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Ragley Hall to host its 6th spectacular Battle Proms concert

Battle Proms Picnic Concert
The popular Battle Proms Picnic Concert will return to Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens on Saturday 13 August. Last year the picnic concert saw a record breaking crowd of over 7,000 invade the grounds for an exceptional evening of sublime classical music, carefully choreographed Spitfire and cavalry displays, dramatic cannon fire and a stunning firework finale – all part of the Battle Proms experience!

The Battle Proms will once again be raising funds for their charity partner Combat Stress: the UK’s leading mental health charity for Veterans. Last summer the incredibly generous audience at Ragley Hall donated nearly £9,000 on the night and helped the Battle Proms to raise over £45,700 over the course of the summer.

Much loved TV and radio presenter, author and celebrated compère Pam Rhodes will host the concert. The Rockabellas, today’s answer to The Andrews Sisters, will warm up the audience with an upbeat performance of unrivalled vintage vocals and will be joined by their new horn section, The Rockafellas!

Conducted by Douglas Coombes and performed by the New English Concert Orchestra, the orchestral programme will include classical favourites suited to the grandeur of the historic setting, from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture (which also gets the ‘Battle Proms treatment’ of live cannon fire) to a sing-along finale packed with favourites such as Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia.  Accompanying the orchestra will be the superb soprano Denise Leigh, who will perform enchanting arias before bringing the finale to life and the crowd to their feet, as the spectacular firework display lights up the summer sky.

Hilary Philpott, House Manager at Ragley Hall, Park & Gardens stated “We are delighted to host yet another popular and nostalgic Battle Proms concert. With our lakeside setting, Ragley Hall boasts a stunning, breath-taking location.  The orchestral music, cavalry displays and cannon fire come together to create a truly unique event culminating in an amazing fireworks display”.

Gates open at 4:30pm, entertainment begins from 6:20pm and the event finishes at 10.30pm. Adult tickets cost £37 if booked in advance and £42 on the day of concert (subject to availability). Tickets for children aged 5 to 15 cost £18 (children aged 4 and under are free). Advance group bookings of 10 or more qualify for a £2 reduction per ticket.

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