The 100th Battle Proms Concert Took 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. Battle Proms Picnic Concerts take place on the lawns directly in front of the castle affording wonderful views of this now iconic building.
Our 100th open-air concert was a huge success, with thousands of loyal fans and new customers joining us celebrate in Battle Proms style, with captivating classical music from the 60 piece New English Concert Orchestra, complemented by toe-tapping vintage vocals, breathtaking Spitfire display, sensational freefall demonstration by The Red Devils parachute team, dramatic Napoleonic cavalry display and ground shaking live fire from over 200 cannons.
This quintessentially British ‘party in the park’ closed with a magnificent musical firework display and flag-waving, sing-a-long spectacular including all the ‘last night of the proms’ finale favourites such as Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory!
Incredible Fundraising Success in 2018!
We are very proud to say that, through audience donations and our contribution from concert profits, we have to date raised £389,555.36 for military charities!
Our sincere thanks you to everyone who gave so generously!
In 2018 we were delighted to announce a new charity partnership with SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, who provide lifelong support for our Forces and their families, whenever and wherever they are needed.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at one of our concerts this year, visitrf their stand, met their team to learn more about their vital work and donated so generously. Together we raised a staggering £54,640.91 this year alone! We look forward to working with SSAFA again in 2019.
To read more about the work of our charity partner click here. If you're joining us at one of our concerts this year please make sure you visit their stand, meet their team and learn more about their vital work.
The British Army & Parachute Regiment's Official Display Team Will Perform at ALL five 2018 Battle Proms Picnic Concerts!
In 2017 we celebrated our 20th anniversary with a very special addition to our programme, inviting The Red Devils, the Parachute Regiment and British Army's official display team, to perform their spectacular freefall demonstration in the skies above our concerts.
We are delighted to say that in 2018 this daring team will once again be performing at the Battle Proms, including at the 100th Battle Proms Concert, Highclere Castle, Saturday 4 August, where the iconic architecture of 'The Real Downton Abbey' will provide a spectacular backdrop to their landing!
An informative commentary will be provided throughout the team’s display and team members will be available afterwards to meet our audience and for the essential selfie opportunities!
Click here to find your nearest Battle Proms Picnic Concert
The Vignettes Join the 2018 Battle Proms Line-up!
Pippa and Lizzie, a sparkling duo, appear by very popular demand with their brand new show 'The Vignettes'! These top class singers will be joined by their live backing band; perfect for getting the toes tapping and the champagne corks popping. Expect a wealth of vintage favourites to get you in the Battle Proms mood, plus optional singing, dancing and clapping along!
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!
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.