The Passchendale Salute
Battle Proms Master Gunmaker John Slough recently undertook to organise the Passchendaele Salute: a 100 shell salute on 10 November 2017 at Fort de Seclin in northern France, to mark 100 years since the end of the Battle of Passchendaele and honour the many artillery gunners who took part.
Our gun team and the vintage 13 pounder field gun that heralds the start of the Battle Proms orchestral performances was joined by WW1 artillery and volunteers from UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and France for the salute, which took place under the patronage of Mrs Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada.
The Battle Proms team are proud to have been a part of this important commemorative event.
For further information please see the Passchendaele Salute website.
John Slough (far right) and the Battle Proms Gunners at the 2016 Burghley House Battle Proms by Ruth Broadbent
The 100th Battle Proms Concert Will Take Place on Saturday 4 August 2018!
Now world famous as Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle first hosted the Battle Proms in 2001, making it one of our longest running venues alongside Hatfield House. The Battle Proms take place on the lawns directly in front of the castle affording wonderful views of this now iconic building.
1997 - 2017: The 20th Anniversary of the Battle Proms!
In 1997 we had the idea to stage a picnic concert with a full orchestral performance of Beethoven's Battle Symphony, true to his original composition, with 193 live firing cannon providing the percussion. 20 years and we celebrated our 20th season of staging our Battle Proms Picnic Concerts at some of the most stunning stately home grounds the UK has to offer. Thank you to the 40,000 plus picnickers who joined us in 2017 and made our 20th anniversary season so spectacular and memorable!
We are also very proud of our ongoing relationship with our charity partner Combat Stress, and the fundraising success we have achieved over the years for this vital cause.
2016 Fundraising Success
While our events are very much a summer celebration, we are always mindful of the fact that music such as the Battle Symphony was written to commemorate a battle in which lives were lost, and that war continues today, in various guises, with the men and women of the armed forces still facing incredibly traumatic experiences.
As a result the Battle Proms team decided to support the armed forces charity Combat Stress, who have been our charity partner since 2004. Over this time our audience has been overwhelmingly generous and through your kind donations and our own contribution from the concert’s profits, we raised over £47,000 for Combat Stress in 2015, taking the total raised since our partnership began to £287,663.89!