Dam Busters March, Downton Abbey Theme and More Announced for Blenheim Palace Battle Proms

On Saturday 6 July the spectacular Battle Proms Picnic Concert brings a summer celebration of uplifting music from the New English Concert Orchestra plus breathtaking aerial and pyrotechnic displays for their 19th annual performance at Blenheim Palace!

The musical delights start in the afternoon with the gorgeous vintage harmonies of the Battle Proms Belles warming up the crowd with their live band, and culminate in a jubilant flag-waving, sing-along finale with all the traditional ‘last night of the proms’ favourites under a sky of dazzling fireworks. This year the orchestral programme includes iconic modern pieces such as the Dam Busters March, the Downton Abbey Theme, and Gershwin’s Summertime (performed by star soprano Denise Leigh), complementing beautiful classical favourites you know and love like Elgar’s Nimrod and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire and fireworks!

Concert goers will also enjoy a horseback ‘Cavalry through the Ages’ show plus breathtaking displays from the British Army’s world-famous Red Devils parachutists and the legendary Grace Spitfire, an appearance made especially poignant in 2024 as this very plane shot down the first enemy aircraft on D-Day 80 years ago this June. Then as darkness falls experience ground-shaking live fire from 200 cannons and magnificent firework displays alongside the music. With such a packed programme it’s a great value day out for the whole family, and you are even invited to bring your own picnics and drinks into the auditorium.

All the action takes place in a stunning parkland setting overlooking the iconic Column of Victory in the palace grounds, the perfect setting for this summer spectacular. If you haven’t yet got your tickets, the organisers are encouraging you to head to battleproms.com and book by the end of April to enjoy their Early Booking Discount!