CONCERT-goers will be able to enjoy a choreographed aerial display by a legendary Spitfire at Highclere Castle Battle Proms.

The picnic concert, on Saturday, August 3, which supports SSAFA, the armed forces charity, will feature an appearance by the Grace Spitfire, made especially poignant in 2024 as this very plane shot down the first enemy aircraft 80 years ago on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

The moving Spitfire display, which takes place during the Battle Proms, will accompany the opening orchestral pieces including Elgar’s Nimrod, performed by The New English Concert Orchestra, led by Douglas Coombes MBE.

The Highclere Castle Battle Proms is a wonderful opportunity to see this iconic plane in all its glory in this historic anniversary year.

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Andover Advertiser: Highclere Castle Battle Proms will feature a Spitfire aerial displayHighclere Castle Battle Proms will feature a Spitfire aerial display (Image: Highclere Castle Battle Proms)You’ll also be treated to gorgeous vintage harmonies courtesy of the Battle Proms Belles, a horseback ‘Cavalry through the Ages’ show plus breathtaking displays from the British Army’s world-famous Red Devils parachutists.

The orchestral programme spans iconic pieces from film, TV and the musicals, from the Dam Busters March and the Downton Abbey Theme to classical favourites you know and love such as the 1812 Overture (complete with live cannon fire), culminating in a jubilant flag-waving, sing-along finale with all the traditional ‘last night of the proms’ favourites, led by Britain’s Got Talent superstar soprano Denise Leigh, under a sky of dazzling fireworks.

Doors open at 4pm and entertainment begins at approximately 10pm. Tickets from £51.50, children £22 and youngsters four and under go free. Early booking and group offers are available.

Highclere Castle was the seat of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon who, in 1922, famously discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun with his colleague Howard Carter. More recently, the castle has become the central character in the ITV period drama Downton Abbey which has achieved extraordinary international fame.

The Battle Proms takes place directly overlooking this impressive and iconic building.

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