Shipston Rocks throughout the 2017 Proms
Shipston laid on another feast for music fans during this year’s Proms fortnight.
The packed schedule of events offered something for everyone, from rock and roll fans to those with a more orchestral interest - and everything in between.
The Proms launched in spectacular style with tribute band, Abba Inferno, and Oxford-based, Vinyl Daze, playing to a packed Townsend Hall.
The Fame Contest followed, with On Crash Sunday (band), Greg Brice (solo), and Molly Hurwood (solo) winning their categories. As part of their win, they were all given a spot performing live on stage at the Last Night of the Proms.
Across the fortnight, a vast range of venues including cafes, pubs, churches, and parks hosted a wide variety of performances. In true Shipston Proms style, the aim was to make the events as accessible as possible. Many were free to attend.
The event culminated in the Last Night of the Proms, headlined by Shipston’s own Laurence Jones who was delighted to perform for his ‘home crowd’. Laurence commented: “Thank you so much for all the support you have given me over the years, from playing classical guitar concerts around the town, for winning the talent competition when I was 14, coming out to support my first ever band shows in the pubs, packing out the Townsend hall for my album launch night 2016, and finally for rocking out with us to headline the Shipston Proms.”
Popular bands, Too Fat to Kidnap and Jupitronz, also performed, alongside the fame contest winners.
Mayor, Dan Scobie, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful musical fortnight in Shipston, organised entirely by volunteers. Thank you to all those involved.”
To be a sponsor or ‘Friend of The Proms’ for next year’s 20th Anniversary contact the organisers via: www.shipstonproms.org
Photo by Charlotte Wright