What's On | Proms Return to Highclere in 2018 | Andover & VillagesTickets are now on sale for the Battle Proms, a spectacular open-air picnic concert in support of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity working with personnel, veterans and their families.

Battle Proms is a summer celebration with live orchestral music, carefully choreographed Spitfire and parachute displays, dramatic cannon fire and cavalry displays with a spectacular musical firework finale. The annual spectacular is set to be held at Highclere Castle on August 4th – this will be the 100th Battle Prom ever to be held!

Since 2004 the UK’s premier picnic concert series, the Battle Proms has been supporting military charities, with their running total raised now standing at over £300,000.

This year is the first year that they have joined forces with SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity to raise funds and awareness of its vital work with serving members, veterans and Forces families.

Adam Slough, Event Director for Battle Proms, explains the decision to support SSAFA: “While our concerts are joyous occasions, we are mindful of the fact that much of the music we perform, such as our signature piece, Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’, was written to commemorate battles in which lives were lost. It therefore seems fitting to give SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity a platform at the Battle Proms, to both raise awareness of and funds for their vital work with our serving Forces, veterans and their families.”

Jonathan Sandall, Director of Fundraising at SSAFA: “We are thrilled to be a part of such a dynamic and uplifting occasion, focusing on our pride for the Armed Forces. It’s a year of great celebration, being 100 years since the end of the First World War, as such it seems especially fitting that we are working with such a poignant event”.

Early bird tickets for the Battle Proms are priced at just £36 until 1 May. Head to www.battleproms.com for more information and to book.

Upcoming dates:

· Saturday 07 July 2018 at Burghley House

· Saturday 14 July 2018 at Hatfield House

· Saturday 21 July 2018 at Blenheim Palace

· Saturday 04 August 2018 at Highclere Castle

· Saturday 11 August 2018 at Ragley Hall

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