MUSIC TO FLY BY
Music lovers attending the Battle Proms at Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall this Saturday 15th August are in for a real night to remember. Marking the 70th anniversary of V-J Day, in addition to an evening of classical music, there will be Spitfire and cavalry displays, canon fire and a spectacular fireworks finale.
One of the highlights of the evening will be the RAF Falcons, the military’s premier parachute display team, performing an array of advanced freefall manoeuvres with falling speeds of up to 120mph. Battle Prommers will also be treated to The Falcon’s unique, non-contact stack which has become synonymous with them over the last 50 years.
The Battle Proms takes much of its inspiration from the Napoleonic wars, which came to a conclusion 200 years ago at the Battle of Waterloo. As well as marking the 200th anniversary, the team are also celebrating 75 years since the Battle of Britain and 70 years since V-J Day. These key events will be marked with a number of additions to the programme including The Battle of Britain Evening Gun Salute as the gunners herald the arrival of the Grace Spitfire with a volley of shots from a vintage 13 Pounder field gun.
TV and radio presenter, author and compère, Pam Rhodes will host the event and the Rockabellas, today’s answer to The Andrews Sisters, will warm up the audience with an upbeat performance of unrivalled vintage vocals.
Later in the programme Battle Promenaders will be treated to the Battle Proms signature piece ‘Beethoven’s Battle Symphony’, performed with the full complement of 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion! Conducted by Douglas Coombes and performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, the programme also includes classics from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture to favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. Accompanying the orchestra will be soprano Denise Leigh, who will perform arias before bringing the finale to life as the spectacular firework display lights up the sky.
Andrew Mason, Operations Manager at Ragley said, “Ragley is delighted to have The Falcons perform a parachute display at the popular Battle Proms concert. With our lakeside setting, Ragley has a stunning, breath-taking location. The orchestral music, cavalry displays and cannon fire come together to create a truly unique event culminating in an amazing fireworks display”.
Ragley Hall itself is at the heart of the 6,500-acre Ragley Estate and dates back to 1680. As well as it being a thriving country estate with a farm, butchers and sawmill, Ragley Hall, park and gardens are a tourist attraction and venue for many outstanding events. It is also home to the 9th Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford and their young family.
Gates open at 4.00pm on Saturday, entertainment begins at 5.50pm. Adult tickets cost £36 if booked in advance and £40 on the day of the concert.
Further information and to book tickets visit: www.battleproms.com
And for information on Ragley Hall visit: www.ragley.co.uk