Hatfield House Battle Proms early booking offer set to end soon

PUBLISHED: 21:42 28 April 2018 | UPDATED: 21:42 28 April 2018

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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Time is running out to buy tickets for this summer’s Hatfield House Battle Proms concert before the price goes up.

Battle Proms cavalry display in full 1918 regaliaBattle Proms cavalry display in full 1918 regalia

The UK’s premier classical picnic proms with Spitfire, cannon, cavalry and fireworks returns to the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home on Saturday, July 14.

The leafy surrounds of the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field will once again play host to an expected crowd of around 8,000 happy picnickers, when the Battle Proms returns to Hatfield House for its 18th annual concert in this historic setting – Elizabeth I’s childhood home.

Tickets for Battle Proms currently cost £36 per adult.

As from Tuesday, May 1, 2018, the price will be £39. Tickets will cost £44 on the day, subject to availability.

Pam Rhodes interviews the Red Devils Freefall Display Team at the Battle PromsPam Rhodes interviews the Red Devils Freefall Display Team at the Battle Proms

Child tickets, aged five to 15, are £18 at all times. Youngsters aged four and under are free, and do not require a ticket.

The concert includes a full programme of captivating classical music from the 60-piece New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE and joined by soprano Denise Leigh.

This will be complemented by toe-tapping vintage vocals from duo The Vignettes, aka Pippa and Lizzie, a breathtaking Spitfire display to Elgar’s Nimrod, sensational freefall demonstration by The Red Devils parachute team, and ground-shaking live fire from over 200 cannon.

With 2018 marking 100 years since the end of the Great War, there will be a dramatic skill-at-arms cavalry display in full WW1 regalia.

Battle Proms at Hatfield House [Picture: Tammy Marlar]Battle Proms at Hatfield House [Picture: Tammy Marlar]

To commemorate 100 years since the end of the war, gunners will also herald the commencement of the musical programme and the arrival of the Spitfire with a volley of shots from a vintage 13-pounder field gun, accompanied by piper Mark Bisset.

This quintessentially British ‘party in the park’ concert also features magnificent musical firework displays, culminating in a flag-waving, sing-a-long, firework spectacular including all the ‘Last Night of the Proms’ finale favourites such as Rule Britannia!, Jerusalem, and Land of Hope and Glory.

The Battle Proms is still believed to be the only opportunity in the world to see its signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony – performed as he composed it, complete with 193 live firing Napoleonic cannon providing a thunderous percussion.

Since 2004, through audience donations and contributions from concert profits, Battle Proms events have raised over £330,000 for military charities.

Battle PromsBattle Proms

In 2018, the Battle Proms will be supporting SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, who provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they are needed.

As in previous years, the concert will be compèred by Pam Rhodes.

The much-loved BBC Songs of Praise presenter is delighted to be returning to the Battle Proms at Hatfield House.

She said: “I’m so proud to be working with the Battle Proms again, especially in light of the amazing generosity of the audience and organisers, who have raised over £330,000 for military charities to date.

Battle Proms fireworks [Picture: Jean Mower-Allard]Battle Proms fireworks [Picture: Jean Mower-Allard]

“In a year that we commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 and mark the 100th anniversary of the RAF, it seems fitting that the Battle Proms has selected such an appropriate charity partner by choosing to join forces with SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity.

“I’m very excited about presenting SSAFA and their vital work to our generous audience and watching the wallets open, the raffle tickets sell and the buckets fill with donations.

“And, of course, it’s always a joy to watch the audience enjoying the sublime music and spectacular displays which this year include a daring cavalry display in full WW1 regalia, a meticulously choreographed Spitfire display and breathtaking freefall demonstration by the Red Devils freefall parachute display team.”

• For more information, or to book tickets for this summer spectacular, visit www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355 416.

Battle Proms fireworks [Picture: Jean Mower-Allard]Battle Proms fireworks [Picture: Jean Mower-Allard]

• Folk by the Oak, a festival of folk’s finest acts gathered together in beautiful leafy parkland for one uplifting summer day of music, takes place at Hatfield House the day after the Battle Proms concert on Sunday, July 15.


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