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People Cool Britannia on the Chao Phraya River: The Shrewsbury Proms

Cool Britannia on the Chao Phraya River: The Shrewsbury Proms

Cool Britannia on the Chao Phraya River: The Shrewsbury Proms
By Matt Wilde
October 10, 2017
Shrewsbury International School keeps a British tradition alive and kickin' in Bangkok


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If you happened to be in London recently and were lucky enough to secure tickets to the Last Night of the Proms, you’ll have enjoyed not only an evening of stirring classical music but also a significant seasonal event on Britain’s culture calendar. 

However, if you weren’t in the UK in late September, don't despair. In early November you too can experience a taste of British patriotic fervor—thanks to Shrewsbury International School’s The Shrewsbury Proms musical showpiece.

A Briefing On The Proms

The Proms—prom being short for a ‘promenade concert’ originally performed outdoors in a park or pleasure garden—were first staged indoors in 1895 at Queen’s Hall in Langham Place, London, but moved to the Royal Albert Hall in 1941. The annual concert series, which runs over eight weeks between August and September, culminates in the incredibly popular Last Night performance, during which British classical pieces such as Pomp & Circumstance March No.1 by Sir Edward Elgar, Thomas Arne’s Rule, Britannia! and Hubert Parry’s Jerusalem are played to much waving of the Union Jack flag and hearty singalong by the audience.  

Proms Fever In Bangkok

 The Shrewsbury Proms is now in its 11th year and has become a hugely popular feature of the Bangkok performance calendar. This year’s concert, inspired by the theme "Going Places", will take the audience on a musical journey ranging from the warm climes of Spain to the Arctic Circle and from outer space back to planet Earth again. Performed in Shrewsbury’s world-class auditorium on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the programme also includes a special musical tribute to His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as well as traditional Proms favourites Jerusalem and Rule, Britannia!


Photo: Courtesy of Shrewsbury International School 


Photo: Courtesy of Shrewsbury International School

The show takes place on Thursday, November 2, 2017 and gets underway at 5:45pm with pre-concert drinks and a buffet dinner followed by the performance itself. The evening rounds off with riverside fireworks and cocktails.

Tickets are on sale priced at 1,600 baht for adults and 1,100 baht for children aged 8-18 years. (Please note: the event is not suitable for children aged 7 or younger). Tables for up to 10 people are available for 14,000 baht. For more information and ticketing details, please click here or contact Shrewsbury marketing director Jane Arghabhadra at or  at 0-2675-1888 ext 1113.                                         


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