Last Night of the Proms 2018

So the eight weeks of another season have once again flashed by. We’re back in the well practised hands of Sir Andrew Davis tonight (perhaps we’ll find out if he can sing any G&S other than the Major General’s song?), with soloists from Canada (Gerald Finley) and Cumbria (Jess Gillam).

But of the course the question on everyone’s lips(?), is “Will the PMC collection once again manage to beat last season’s total?”

That total was £116,876.40. After Prom 74 (Handel’s Theodora) the 2018 total stood at over £112,800 meaning that we need to collect around £4,000 to beat the record. 2017’s Last Night collection was £4,700 (the largest ever individual prom total). In addition to tonight’s collection we also need to process the foreign currency that has been donated over the course of the season, and we will also receive a share from the retiring collection that follows the Proms Service at Holy Trinity, Prince Consort Road tomorrow (9 September).

The service is at 3pm and will be a quiet reflection on the themes of the season, in particular this year the centenary of the first women joining the Parliamentary franchise, and the struggles for women’s suffrage that led to that point.

Finally one last reminder of this season’s charities: Live Music Now (charity no 273596), Voices Foundation (charity no 1029834), Drake Music (charity no 1034374) along with regulars Help Musicians UK (charity no 228089) & CLIC Sargent (charity no 1107328).

Thanks to all who have donated this season, and also to all those prommers who regularly give up time to hold a collection bucket, and then help with sorting and counting the collection.

****UPDATE****
After Prom 75 (The Last Night of the Proms) you have donated over £116,700. This is very slightly less than last year’s final total but more than the equivalent last year which stood at £115,900 immediately after the Last Night 2017.

Into the final stretch…

As we move into the final week the collection total is poised to break the £90,000 mark, and with a weekend of concerts including a double helping of the Berlin Phil and a visit from the Boston Symphony Orchestra it seems likely the customary final surge will begin as many regulars leave making a donation until their last Prom of the season.

Thanks as ever to all those who have donated so far, and not forgetting those who have given up time to collect and then count each evening.

Week 1 summary

After the first week of Proms you have donated over £8,600. Considering we were only able to collect after the first 7 concerts, this is a great start to the season. Thanks to all who have donated so far (and also to those who have given their time to assist with the collection)

New season, new website

Welcome to the new Promenaders’ Musical Charities website, https://promenadersmusicalcharities.wordpress.com.  Various pages will continue to be expanded adding additional information, and we will continue to post collection updates on our Facebook page and Twitter account.

This year’s selected charities are detailed on the 2018 Season page, while last year’s final breakdown is at the top of the Support by year page.