Hatfield House Battle Proms early booking ticket offer ends this month

PUBLISHED: 13:32 14 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:32 14 April 2017

Bunting and crowds at the Battle Proms

Bunting and crowds at the Battle Proms

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An early booking offer for this summer’s Battle Proms concert at Hatfield House ends soon.

Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016 Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016

The UK’s premier picnic proms, featuring classical music, a Spitfire flying overhead, cannons, cavalry and fireworks, returns to the grounds of Hatfield House on Saturday, July 15.

Battle Promenaders have until the end of the month to buy tickets £8 cheaper than the price on the gate.

Adult tickets for Battle Proms at the Hertfordshire stately home cost £35 until midnight on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

The price rises to £38 from May 1 until the day before the concert.

Fireworks at Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016 Fireworks at Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016

Tickets cost £43 on the day of the classical concert, subject to availability, online until 4.30pm or with cash on the gate.

A Battle Proms spokeswoman said: “We are delighted to be entering our 20th anniversary season and hope that you will be joining us this summer for another memorable afternoon and evening of sublime music and dramatic displays.

“Be sure to book by the end of the month to get your adult tickets for just £35, or £33 for group bookings of 10 or more tickets.”

Children aged five to 15 years pay £18 at all times. Ages four and under are free and do not require a ticket.

All under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over 18 years old.

Organisers this year are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Battle Proms, although the series first came to Hatfield House in 2001.

The inaugural Battle Proms was held at Battle Abbey, East Sussex, in 1997, and from this it has grown into the UK’s leading picnic concert series, set at the UK’s finest stately homes.

As well as Hatfield House on July 15, there will be Battle Proms concerts this year at Burghley House, Lincolnshire, on Saturday, July 8, at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, on July 22, at Hampshire’s Highclere Castle on August 5, and at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, on August 12.

Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016 photo competition winner by Christine Matthews Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016 photo competition winner by Christine Matthews

The creation of the Battle Proms came from a desire to make best use of the 200 live firing replica Napoleonic cannon that were taking up a lot of room in the yards of the English Field Artillery Company.

The only sensible use for this amount of guns was to perform Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’ as the composer intended, with 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion.

Beethoven’s Battle Symphony was written in 1813 to celebrate Wellington’s victory over the French at the Battle of Vittoria.

It is this signature piece which gives the Battle Proms its name and lends a unique and spectacular twist to all Battle Proms concerts.

A spokeswoman for JSL Productions said: “Over the years we have strived to create one of the most distinct and comprehensive concert programmes in the UK.

“We look forward to welcoming you to one of our spectacular venues for an unforgettable night of breathtaking, groundshaking entertainment.”

• To book tickets, visit the Battle Proms website at www.battleproms.com

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