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By Alan Davies
Friday, April 27, 2012
TICKETS for this summer’s Battle Proms concert at Hatfield House go up in price at the beginning of next month.
Discounted early bird tickets for the classical picnic proms currently cost £30.50 per adult. The price goes up from May 1 to £33.
The full musical programme for the proms concert in the grounds of Hatfield House has also been announced.
Taking place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field, the hugely popular classical picnic proms returns to the stately home on Saturday, July 21.
An unforgettable evening of sublime music is promised, with Napoleonic cavalry displays, a WW2 Spitfire flying overhead, cannons firing in time to the music and a spectacular fireworks finale all thrown into the mix.
As well as the usual entertainment, there will also be a gun salute in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Following mounted skill-at-arms displays from expert cavalry troops, the musical programme hosted by BBC presenter Pam Rhodes will start at 8pm featuring all the familiar proms favourites.
Under the baton of Douglas Coombes, the classical programme will open with Sir Edward Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No.5 and Nimrod, from the Enigma Variations.
Both pieces will be accompanied by the Spitfire display.
Max Bruch’s Violin concerto No 1 (Finale) and Jules Massenet’s Méditation from Thaïs will also entertain the audience before Franz von Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture will be accompanied by a musical ride from the Napoleonic cavalry.
The first half of the programme will be completed by Giuseppe Verdi’s Merce, dilette amiche from I Vespri Siciliani, Giacomo Puccini’s Vissi d’arte from Tosca and then Tchaikovsky’s famous 1812 Overture, with live firing cannons and a flurry of fireworks.
Following the interval, the classical concert will feature Johann Strauss II’s Unter Donner und Blitz and Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers before one of the highlights of the evening.
Ludwig van Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory – Battle Symphony, also known as Battle of Vittoria, will be performed complete with 193 live cannons, musket fire and fireworks.
After John Philip Sousa’s The Liberty Bell and The Sailors Hornpipe, acclaimed soprano Denise Leigh will then lead the crowd in a flag-waving singalong of Last Night of the Proms favourites Jerusalem, Rule, Brittania and Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No. 1 (Land of Hope and Glory), with the last two pieces accompanied by a choreographed firework display.
A rousing finale of God Save the Queen will round off the classical picnic proms for another year.
Book online at www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355416.