THE countdown is on for Battle Proms, returning to Burghley House for a seventh year on Saturday, July 9.
As well as sublime classical music, this 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 sing-along finale is, of course, packed with all the prom favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.
But it is Beethoven’s Battle Symphony that gives this unique event its name. This powerful piece of music was composed to celebrate the Duke of Wellington’s 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 won’t find anywhere else in the world.
Your host is much loved Songs of Praise presenter and celebrated compère, 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 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 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 from Burghley House and Stamford Arts Centre.