Classical music meets aerobatics

Ents: spitfire prom Belton House.
Ents: spitfire prom Belton House.
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AN event which mixes classical music with historical airplanes is coming to Belton House tomorrow (Saturday).

Always popular, the Spitfire Prom is truly breathtaking, combining world famous musicians with a thrilling aerobatic display.

It features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and two spitfires from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The orchestra will be conducted by James Morgan and accompanied by mezzo soprano Juliette Pochin.

The programme includes the 1812 Overture, O Mio Babbino Caro from Puccini’s opera Gianni Schicchi, I Vow to Thee My Country, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and excerpts from Carmen.

As the concert starts, the two RAF spitfires will conduct a thrilling fly-past and dazzling display, encompassing horseshoe turns, rolls and loops.

Interval entertainment will be provided by the RAF Regiment Band and the evening will conclude with a firework fiesta.

Belton House general manager Alec Gordon said: “This year’s Belton Spitfire Proms promises to be better than ever.

“We have a fantastic line-up, and according to the latest forecasts, the weather will be on our side, so it promises to be a truly spectacular event.”

Visitors to the show are welcome to take along their own picnics and drinks to relax and really make it an evening to remember.

There is no dedicated seating, so families should take along their own picnic rugs, blankets or chairs. However, umbrellas, gazebos and barbecues are not allowed.

For those who don’t wish to take along their own culinary delights and bottles of wine, there will be a hog roast and bar available this year.

The Spitfire Prom will be a green event, powered by two biofuel generators. As a result, the National Trust is encouraging patrons to do their bit for the environment and either come to the event by public transport or share cars wherever possible.

Although tickets will be on sale at the gates, discounted prices are available on tickets bought in advance.

Gates open at 6pm with the concert starting at 7.30pm.

Advance tickets cost £29 for adults and £20 for children (£35 and £25 on the gate), while under-fives get in free.

Tickets are available at Belton House (Tel: 01476 566116) and at the Guildhall box office (Tel: 01476 406158).