By Alan Davies
Monday, July 22, 2013
THOUSANDS of revellers packed Hatfield Park on Saturday for the annual Battle Proms concert.
Held in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House, the hugely popular picnic proms featured cannons, Napoleonic cavalry displays, a Spitfire flying overhead, fireworks and a sublime programme of classical music.
The Rockabellas entertained the audience on stage before the world-renowned Blades Aerobatics team performed a thrilling aerial display above Hatfield.
Chris Cann (@cann_the_man) caught some of the action for a nearby golf course.
He tweeted: “@whtimes was on last hole of par 3 at @MillGreenGC and got a great front row view of the aerial display over Hatfield house!!! #amazing”
A cavalry troop then demonstrated Napoleonic skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship, before the musical programme began around 8pm.
A salute by gunners of the English Field Artillery Company heralded the evening’s classical music.
A spectacular Spitfire air display, meticulously choreographed to the opening music, followed.
Conducted by Douglas Coombes, the musical programme included Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with cannons.
That served as a pyrotechnic warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives Battle Proms its name.
Beethoven’s Wellington Victory, also known as the Battle Symphony, was accompanied by live cannons, musket fire and fireworks, as organisers marked 200 years since the battle which inspired its composition – Wellington’s famous defeat of the French at Vittoria.
The evening came to a rousing finale with traditional Last Night of the Proms favourites, accompanied by a huge firework display.
However, some residents weren’t happy at the series of loud explosions late at night.
Taking to mico-blogging site Twitter, Christopher Baynes (@cjbaynes) tweeted: “@whtimes @BattleProms @Hatfield_House Keep the noise down!! #howmanyfireworks”
While Howard Berry ☮(@howardberry) tweeted: “My thoughts are that they should notify local residents to expect the noise in advance.”
Hatfield House hosted music festival Folk by the Oak the following day.