Musical Extravaganza Sapper300 Rochester Castle

Thousands of people waved flags and sang along  at Rochester Castle Concert’s spectacular finale – the military proms.

Capacity crowd at Rochester Castle for Military Prom 2016

The final concert aimed to celebrate 300 years of the Royal Engineers.

Crowds, gathered on their finest picnic blankets and chairs, on the hottest day of the year, and were entertained by the Royal Engineers Band and the Countess of Wessex Strings.

But before the concert went ahead, musical director, Capt James Marshall, asked the audience to stand up to show their solidarity with France, after the horrific events which took place Nice.

After a moments reflection, the regular and reserve band of the Royal Engineers kicked off the three-part show with Bishop Gandulf by Scott.

Royal Engineers Swing Band

There was something for everyone at the concert as the band played their way through pop classics including Elton John’s Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Phil Collins’ Against All Odds, and You’ve Got a Friend in Me, by Randy Newman.

They also played smash hits from musicals including a Wicked melody and Puttin’ on the Ritz.

Royal Engineer Reserve & Regular Band Support by the Countess of Wessex Strings

As always, water cannons on either side of the stage pulsed in time with the orchestra and, during the band’s last set of the night, magnificent fireworks lit up the sky over Rochester, wowing the audience inside the castle, and those who had gathered outside the gates to watch the celebration.

The show finished off with a classic military proms set featuring crowd-favourites Jerusalem, Hoorah for the CRE, and, of course, rounding off with the national anthem.

It was a wonderful night to be patriotic and remember the rich history of the Royal Engineers.

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