The Proms featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with special guests Collabro and Laura Wright
Gates will open from 3pm and The Proms will begin at 6.45pm.
Performing a selection of iconic James Bond movie themes, followed by all the classical hits of our traditional Proms finale, including The 1812 Overture, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp & Circumstance March no 1 – this year’s Proms is set to be truly spectacular.
The amazing dancing water fountains and bursts of fireworks across the night sky provide a memorable finale to this special Proms night all set in the grounds of the magnificent Rochester Castle.
Bring your own chairs, picnics, friends and family for a truly unique occasion.
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) has built up an international reputation in its 30-year history, performing in the major concert venues across the UK and around the world.
The RPCO is known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music and has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists, ranging from opera luminaries, such as Jose Carreras, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, The Pet Shop Boys, Sting and Kylie Minogue, to name a few.
We are so pleased to welcome back the RPCO to the Rochester Castle Concerts and cannot wait to hear our favourite songs from the James Bond movies as well as all the classical, flag-waving anthems.
Collabro are the world’s most successful musical theatre group.
In 2014 they met for their first rehearsal above a pub in London and just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Having triumphed in their Semi-Final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever.
Their new album Road to the Royal Albert Hall has reached the top 20, and features lots of surprise treats alongside classics from legendary musicals such as Les Miserables, Evita and Miss Saigon.
In 2018 Collabro embarked on a sold-out tour of Asia; performed as special guests on Barry Manilow’s UK Tour and at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The 02 Arena and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
With over a million album sales under her belt, Laura Wright has been one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade.
Laura is a familiar face at some of the world's biggest sporting events; having performed the national anthem regularly for the England Rugby & Cricket teams in the last few years. Laura has also performed at the NFL, The Superleague Grand Final, The Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, WSB Boxing, The Carling Cup Final, The Championship Play-off Final, Silverstone, The Grand National, Ascot and the FA Cup Final.
Laura is also extremely proud to be closely involved with Prince Harry' Invictus Games where she wrote and performed the official song of the games at the Opening Ceremony, entitled Invictus.
Michael has conducted, orchestrated and arranged credits for over twenty West End shows including Phantom of the Opera, Joseph, and Singin' in the Rain to name a few.
He was also the Musical Supervisor for many of Andrew Lloyd Webber' musicals and for his 50th birthday concert.
Rock Choir has more than 30,000 members across the UK. Their voices are truly stunning and we are thrilled to welcome our local group to this year's Proms.
Rock Choir performs at around 2,000 events each year, from local community and charity fundraisers, to high-profile national events. It helps to raise around £1million a year for local and national charities.
NChant - interval entertainment
NChant is the Senior Girls' Choir from The Rochester Grammar School, made up of pupils from years 9 to 13 and directed by Carolynn Woodman.
NChant performs regularly at school events and services, and as guest choir in prestigious venues such as Cadogan Hall and The Royal Albert Hall. They were finalists in the Barnardo's National Youth Choir competition in 2018, and have been both semi-finalists (2010 and 2019) and finalists (2014) in BBC's Songs of Praise Young Choir of the Year competition.
There are a number of ways you can get here to experience what Castle Concerts has to offer. An overview of travel options and help is listed below:
There is no parking directly on site, however there are a number of pay and display car parks located near by.
There is a free of charge coach park located in nearby Corporation Street, and a coach drop off point at the rear of the visitor information centre. For more information please contact email@example.com
Rochester station is a short walk from the venue (less than 5 minutes). Strood station is approximately a 10 minute walk from the venue, over Rochester Bridge. Click here to visit South Eastern's website.
Services in Rochester are operated by Arriva and Nu Venture. Alight in Corporation Street, which is a short distance from the castle.
Postcode: ME1 1SW
To ensure overall safety and enjoyment, we will now be following live music event best practice, similar to other concerts of this nature.
Therefore, no alcoholic or hot drinks are permitted to be brought into the venue.
Food as well as soft drinks, including water, are permitted in sealed non-glass containers.
Drinks will be allowed to be brought in for the Saturday night Proms only but no glass is permitted with the exception of champagne, sparkling wine, prosecco etc in sealed, pressurised corked bottles.
No booking fees.
Reasonably sized collapsible chairs are allowed into the castle gardens. A limited number of seats will be available and issued on a first come, first served basis.
Toilets are available within the castle grounds. No barbecues or gas cylinders will be permitted under any circumstances. No dogs (except guide dogs) or other pets will be admitted.