The 2011 theme for this free annual concert was 'Shakespeare' - but more on that tomorrow.
Let's start at the finale for once! It is the same one each year, and the canon on either side of the stage is a bit of a hint.
The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Philharmonia Choir, both conducted by Brett Weymark, performed Tchaikovsky's '1812 Overture'. The thousands of sydney-siders sprawled on rugs, waved sparklers or small torches (sold at the venue and with all proceeds going to the QLD Premier's Appeal for flood victims), while the canons exploded and fireworks shot into the sky behind us.
A magical end to a splendid evening.