The Red Devils parachute display team to drop in on Hatfield Battle Proms concert

PUBLISHED: 17:35 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 24 April 2017

The Red Devils are confirmed to jump in on this year's Battle Proms at Hatfield House

The Red Devils are confirmed to jump in on this year's Battle Proms at Hatfield House

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The Red Devils will drop in on this year’s Battle Proms concert in Hatfield.

Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016Hatfield House Battle Proms 2016

Battle Proms returns to the grounds of Hatfield House on Saturday, July 15.

And in a very special addition to the Battle Proms’ 20th anniversary programme, The Parachute Regiment and British Army’s official parachute display team will perform their spectacular freefall demonstration in the skies above the concert.

As well as The Red Devils, the UK’s premier picnic proms features classical music, a Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and fireworks.

Battle Proms organisers tweeted: “Exciting news! @RedDevilsOnline will perform their spectacular freefall demo at our @Hatfield_House concert! #EarlyBooking offer ends 30 Apr”

An early booking offer for this summer’s Battle Proms runs out at the end of the month.

Battle Promenaders have until April 30 to buy tickets £8 cheaper than the price on the gate.

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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.

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

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

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 there 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.

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 that 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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