Explosions, fireworks and a Spitfire at Hatfield House Battle Proms tonight

PUBLISHED: 14:35 20 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:39 22 July 2013

Fireworks finish at Battle Proms

Fireworks finish at Battle Proms

Casey Gutteridge, CPG Photography

IT has got live cannons, thrilling Napoleonic cavalry displays, a Spitfire flying overhead, fireworks and sublime classical music. It can only be Battle Proms 2013 at Hatfield House this evening (Saturday).

Battle Proms crowd with flags as a Spitfire flies overhead [Picture: Paul Bryant Photography]Battle Proms crowd with flags as a Spitfire flies overhead [Picture: Paul Bryant Photography]

IF you hear loud explosions – lots of them – in Hatfield tonight (Saturday), don’t be alarmed.

It is only the annual Battle Proms concert at Hatfield House, featuring live cannons and a dazzling fireworks finale.

The hugely popular picnic proms returns to the beautiful setting of the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in Hatfield Park for an unforgettable evening of sublime music and breathtaking displays, both in the air and on the ground.

Gates to the park open at 4.30pm and warm-up entertainment includes the lovely Rockabellas – the Andrew Sisters of today – performing on stage.

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Spectators will need to look to the skies from 7pm onwards, as the world-renowned Blades Aerobatics team perform their thrilling and dynamic aerial display.

The sound of thundering hooves will be heard from 7.15pm, when cavalry troop Crown and Empire demonstrate Napoleonic skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship, before the musical programme begins at 8pm.

A salute by gunners of the English Field Artillery Company will herald the evening’s classical music, with a volley of shots fired from an authentic vintage field gun.

There will also be a Spitfire air display, meticulously choreographed to the opening music, including Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 4.

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Conducted by Douglas Coombes and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, a stirring programme of classical music will feature enchanting songs and arias from acclaimed soprano Denise Leigh, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannons serving as a pyrotechnical warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives Battle Proms its name.

Beethoven’s Wellington Victory, also known as the Battle Symphony will be accompanied by 193 live cannons, musket fire and fireworks, as organisers mark 200 years since the battle which inspired its composition – Wellington’s famous defeat of the French at Vittoria.

The evening will come to a rousing finale with traditional proms favourites, with Denise leading the patriotic crowd in a jubilant flag-waving sing-along to the likes of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory and more.

To close a wonderful night’s entertainment, there will be a spectacular firework display accompanied by music. Battle Proms will finish around 10.30pm.

Blades will be flying over this year's Battle Proms in the grounds of Hatfield HouseBlades will be flying over this year's Battle Proms in the grounds of Hatfield House

If there are any tickets left, these can be purchased on the gate for £39 per adult.

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