Battle Proms come back to Burghley House

The battle proms at Burghley House.
The battle proms at Burghley House.
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There will be an explosive Battle Proms Picnic Concert at Burghley House on July 4 for the annual evening of classical music, Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and stunning firework finale.

The Battle Proms takes much of its historical inspiration from the Napoleonic wars, which came to a conclusion 200 years ago at the Battle of Waterloo.

As well as marking this 200th anniversary, the Battle Proms team will also celebrate 75 years since the Battle of Britain and 70 years since the end of the Second World War with a number of additions to the programme. These will include The Battle of Britain Evening Gun Salute, honouring this pivotal air campaign and end of the war itself, as gunners herald the arrival of the Grace Spitfire with a volley of shots from a vintage 13 pounder field gun.

Much loved TV and radio presenter, author and celebrated compère Pam Rhodes will be hosting the event and there is also the return of the Rockabellas, today’s answer to The Andrews Sisters, who will warm up the audience with an upbeat performance of unrivalled vintage vocals.

Later in the programme Battle Promenaders will be treated to the Battle Proms signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony – performed as he intended with the full complement of 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion.

Conducted by Douglas Coombes and performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, the programme will also include soul-stirring classical favourites suited to the grandeur of the historic setting, from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture(which also gets the ‘Battle Proms treatment’ of live cannon fire) to a sing-along finale packed with all the prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. Accompanying the orchestra will be soprano Denise Leigh, who will perform enchanting arias before bringing the finale to life as a spectacular firework display lights up the summer sky.

For more information, or to book tickets for the event, visit www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355 416. Tickets can also be bought from local tourist information centres.