As he left the stage at the end of the 2019 concert, the audience were crying out for more – so Castle Howard is bringing back world-renowned tenor Wynne Evans for an encore performance at this year’s Proms, which takes place on Saturday 22 August 2020 on the North front of the North Yorkshire stately home.
Wynne is perhaps best known for his Gio Compario character on the long-running series of insurance advertisements on TV, though the latest campaign sees him playing both Gio and himself. He has had a 25 year career as an opera singer, with his debut album, A Song In My Heart, going straight in at number one in the classical album charts.
Joining Wynne on stage will be soprano, Victoria Joyce, a regular performer at Proms concerts and in opera alike, having performed with Gewandhaus Orchester in Leipzig and with the Deutsche Kammer Philharmonie in Bremen. Victoria has also been named one of the ten best performers in the world as Queen of the Night in Mozat’s The Magic Flute. Another career highlight was the Royal Variety Performance, where she performed for the Queen.
“We are delighted with these two stellar headliners for this year’s Proms concert. Wynne has a superb rapport with the live audience at these events, matching his rich tenor voice with stories and anecdotes that add a fresh flavour to the proceedings,” comments Mark Harrison of promoter LPH Concerts & Events, which organises the Proms on behalf of the Castle Howard estate. “Wynne and Victoria have performed together many times, so concert goers can expect a sparkling performance when their voices combine in some of the rousing choruses of the Proms favourites.”
The Proms at Castle Howard is often regarded as one of the most prestigious al fresco events in the country, and is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary – which makes it one of the longest running open air Proms concerts. The anniversary co-incides with 175 years of the London Proms – created so that people who were not usually theatre attendees could enjoy a less formal performance without seating. That tradition continues today with visitors old and young invited to Castle Howard to enjoy a picnic on the lawns, and bring their own blankets and deckchairs from which to enjoy the performance of the London Gala Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Bell. The compère for the evening is Phil Seymour.
Whilst the concert itself is packed with Proms classics, including the theme from Dambusters whilst an authentic Spitfire soars through the skies above, the Castle Howard team is working hard to appeal to wider audiences, from young visitors to those seeking a more exclusive, luxurious event. “Our adventure play area, Skelf Island, will be open for our younger audience from the moment the gates open until 7pm, which is a great way of keeping them busy, active and engaged whilst waiting for the main show to start – and burning off any excess energy so that can sit back and enjoy the music, lasers and fireworks,” comments head of marketing and communications, Abbigail Ollive. “We’re also offering a VIP experience, which includes a champagne reception in the House before the concert starts and deckchairs with the very best view of the stage – we can even provide picnic baskets filled with local products from our restaurants and farm shop for the ultimate easy Proms experience”
Early bird ticket for Castle Howard Proms are available until 31 March for £34 per adult and £5 per child via the Castle Howard ticket office or online atwww.castlehoward.co.uk (booking fees apply to online sales). From 1 April adult tickets will be £39, and £44 on the night. VIP tickets start from £175 per head.