Barking Abbey twilight concert makes its return

PUBLISHED: 12:07 14 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:07 14 May 2013

The Twilight Concert is set amongst the Barking Abbey Ruins

The Twilight Concert is set amongst the Barking Abbey Ruins


»Once a year the centuries-old ruins of Barking Abbey are brought to life with a magical twilight concert.

The strings and whistles that infuse the air are provided by the Aminta Concert Orchestra, who have performed in the open-air venue on each of the last 16 years.

Their concert puts on an eclectic range of classical music, conducted by Dr Donald Hoskins MBE, along to a backdrop of special lighting effects which adds an enchanting depth to the performance.

This year will be no different, with a schedule consisting of popular works by Mozart, Sousa, Mendelssohn, Strauss, Puccini among other composers.

The second half will consist of music normally associated with the Last Night of the Proms, including Rule Brittania, Jerusalem and Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance No.1.

At the end, the concert will erupts into a sing-along to the backdrop of an impressive fireworks display.

The Aminta Concert Orchestra was formed 27 years ago after Dr Hoskins was invited to conduct a small ad-hoc group of professional musicians at a concert in London.

After first being invited to perform in Barking in 1997 the group has returned annually, drawn by the beauty of the setting and the reception received.

As always, this year’s concert is free but there will be a voluntary collection for the mayor’s chosen charity, Saint Francis Hospice.

It runs from 7.30pm to around 10pm on May 25. Gates will open at 7pm to the sounds of the church bells rung by St Margaret’s Church Bell Ringers.

Facilities on site include toilets, light refreshments and a licensed bar stocking wines, beers, spirits and soft drinks.

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