Hatfield House Battle Proms backs Armed Forces charity

Flag waving finale at the Hatfield House Battle Proms [Picture: Jean Mower-Allard]

Flag waving finale at the Hatfield House Battle Proms [Picture: Jean Mower-Allard]

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An annual classical picnic proms returning to Hatfield this summer has announced its new charity partner.

Organisers of the Battle Proms concert at Hatfield House have confirmed a new charity partnership with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Since their first concert at the Hertfordshire stately home 18 years ago, Battle Proms promoters have been treating audiences to a memorable night out, and very early on started raising funds for military charities.

The event’s running total now stands at over £300,000.

The Battle Proms, the UK’s premier classical picnic proms, features sublime live music and dramatic Spitfire, cannon, cavalry and firework displays and is set to return to Hatfield House on Saturday, July 14.

Summer picnic concert at the Hatfield House Battle Proms Summer picnic concert at the Hatfield House Battle Proms

In 2018, the proms series will join forces with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, to raise funds for and awareness of their vital work with serving members, veterans and forces families.

Adam Slough, event director for the Battle Proms, explained the decision to work with SSAFA, which has been providing lifelong support to our Armed Forces and their families since 1885.

Mr Slough said: “While our concerts are very much summer celebrations and joyous occasions, we are mindful of the fact that much of the music we perform, such as our signature piece, Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’, was written to commemorate battles in which lives were lost.

“It seems only right, therefore, to use our concerts as a platform to raise awareness and funds for armed forces charities.

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“Thanks to the incredible generosity of our audience and the donations we have made from concert profits, we are very proud to have raised such an impressive sum to date, which has previous gone to support those working with the mental health of our veterans.

“We are delighted that, in partnering with SSAFA, we are able to continue to support such vital work, while also contributing to an expanded range of vital services that support a larger number of the armed forces communities.”

Jonathan Sandall, director of fundraising at SSAFA, welcomed the Battle Proms link up.

He said: “We are thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic and uplifting occasion, focusing on our pride for the Armed Forces.

“It’s a year of great celebration, being 100 years since the end of the First World War, as such it seems especially fitting that we are working with such a poignant event.”

To find out how you can book tickets to join the Battle Proms’ 18th annual concert in the leafy and historic Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House, and support the work of SSAFA, go to www.battleproms.com

• For more information about SSAFA, visit www.ssafa.org.uk and follow the charity on Twitter @SSAFA

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Evening picnic at Battle Proms in Hatfield [Picture: Tammy Marlar] Evening picnic at Battle Proms in Hatfield [Picture: Tammy Marlar]

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