Battle Proms Picnic Concert 2021 at Blenheim Palace
About the Battle Proms Picnic Concert 2021
The Battle Proms Picnic Concert 2021 is a full 2-hour orchestral concert from The New English Concert Orchestra, led by Douglas Coombes MBE and compered by much-loved BBC presenter Pam Rhodes, and will include a host of well-known uplifting classical pieces.
The extensive programme of entertainment will also include a toe-tapping warm-up act, thrilling historic cavalry displays, a meticulously choreographed aerial display from a WWII Spitfire, The Red Devils parachute display team (to be confirmed), live firing cannons and, of course, spectacular fireworks.
The Battle Proms is still believed to be the only opportunity in the world to see the signature piece – Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’ – performed as he composed it: with 193 live Napoleonic cannons providing a thunderous percussion!
The Battle Proms Concerts are the longest-running picnic proms series in the UK and whether you’re planning a romantic evening as a couple, a celebration as a group, or want to enjoy an informal concert as a family, then this could be a unique experience you have been looking for.
Since 2004, through audience donations and contributions from concert profits, Battle Proms events have raised over £450,000 for military charities. In 2021 they will again support SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, which provides lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they are needed.
3.30pm - Gates open
Unpack the picnic, pop the champagne corks and settle in for a fabulous afternoon and evening of spectacular entertainment!
6.15pm - Napoleonic Cavalry Display
Enjoy a thrilling mounted skill-at-arms display by our expert cavalry troop in full Napoleonic regalia.
6.45pm - The Red Devils
The Red Devils, the world-famous British Army parachute display team, perform their spectacular freefall demonstration in the skies above the concert.
7.00pm - Live Warm-Up Act
Expect a wealth of vintage favourites to get you in the Battle Proms mood, plus optional singing, dancing and clapping along! Perfect for getting the toes tapping and the Champagne corks popping.
7.55pm - The Evening Gun Salute
The gunners herald the commencement of the musical programme and the arrival of the Spitfire with a volley of shots.
8.00pm - The Musical Programme
The evening continues with an 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.
8.00pm - Spitfire Air Display
The historic and unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbles overhead in accompaniment to the concert’s opening pieces. This meticulously choreographed and tear-jerking aerial display is performed by the legendary Grace Spitfire in the skies around the arena.
10.30pm - Fireworks Finale
The perfect summer evening closes with the traditional flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a dazzling firework spectacular!