19th Aug, 2017

Cannons primed as Battle Proms gets ready for Ragley Hall concert

THE countdown has started for the Battle Proms at Ragley Hall next Saturday, August 12.

Featuring a roll call of entertainment, concertgoers are invited to pick their spot in the natural auditorium, unpack the picnic, pop the cork on their favourite tipple and settle in for a fabulous afternoon and evening of spectacular entertainment.

Not only that but there will be plenty of time to check out the stalls giving away free samples, win a prize at the traditional fair, visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment and admire the horses and riders as Crown and Empire parade.

Gates open at 4pm followed and the entertainment starts at 5.50pm with a display of Napoleonic Cavalry.

At 6.20pm enter The Red Devils performing a spectacular freefall demonstration in the skies above the auditorium.

They’ll be followed at 6.30pm by a concert by The Jazz Spivs bringing a touch of 1920’s glitz and glamour to the Battle Proms.

Then, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, a volley of shots will be fired from a World War One vintage 13 pounder field gun, before a lone piper plays.

This will herald the arrival of the Grace Spitfire. Piloted by Caroyln Grace, she’ll perform a series of flypasts of the auditorium, making the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, a lump appear in your throat and bring a tear to the eye.

The evening concert starts at 7.30pm, featuring a programme of uplifting and inspiring celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes.

Listen out for the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, performed with a thunderous percussion of real cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm up to the signature piece: Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’ featuring 193 cannons.

It’s all rounded off with a breathtaking firework display.

For tickets, priced £38, visit http://bit.ly/2h910nv

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