October 2 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thousands of revellers pitched up at Hatfield House yesterday (Saturday) for the annual Battle Proms concert.
More than 7,000 people attended the ever-popular classical concert in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home.
Despite the threat of thundery showers, the rain stayed away and party-loving picnickers were treated to another entertaining night at the proms.
This year’s Battle Proms programme was designed to commemorate the centenary of World War One – and organisers did that in some style.
As always, the summer event featured sublime classical music performed by The New English Concert Orchestra, stunning fireworks, a breathtaking Spitfire air show and explosive live cannons, all in the beautiful surroundings of the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House.
Members of the audience were also entertained by impressive mounted skill-at-arms displays carried out in full 1914 World War One regalia, while female trio The Rockabellas performed a medley of songs popularised during the war.
A First World War gun salute heralded the evening’s main musical event, with The English Field Artillery Company firing a WW1 13 pounder QF field gun.
There then followed an air display by a World War Two Spitfire, while the classical programme included Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture and Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Wellington Victory, or Battle Symphony, both accompanied by live cannon fire.
The night came to a rousing climax with traditional Proms favourites and a firework finale.
Battle Proms is provisionally due to return to Hatfield House next year on Saturday, July 18.
* See next week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out Wednesday, for full report and more pictures from Battle Proms 2014. Get a copy of the paper to see if you are pictured.