Battle Proms Picnic Concert 2022 at Blenheim Palace
About the Battle Proms Picnic Concert 2022
A highlight of the summer social calendar at Blenheim Palace, The Battle Proms is the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a spectacular and memorable night out in a stunning setting at the world heritage site.
Expect an afternoon of breath-taking displays from the riders of the Battle Proms Napoleonic cavalry and The Red Devils – the British Army and Parachute Regiments official display team.
The extensive programme of entertainment will also include a toe-tapping warm-up actand champagne corks popping with their sing-a-long vintage vocals, warming up the audience for the full orchestral programme from the New English Concert Orchestra.
The opening pieces of the orchestral programme herald the arrival of the iconic Grace Spitfire, performing a meticulously choreographed aerial display. The audience are treated to classical favourites such as the 1812 overture and Battle Proms signature piece, Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, performed as he composed it with 193 live firing Napoleonic cannon providing a thunderous percussion!
Acclaimed soprano Denise Leigh leads the crowd in a jubilant flag-waving finale with Jerusalem, Rule, Britannia!, Land of Hope and Glory and more, before the perfect British summer evening closes with magnificent musical firework displays!
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.
Programme (To be confirmed)
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!