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Triumphant Pops finale gives grand boost to Sunrise Fund.

THE Pomp and Circumstance of the last night of the Summer Pops resounded through the King's Dock Big Top.

Last night's col ourful show, starring The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra under the conducting guidance of charismatic Carl Davis, was another triumph.

Thousands of music lovers in souvenir bowler hats waved Union flags and joined in the fun.

A pound from every ticket went to the ECHO's Sunrise Fund, which this year is supporting children's charity Barnardos.

Carl Davis was again the master showman, sporting three flamboyant outfits, the final one a patriotic red frock coat emblazoned with the Union flag.

The music, with a considerable Welsh emphasis, included the talents of the distinguished Rhos male voice choir.

Geraint Dodd, also from Rhos, performed his own version of Nessum Dorma and blind singer Denise Leigh offered stunning arias from Mozart and Verdi.

Katherine Jenkins also excelled on a soaring version of You'll Never Walk Alone, a favourite song from the musical Carousel and also a perennial anthem for Liverpool FC.

The ECHO's arts editor Joe Riley, in his sixth year as MC, introduced each item in his own inimitable style, his comments revealing both his extensive musical and local knowledge. His own classical background was peppered throughout with a strong sense of humour.

The star of the evening, of course, was the inspirational music and Land of Hope and Glory, performed twice. It could not fail to raise the spirits, sealing another successful Summer Pops season.

The audience gave themselves a round of applause, knowing they had enjoyed themselves for more than two hours and raised a lot of money in the process.

We can help your eventDO you want to raise money for the Sunrise Fund? Call the Echo's Sunrise Fund coordinator, Penny Woods, on 0151-227 2000 and we'll tell you how we can help your Sunrise event, however small. Every event to raise Sunrise Fund cash is guaranteed publicity in the ECHO.

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CONCERT MASTERS: The master of ceremonies, ECHO arts editor Joe Riley, left, and RLPO conductor Carl Davis on the podium as the packed audience, right, fly the flag on a memorable last night of the 2004 Summer Pops Pictures: STEPHEN SHAKESHAFT
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Date:Jul 26, 2004
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