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Record attendance packs out Langtons Gardens annual summer concert

PUBLISHED: 12:00 12 June 2018

Langtons Gardens in Hornchurch was filled to capacity for the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra performance on Sunday, June 10.

Langtons Gardens in Hornchurch was filled to capacity for the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra performance on Sunday, June 10.

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Sunny weather and a popular performance attracted a full capacity crowd to the popular Langtons Summer Concert, with some residents being turned away from the Hornchurch garden’s gates.

Langtons Gardens was filled to capacity as the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra performed a programme of light classics on Sunday, June 10.

Led by Jonathan Butcher, conductor and presenter the orchestra played classic hits ranging from the Johan Strauss II Waltz: Roses from the South to Mendelssohn’s Nocturne from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

More than 3,000 residents enjoyed the June sunshine and packed the grounds with picnics, deckchairs, flags and bunting, making it the largest audience that concert organisers can remember.

The free concert is an awaited annual event organised by Havering Council and one of the most popular ones in the borough.

Langtons Gardens had to lock the gates for the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra concert because too many people turned up. Photo: Barry JonesLangtons Gardens had to lock the gates for the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra concert because too many people turned up. Photo: Barry Jones

Shortly after the beginning of the concert, the gates to the gardens had to be temporarily closed to late comers with the event organisers allowing entry only as other concert-goers departed.

Barry Jones, a local photographer was one of those who was refused entry to Langtons Gardens.

He told the Recorder: “I turned up at 3pm, but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed in.

“There were a lot of people who weren’t happy about it because they’d come to the concert for many years and were now being turned away.

“It was unfortunately just one of those things.”

The concert was flavoured with popular favourites from the film The Wizard of Oz and a selection from Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate and the now traditional finale featuring the theme to the popular TV series Darling Buds of May, which starred David Jason as Pop Larkin.

Councillor Viddy Persaud, cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “The Langtons Summer Concert is always a popular event in Havering’s cultural calendar and Sunday’s huge attendance shows that it is now a summer staple that brings the community together.

“Thanks to the concert organisers, the Westminster Philharmonic Orchestra, the Friends of Langtons Gardens and concert sponsors, West and Coe, all of whom contributed to a really successful Langtons Summer Concert.”

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