Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Prepare to wave those Union flags

LIVE cannon fire, a Spitfire aerial display and rousing classical music will be all part of the action at this

LIVE cannon fire, a Spitfire aerial display and rousing classical music will be all part of the action at this year’s Battle Proms, writes Lesley Potter.

Staged in the grounds of Highclere Castle the event, now in its 13th year, gives audiences the chance to wave flags and generally be patriotic for the evening.

This year the Grace Spitfire aerial display will fly to Elgar’s Pomp And Circumstance No 4 and Symphony No 1. There will also be a precision aerobatic display from ex-RAF fighter pilots The Blades.

The Battle Proms also offers a full two-hour programme of classical music performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes.

Soprano Denise Leigh, who performed at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic games, is back, along with violinist Katy Smith who will give a virtuoso performance of the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. BBC presenter and broadcaster Pam Rhodes will once again present the concerts.

This year the Battle Proms team are celebrating the 200th anniversary of their signature piece, Beethoven’s Battle Symphony which was written to celebrate Wellington’s defeat of the French at the Battle of Vittoria in Spain in 1813, with 193 live firing cannons and musket fire providing the percussion as Beethoven intended.

Audiences are invited to bring a picnic to the outdoor event.

To book tickets visit the website at www.battleproms.com or call 01432 355416.

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