Battle Proms pictures from Hatfield House concert

PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 July 2012 | UPDATED: 21:16 25 July 2012

Battle Proms 2012 at Hatfield House

Battle Proms 2012 at Hatfield House

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THOUSANDS of music-lovers descended upon Hatfield House over the weekend for Battle Proms.

Battle Proms 2012 at Hatfield HouseBattle Proms 2012 at Hatfield House

The annual classical picnic proms returned to Hatfield Park once again on Saturday.

And, after weeks of rain, the sun shone throughout the day at the Hertfordshire stately home, much to the delight of patriotic festival-goers.

Proms revellers were entertained by Napoleonic mounted skill-at-arms from expert cavalry troop Crown and Empire and an amazing aerobatic display by The Blades, which could be seen from the other side of Hatfield.

Gunners of the English Field Artillery Company then fired a volley of shots in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Battle Proms 2012 at Hatfield HouseBattle Proms 2012 at Hatfield House

The orchestral performance on stage opened with two Sir Edward Elgar pieces, with a World War Two Spitfire flying overhead, thrilling the audience.

As usual, the classical music programme was accompanied by live cannons and fireworks exploding in time to Beethoven’s Battle Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

The night ended with the flag-waving crowd enjoying a singalong to traditional Last Night of the Proms classics, followed by an awesome firework display.

* Click on the links above right to see pictures of this year’s Battle Proms.

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