regardless of how much money they earned. The Rotary 'Night at the the Proms' followed the same concept and attracted such a crowd that extra seats had to be brought into the building.
The Bromley Temple Band again took centre stage and provided music that lifted everyone's spirits and was ideally suited for the situation. In a like way, the Bromley Youth Music Trust provided music that was perfect for the occasion with three ensembles, Piano Trio; Harp Ensemble and String Ensemble, thrilling the audience through the dexterity and enthusiasm of their music. Further input was brought by guest soloists, Susan Turner (Contralto) and Mark Norwood (Baritone) each of whom chose music that matched the occasion perfectly and also encouraged the audience to join in the spirit of the occasion.
The event raised needed funds for the Moorfields Children's Eye Hospital with an expected outcome of well over £2,000.
Rotary certainly achieved its aims .. made the town aware of its presence, gave people a high quality event that was accessible and raised funds for a cause that benefits children in the borough.