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40th Anniversary Gala Concert - Free Firework Spectacular!

University of Warwick 40th Anniversary Logo

On 23rd June 2005, the University of Warwick's 40th Anniversary celebrations came to a spectacular climax with a free Gala Concert, organised by the Music Centre and featuring performances from the University's largest ensembles on a huge open-air stage with fireworks to finish.

One of the most impressive events ever staged by the Music Centre, the spectacular attracted an audience of approximately 6000 students, staff, graduates & members of the local community and included a huge outdoor concert stage, bar, barbecue and a fabulous fireworks display to finish the evening off. There was music to suit all tastes, from opera to jazz, with performances by the University Big Band, Wind Orchestra, Brass Band, Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, with a massed finale of Frank Sinatra classics including the ever-popular New York, New York, Come Fly With Me and My Way. In between performances, the entertainment continued with live performances from other University societies such as the Taekwon-do club showcasing some destruction and some juggling!

The Music Centre was delighted with the reception that the Gala Concert received - a few of the comments we had are shown below - and would like to thank everyone that was involved in the organisation, the music and, of course to all those that came to see it!

"Congratulations on a really entertaining evening… great fun and great performances from all involved .Thanks for letting me share your celebrations…you must be very proud of all from the University who were involved…Well Done! And thanks again…I look forward to your 50th celebrations!!!" - Michael Carrick

"Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed last night's concert and fireworks. It was a real pleasure and a great night out. It would be lovely if you could have an event like that at the end of every year!" - Jan Nightingale

The Wind Orchestra perform at the Gala Concert

The Music Centre Stompers

The Wind Orchestra at the Gala Concert

The Music Centre Stompers


Fireworks after the 40th Anniversary Gala Concert

Fireworks after the Gala Concert