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Ragley Battle Proms raises £8,986 for Combat Stress

Ragley Battle Proms crowd
A record crowd of 7,000 invaded Ragley for the 5th annual Battle Proms open air picnic concert on Saturday night, enjoying a breath-taking display by the RAF Falcons parachute display team followed by a carefully choreographed Spitfire display to the dramatic Nimrod by Elgar, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra and conducted by Douglas Coombes.

The full programme of sublime classical music also included the Battle Proms signature piece – Beethoven’s Battle Symphony – performed as he intended with the full complement of 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion!  

This year the Napoleonic Association joined the Battle Proms fresh from the battlefields of Waterloo, where they had participated in the Waterloo 200 programme of events, while Crown & Empire were also on hand with dramatic cavalry displays showing the ‘skill-at-arms’ that would have been seen in Belgium 200 years ago.  

Each year the concert raises funds for Combat Stress, the Veterans’ Mental Health Charity, which specialises in helping veterans of the Armed Forces and Merchant Navy with psychological injuries caused through service to their country. This year £8,986.96 was raised from audience donations at the Ragley Battle Proms!  

Said Amie Allen of Combat Stress: “We are delighted to be working with the Battle Proms again, and to date have raised over £225,000 at various concerts over the years. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the generous Ragley Battle Prommers, many of whom attend year on year and never fail to surprise us with their generosity.”  

The Battle Proms will return to Ragley on Saturday 20 August 2016.

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