A SPECTACULAR show at Highclere Castle will bring a summer celebration of uplifting music from the New English Concert Orchestra plus breathtaking aerial and pyrotechnic displays.

On Saturday, August 3 the Battle Proms Picnic Concert will take place with lots on offer for everyone to enjoy.

The musical delights start in the afternoon with the harmonies of the Battle Proms Belles warming up the crowd with their live band and culminate in a jubilant flag-waving, sing-along finale with all the traditional ‘last night of the proms’ favourites under a sky of dazzling fireworks.

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This year the orchestral programme includes iconic modern pieces such as Gershwin’s Summertime (performed by star soprano Denise Leigh) the Dam Busters March and the Downton Abbey Theme, for which Highclere Castle, the ‘Real Downton Abbey’ will make the perfect backdrop.

The audience will also be treated to beautiful classical favourites they know and love like Elgar’s Nimrod and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture which even comes with live cannon fire and fireworks.

Concert goers will also enjoy a horseback ‘Cavalry through the Ages’ show plus breathtaking displays from the British Army’s world-famous Red Devils parachutists and the legendary Grace Spitfire, an appearance made especially poignant in 2024 as this very plane shot down the first enemy aircraft on D-Day 80 years ago this June. 

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Then as darkness falls visitors can experience ground-shaking live fire from 200 cannons and magnificent firework displays alongside the music. 

All the action takes place on the lawns overlooking the iconic architecture of the castle.

If you haven’t yet got your tickets, the organisers are encouraging people to head to battleproms.com and book by the end of April to enjoy an early booking discount.