Cannons to fire at Battle Proms

FAMILIES will be able to enjoy a picnic and some rousing music during a summer concert.

The popular Battle Proms concert is returning to Burghley House, in Stamford, for the seventh year running.

The concert on July 9 will be offering a traditional British summer celebration

Music fans will be able to tuck into an open air picnic along with enjoying daring displays of Napoleonic era horsemanship.

The event will also include spectacular fireworks and a carefully choreographed aerial display, featuring iconic Spitfires.

This is one of a series of six concerts being held across the country, which will be raising money for Combat Stress.

About 4,000 people packed into Burghley last year to enjoy the popular concert.

The musical programme includes classical favourites from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

The programme will also include a sing-along finale packed with all the prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.

The audience will also be treated to a version of Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, with live cannons firing.

The symphony, written to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Vittoria in 1813, is rarely played with the cannon accompaniment but Stamford audiences will have that pleasure.

Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes will host the event .

Soprano Denise Leigh will bring the finale to life before a spectacular firework display.

A spokesman for organisers, JSL Promotions, said: “Pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party; whether you’re 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.”

Ticket prices range from £29.50 to £37 for adults and £15 for children aged between five and 15.

To book go to www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355 416.

Gates open 4.30pm, with entertainment from 6.30pm.