The Battle Proms at Ragley takes place in the picturesque setting overlooking the lake, providing a dramatic backdrop and making for breathtaking effects during the pyrotechnic displays.
Ragley Hall was designed in 1680 and remains the family home of the Marquess and Marchioness of Hertford, managing to retain its family charm despite the thousands of people who visit each year.
The Palladian House is a well preserved
example of a Regency interior with magnificent baroque plasterwork and
is set in beautiful formal gardens and 400 acres of parkland.
Ragley Hall official website: www.ragleyhall.com.
£29.00 if booked before 31 January 2013 (Online purchase only)
£31.50 if booked between 1 February 2013 and 30 April 2013
£34.00 if booked from 1 May 2013 until the day before the concert
Child aged 5 to 15:
£16.00 (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket)
£240.00 for a table of 4
£340.00 for a table of 6
Battle Proms Concerts are proud to offer a £2 discount per ticket to serving and retired military personnel - please call the Box Office on 01432 355 416 to redeem .
Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJFor detailed directions to Ragley Hall please click here. For a list of places to stay nearby please click here.
Order here online andon arrival at the concert.
You can also hire chairs, tables and pre-erected gazebos to help make your Battle Proms evening extra special.
Order here online and pick up on arrival at the concert.
(NOTE - Strictly limited availability on gazebos - please book early to avoid disappointment)
Food, Drink, Friends
Music, Spectacle, Ambience
Discover a unique experience at the 3rd annual Ragley Hall Battle Proms Concert:
4.30pm Gates Open
Relax with your hampers and champers, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment and get in the party spirit as warm-up act The Rockabellas take to the stage!
The Blades Aerobatic Display Team
The world renowned Blades Aerobatic Team perform their dynamic and breathtaking aerial display. You could fly with the Blades: Visit their stall on site for exclusive charity flight bookings being taken on the night! Proceeds from these flights will go to the Battle Proms charity partner, Combat Stress.
A video of The Blades in action
The Blades passenger experience - this could be you!
6.45pm Napoleonic Cavalry and Infantry displays
There’s a thundering of hooves as the mounted cavalry invite you to discover the colour and chivalry of the Napoleonic era, demonstrating battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship.
7.25pm Evening Gun Salute
The gunners of the English Field Artillery Company herald the commencement of the evening’s musical programme with a volley of shots from an authentic vintage field gun.
7.30pm-10.00pm 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, and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes.
The historic and unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbles overhead in accompaniment to the concert’s opening piece. This meticulously choreographed and tear-jerking aerial display is performed in the skies above the arena by Carolyn Grace in the legendary Grace Spitfire.
Let battle commence! The ground shakes for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives the Battle Proms its name: Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, more commonly known as the ‘Battle Symphony’, performed with a staggering 193 cannons, musket fire and fireworks.
The Battle Proms is the only regular open air concert in the world to perform this piece in full using live cannon with real black powder explosions, each fired electronically by the orchestra’s percussionist following the original score. This is classical music with unrivalled dramatic impact; an unforgettable spectacle that must be seen (and heard!) to be believed.
WATCH NOW: The Battle Proms cannons in action.
The perfect summer evening closes with the traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a dazzling firework spectacular!
Widely regarded as the most exciting summer proms concert in the country, the Battle Proms is a firmly established favourite that thousands of fans return to year after year. Pack up a picnic, stock up on fizz and join the party; 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 the unique experience you have been looking for.
FINISH APPROX 10.00pm
With a lakeside setting, the Ragley Hall Battle Proms has a stunning location for the evening's concert. Enjoy your picnic in beautiful parkland, and enjoy the tranquility before the evening's excitment begins!
The wonderful orchestral music, cavalry displays and even cannon fire come together to create an truly unique event, all culminating in a lavish fireworks display, reflected in the lake.