Spectacular Battle Proms Picnic Concert Joins Forces with SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity

Military themed spectacle raising money for personnel, veterans and their families

Tickets are now on sale for the Battle Proms, a spectacular series of open-air picnic concerts 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 return to historical British venues this summer, due to popular demand.

Since 2004 the UK’s premier picnic concert series, the Battle Proms has been supporting military charities, with their running total 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 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


Notes to editors

SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, has been providing lifelong support to our Forces and their families since 1885. Every year our staff and team of volunteers help more than 67,000 people, from Second World War veterans to young men and women who have served in more recent conflicts.

For more information visit and follow us on Twitter: @SSAFA.

The Battle Proms, summer celebrations with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry and fireworks, have been staging their concerts in stately home gardens since 1997 and recently celebrated their 20th anniversary season.

Widely regarded as the UK’s premier picnic concert series and annually attracting over 40,000 people, The Battle Proms are believed to be the only place in the world where you can hear Beethoven’s ‘Battle Symphony’ performed as he intended, with 193 live firing cannon providing a thunderous percussion!

The Battle Proms 2018 Series:

  • Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire: Saturday 7 July
  • Hatfield House, Hatfield, Hertfordshire: Saturday 14 July
  • Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire: Saturday 21 July
  • Highclere Castle, Newbury, Hampshire, Saturday 4 August
  • Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, Saturday 11 August

For media enquiries and to request press tickets: Emma Dexter,, 07904 494 099, 01432 355 416

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