Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2018

Medway Council is pleased to announce that tickets for the 2019 Castle Concerts Proms featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra with special guests Collabro and Laura Wright are now on sale.

The council is delighted to welcome The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra back to the intimate, unique setting of the picturesque castle gardens on Saturday, 13 July. They will be joined by special guests Collabro and Laura Wright and will perform a selection of iconic James Bond soundtracks, followed by all the classical hits of a traditional Proms finale including The 1812 Overture, Fantasia on British Sea Songs, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Pomp & Circumstance March no 1. Next year’s Proms is set to be truly spectacular with colourful dancing water fountains and a fantastic fireworks finale which is set to delight audiences. 

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra

The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra (RPCO) has built up an international reputation in its 30-year history, performing in the major concert venues across the UK and around the world. The RPCO is known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music and has a worldwide reputation for working with internationally renowned artists, ranging from opera luminaries, such as José Carreras, Bryn Terfel, Renée Fleming, Kiri Te Kanawa and the late Luciano Pavarotti, to popular culture icons, including Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart, Henry Mancini, Barry Manilow, Liza Minnelli, The Pet Shop Boys, Sting and Kylie Minogue, to name a few.


Collabro are the world’s most successful musical theatre group. In 2014 they met for their first rehearsal above a pub in London and just a month later went on to rouse the whole of Hammersmith Apollo into a standing ovation during their first ever public performance of Stars for the Britain’s Got Talent judges.
Having triumphed in their Semi-Final heat with over 63% of the votes, they then won the overall competition with one of the biggest majorities ever. 
Their new album Road to the Royal Albert Hall has reached the top 20, and features lots of surprise treats alongside classics from legendary musicals such as Les Miserables, Evita and Miss Saigon. In 2018 Collabro embarked on a sold-out tour of Asia; performed as special guests on Barry Manilow’s UK Tour and at many of the UK’s most prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The 02 Arena and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Laura Wright

With over a million album sales under her belt, Laura Wright has been one of the biggest selling classical artists this decade.
Laura is a familiar face at some of the world's biggest sporting events; having performed the national anthem regularly for the England Rugby & Cricket teams in the last few years. Laura has also performed at the NFL, The Superleague Grand Final, The Carnegie Challenge Cup Final, WSB Boxing, The Carling Cup Final, The Championship Play-off Final, Silverstone, The Grand National, Ascot and the FA Cup Final. 
Laura is also extremely proud to be closely involved with Prince Harry’s Invictus Games where she wrote and performed the official song of the games at the Opening Ceremony, entitled Invictus. 

Michael Reed

Michael has conducted, orchestrated and arranged credits for over twenty West End shows including Phantom of the Opera, Joseph, and Singin' in the Rain to name a few. He was also the Musical Supervisor for many of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musicals and for his 50th birthday concert.

‘Entertainment for all the family’

Cllr Howard Doe, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services, said: “Next year’s Proms will be a fantastic finale to the Castle Concerts series. There will be entertainment for all the family to enjoy at the picnic style event with incredible water fountains and a firework finale. There will also be the opportunity for plenty of flag-waving to iconic classical favourites. Tickets to the Proms would make a lovely Christmas present, with no booking fees. Book now to avoid disappointment.”
For more information, and to buy tickets, call 01634 338338, or visit the Brook or Central Theatres in Chatham or the Rochester Visitor Information Centre in the high street.
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