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Last Night of the Proms Programme Notes

Aces High

March by Ron Goodwin from the 1969 film The Battle of Britain. 

Original title from the film "The Luftwaffe March", but already a march of that name so re-titled it "Aces High".

Originally Sir William Walton wrote the music for this film. The producers were not really satisfied with the music and they gave the assignment to Goodwin. Sir William Walton is a kind of an institution and there was a lot of commotion about it. Goodwin's score was accepted by the producers. But they liked Walton's "Battle in the Air" sequence more than Goodwin's and this is used in the film.

Raiders March

The Raiders March, Indiana Jones' theme, was originally two songs simply played on piano by composer John Williams. He invited Steven Spielberg to his performance and Spielberg asked him to link the two songs together to create Raiders March. The song was composed around 1980 and was recently included in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. It has been used in every movie and also appears in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Pirates of the Caribbean

Pirates of the Caribbean is a series of fantasy-adventure motion pictures based on a Walt Disney theme park ride of the same name, and follow Captain Jack Sparrow (portrayed by Johnny Depp),

Share my Yoke

This was written in 1987 for the Salvation Army choir by Captain Joy Webb. Arranged for brass band by Ivor Bosanko

March of the Cobblers

Well known March – appeared in the film Brassed Off at the Whit Friday marches at Saddleworth near Manchester.  100 bands play at a dozen villages and travel by bus – very congested.

James Bond Collection

A selection of music from James Bond films

Je T'Aime … Moi Non Plus

"Je t'aime... moi non plus" (French for "I love you... me neither") is the title of a French duet song written by Serge Gainsbourg. It was originally written for and sung with Brigitte Bardot in 1967, but that version was not released until 1986. In 1969, Gainsbourg recorded a version with his lover at the time, Jane Birkin. It reached number one in the UK, but was banned in several countries due to its sexual content.


Grease is an 1978 American musical film based on the 1971 musical of the same name about two lovers in a 1950s high school. The film stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. It was successful both critically and at the box office; its soundtrack album ended 1978 as the second-best selling album of the year in the United States

Men of Harlech

a song and military march which is traditionally said[1] to describe events during the seven year long siege of Harlech Castle between 1461 and 1468.[2] Commanded by Constable Dafydd ap Ieuan, the garrison held out in what is the longest known siege in the history of the British Isles

Keep Smiling Through

Keep Smiling Through! (Medley) arr. Darrol Barry Selection of memorable songs from World War II: The Army, The Navy & the Air Force; Yours; Lili Marlene; The White Cliffs of Dover; We'll Meet Again 

Crazy Little Thing Called Love

 a song by the English rock band Queen, written by Freddie Mercury in 1979. While it peaked at number two in the UK, it hit number one on the U.S. charts on 23 February 1980, remaining there for four consecutive weeks. It topped the charts in Australia for seven weeks

As reported by Mercury in Melody Maker, 2 May 1981, Mercury composed "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" on the guitar in just five to ten minutes.  Other accounts say that he wrote it while lounging in a bubble bath in the  Hotel in Munich. The entire song was reportedly recorded in less than half an hour (although Mack says it was six hours).

Air Force One

is the official air traffic control call sign of any United States Air Force aircraft carrying the President of the United States. any U.S. Air Force aircraft may carry the "Air Force One" call sign while the president is on board.
Air Force One is a 1997 American action film starring Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, and Glenn Close


Includes :
Anna Magdalena,
Toreador March,
Hall of the Mountain King,
Trumpet Voluntary,
St. Anthony Chorale,
Symphony #40,
William Tell,
Hungarian March #5,
Carmen Overture,
Toccata in Dmin, and more.

Fantasia on British Sea Songs

Fantasia on British Sea Songs is a piece of classical music arranged by Sir Henry Wood in 1905 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. It is a medley on British sea songs and now forms an indispensable item at the BBC's Last Night of the Proms concert.

Wood's arrangement comprised nine parts which follow the course of the battle from the point of view of a British sailor, starting with the call to arms, progressing through the death of a comrade, thoughts of home, and ending with a victorious return and the assertion that Britain will continue to 'rule the waves'.

  1. Bugle Call – call to arms

  2. The Anchor's Weighed – setting off

  3. The Saucy Arethusa – the ship - The HMS Arethusa was a frigate of the Royal Navy, which was captured from the French Navy in 1759.

  4. Tom Bowling – the song of Tom Bowling was written in 1789 about the death of a sailor

  5. Jack's The Lad (Hornpipe) - Sailor's Hornpipe was originally performed on the wet deck of a ship, in bare feet

  6. Farewell and Adieu, Ye Spanish Ladies – ship leaves spain and its ladies

  7. Home, Sweet Home – arrived home

  8. See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes – taken from Handel’s Judas Maccabeus - celebrations at home

  9. Rule, Britannia! – Britannia rules the waves

Crowd participation during the Fantasia is essential. Mock tears are shed by the audience during Tom Bowling, feet are stamped in time to the introduction of Jack's the Lad, being followed by the honking of hooters and a crescendoing clapping during the climax. This frantic pace is juxtaposed with the solemn humming with Home, Sweet Home and then the whistling of the melody of See, The Conquering Hero Comes. This routine is obligatory on the part of the "prommers" (the audience members standing in the promenade area, hence "proms") and is always intersperced with the ill-timed firing of party poppers and blowing of party whistles, to the general amusement of the audience and orchestra.


The song was first called "And Did Those Feet in Ancient Time" and the early published scores have this title

Pomp and Circumstance

Pomp and Circumstance  Marches, op. 39 are a series of five Marches for orchestra composed by Edward Elgar.
The title is taken from Act III of Shakespeare's Othello: "Farewell the neighing steed, and the shrill trump,
The spirit-stirring drum, the ear-piercing fife,
The royal banner, and all quality,
Pride, pomp, and circumstance of glorious war!".
The best known is the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1.  It had its premiere in London in October 1901,
In the United States, No. 1 is known to many as simply "the graduation song", and is irretrievably associated with graduation ceremonies.

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