Tickets on sale for proms

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Dark evenings, cold mornings and the countdown to Christmas are the thoughts on most people’s minds this week.

But it doesn’t mean you can’t dream of balmy summer days filled with champagne, picnics and sublime classical music, as the Battle Proms organisers announce that tickets for their 2012 summer concert series are now on sale.

The eight annual Burghley House Battle Proms concert – sponsored by the Mercury – will take place on Saturday, July 7. As well as the usual highlights such as the Napoleonic cavalry, 200 live cannons, Spitfire display, fireworks and a singalong proms finale, it will include a diamond jubilee gun salute from a vintage QF Field Gun fired manually by a team of gunners. Find out more about the early online booking discounts available by going to