Blenheim Palace Battle Proms
PUBLISHED: 16:14 11 July 2011 | UPDATED: 19:41 20 February 2013
The UK's premier classical picnic proms is returning to Blenheim, with Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and fireworks
Blenheim Palace Battle Proms
The Battle Proms is back for its seventh year with another explosive summer firework concert at Blenheim Palace in Woodstock on Saturday, July 16. This local favourite is a uniquely British summer celebration; a last night of the proms with a few thunderous surprises let battle commence!
As well as sublime classical music, this unique open-air picnic concert features daring displays of Napoleonic horsemanship, a dazzling firework spectacular , 200 live cannons and even a carefully choreographed aerial display featuring that most iconic of battle planes, the Spitfire.
The musical programme includes soul-stirring classical favourites suited to the grandeur of the historic setting, from Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture, and Bachs Toccata and Fugue in D minor, to a sing-along finale packed with all the prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and, of course, Rule Britannia.
But it is Beethovens Battle Symphony that gives this unique event its name. This powerful piece of music was composed to celebrate the Duke of Wellingtons defeat of the French at the Battle of Vittoria in 1813. It is very rarely performed as Beethoven intended, with 193 live firing cannons as part of the score, but Battle Proms guests are treated to the full effect of this thunderous percussion, an experience not to be missed, and one you simply wont find anywhere else in the world!
Your host is much-loved Songs of Praise presenter and celebrated compre, Pam Rhodes and we are again delighted to have superb soprano Denise Leigh to bring the finale to life and the crowd to their feet before the spectacular firework display lights up the summer sky.
Widely regarded as one of the most exciting summer prom concerts in the country, this is an event that fans return to year after year. Pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party; whether youre planning a romantic evening as a couple, a celebration as a group, or want to enjoy an informal concert as a family then this could be the unique experience you have been looking for.
For more information, or to book tickets for this spectacular event, visit www.battleproms.com or call on 01432 355 416. You can also purchase tickets locally at selected Tourist Information Centres.
A little about Combat Stress:
The Battle Proms is proud to support Combat Stress: the Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society, which specialises in helping veterans of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy with psychological injuries caused through service to their country. Over the past 6 years a tremendous 80,000 has been raised for Combat Stress at the Battle Proms Concert series, both through audience donation and a contribution of the concerts profits.