We're setting off some celebratory fireworks in the office after being apppointed to represent Yorkshire's biggest and best Proms Spectacular on 20 August at Castle Howard, where a galaxy of classical stars, including Aled Jones MBE and acclaimed conductor Jae Alexander, will lead the English National Orchestra through a musical odyssey of popular classics, movie themes and breathtaking arias.
Guests can tuck into picnics and champagne at the exclusive, open-air concert, amidst the spectacular surroundings of the 17th Century Castle as the extravaganza unfolds, closing with a rousing finale of Proms hits by guest soprano Janet Mooney - including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory - before an electrifying display of fireworks light the sky.
This will be the first time guest vocalist, Aled Jones performs groundbreaking, new material from recent album release, One Voice, which rocketed to No 1 in the Classical Chart and Number Three in the Official UK Top 10.
It sees the star performing moving duets with himself, using recordings made when he was a 15-year-old at the height of his Walking in the Air fame. The old recordings were rediscovered after a chance conversation with his parents at their home in North Wales, and Jones immediately dreamt up the idea while listening to them after nearly 30 years.
He explains: “I didn't even remember recording the album, but when I listened to it at my parents’ house, I felt like a proud uncle or father.
“From that came the idea to release the album of duets, featuring my voice as a boy and now as an adult.”
Proms Spectacular has long been a highlight of the classical music calendar, and this year’s event is already shaping up to top 25 years of incredible performances, and forms part of Summer Sessions' spectacular series, which have included concerts with stars including Sir Tom Jones and All Saints.
Musical maestro Jae Alexander says: “Every year I step out onto the stage and I know we are all in for such a wonderful evening.
“A big part of it is the beautiful location, the surroundings are stunning. The magnificent house rises up behind the audience and the lakes and Howardian Hills surround the arena creating a perfect quintessentially British amphitheatre.
“Come rain or shine, the crowds always turn out ready for a good night and the spirit is contagious.”
As is the tradition of The Proms, guests will be invited to bring their own picnics and drinks along to the event, but if you’d rather travel light, a selection of fine foods will be available on site, as well as a bar serving everything from cocktails to champagne.
Tickets cost £33.50 for adults or £15 for children (4-16) and are available now, from maconcerts.co.uk