Battle Proms once again proves a success as 7,000 descend on Burghley House
On Saturday night about 7,000 picnic fans and music lovers packed up the hampers and champers and headed to celebrated local landmark Burghley House in Stamford for the 14th annual Battle Proms Concert, a summer celebration with sublime orchestral music and dramatic Spitfire, cannon, cavalry and firework displays.
The concert, which was blessed with perfect weather, included a full programme of captivating classical music from the 60-piece New English Concert Orchestra complemented by toe-tapping vintage vocals, breathtaking Spitfire display to Elgar’s Nimrod, sensational freefall demonstration by The Red Devils parachute team, dramatic First World War cavalry display and groundshaking live fire from more than 200 cannons!
The event also provided what is still believed to be the only opportunity in the world to see their signature piece – Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’ – performed as he composed it: with 193 live firing Napoleonic cannons providing a thunderous percussion!
The party in the park culminated in magnificent firework displays set to music and the flag-waving crowds enjoyed a patriotic sing-a-long as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory brought the event to a close.
Through audience generosity and donations for the concert profits by organisers JSL Productions, the Battle Proms has raised over £334,900 for military charities to date. On Saturday night they joined forces with a new charity partner, SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, which provides lifelong support to our forces, veterans and their families wherever and whenever it is needed.
“It was fabulous to meet the SSAFA team last night” says Emma Dexter, marketing manager for the Battle Proms.
“They came with a team of energetic and smiling volunteers who engaged brilliantly with our audience. We are very proud to be able to support such a worthwhile cause in such a constructive manor, raising funds for and awareness of the vital work they do in the armed forces communities."
The Burghley House Battle Proms audience yet again proved incredibly generous, donating a fantastic £7,114.66 on the night.
James Grant, head of fundraising and events at SSAFA, was on site to witness their generosity. “We’re so grateful to everyone who donated to SSAFA on Saturday and contributed to the total amount raised. It’s vital that we raise awareness and funds to ensure we can continue to support our Armed Forces and their families. The Battle Proms season is a great opportunity for us to do that and we are delighted that they have chosen as their charity partner this year.”