We have booked tickets for the Battle Proms at Hatfield House, which is set in the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Oak Field. The Old Palace at Hatfield House is where Elizabeth I spent much of her childhood and later held her first Council of State in November 1558. The celebrated Jacobean House has been the family home to the Cecils since it was built in 1611. A place so steeped in history, it makes the perfect setting for a summer celebration with the Battle Proms. This concert is a musical celebration with fireworks, Spitfire, cannons and cavalry.
There is a free car park provided for this event which will be open from 2,00 pm. The concert gates open at 4:30 pm and the action starts at 6:15 pm (giving you plenty of time to find your preferred spot and start your picnic). The evening begins with a Napoleonic Cavalry Display which is followed by a spectacular freefall demonstration by the British Army’s Red Devils display team. At 7.00 pm there is a live band (The Vignettes) and this is followed at 8.00 pm by an Evening Gun Salute, Spitfire Display, Classical Music Celebration and firework finale. The Classical Music Celebration is led by the 60-piece New English Concert Orchestra conducted by Douglas Coombes MBE and hosted by the popular BBC presenter, Pam Rhodes. Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will be accompanied by live cannon fire and the music includes those traditional Proms favourites, Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, and more. The concert should finish at approximately 10:30 pm.
NOTE: This is an open-air event. Although some refreshments will be available for purchase (a bar, tea/coffee and hot food stall) you may prefer to bring your own picnic. Seating is not provided, so please bring your own chairs (and maybe a table).