Battle Proms concert returns to Ragley Hall

Battle Proms, Blenheim Palace

Battle Proms, Blenheim Palace - Credit: Archant

Ragley is to host its fourth Battle Proms open air concert on Saturday August 16.

The Battle Proms / Photo: Kevin Shaw

The Battle Proms / Photo: Kevin Shaw - Credit: Archant

Guests can enjoy a blend of musical talent, expert displays, pyrotechnics and, as an added bonus, guests can take advantage of a special early bird offer with adult tickets priced at £35 until August 15 (£40 on the day).

Summer picnic at The Battle Proms

Summer picnic at The Battle Proms - Credit: Archant

The event starts from 4.30pm when guests can wander around the traditional fairground stalls and visit the re-enactors at their encampment. This year the popular mounted skill-at-arms display by an expert cavalry troop will be carried out in WW1 regalia to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, one of many elements in the 2014 programme that will pay homage to this important historical anniversary.

At 6:30pm ‘The Rockabellas’ will take to the stage hoping to get everyone into the party spirit. The gunners of the English Field Artillery Company will herald the start of the musical programme at 7:25pm with a volley of shots.

The music begins at 7.30pm with classical favourites performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes and hosted by BBC presenter Pam Rhodes. Carolyn Grace in the legendary Grace Spitfire will be performing a carefully choreographed aerial display in accompaniment to the concert’s opening piece. The ground will shake for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives the Battle Proms its name: Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, more commonly known as the ‘Battle Symphony’, performed with a staggering 193 cannons, musket fire and fireworks.

The evening ends around 10pm with the traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a firework spectacular.

Emma Maguire, Business Development Manager at Ragley said: “Ragley is delighted to be the setting for another popular and nostalgic Battle Proms concert. With our lakeside setting, Ragley has a stunning and breath-taking location. The wonderful orchestral music, cavalry displays and cannon fire come together to create a truly unique event culminating in an amazing fireworks display. I would strongly urge guests to book their tickets early and take advantage of some fantastic savings with our early bird offer!”

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