July 17, 2008

Music of the Night Draws in Crowds

Crowds flocked to join in the pomp last night at the opening performance of Music of the Night.

Around 5,000 people packed into the Royal Citadel to watch the music and firework extravaganza.

It was the first of a five-day run, with a 300-strong cast staging the usual mix of new material and old favourites such as Les Miserables and the 1812 Overture finale.

The Herald revealed yesterday that this week's performances could be the last as organisers say they are taking a break from the show until at least 2012 due to pressures on military and civilian participants.

Staged every two years since 1992, it has raised more than pounds500,000 for local and military charities.

More than 25,000 people are this week expected to enjoy the spectacular which includes fireworks, gunfire, military bands, hundreds of local singers and dancers, and laser displays.

It also includes the Children's Field Gun Crew, made up of 50 children from Morice Town Primary School in Devonport.

Tickets, priced at pounds17-pounds27 plus booking fee of pounds1.50, are on sale at the box office on 0845 146 1460 or www.plymouthpavilions.com.

Read a review at www.whatson southwest.co.uk, or in tomorrow's Herald. Buy and view pictures, and watch footage of the rehearsals, at www.thisisplymouth.co.uk.

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