The Armed Forces are set to recreate a Beethoven masterpiece with the sound of cannon.

The 2024 Oxfordshire Battle Proms Picnic Concert promises a unique performance of Beethoven’s Battle Symphony, amplified by the thundering 193 cannon.

The concert, in aid of SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, marks the grand opening of a series that takes place in the grounds of four of the UK's most celebrated stately homes.


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The first event will be on Thursday, July 6 at Blenheim Palace.

Beyond explosive Beethoven, attendees can anticipate a feast of music.

The New English Concert Orchestra will perform a range of pieces, including the theme to 'The Real Downton Abbey', The Dam Busters March, Gershwin’s Summertime, Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture.

The afternoon will commence with the vocals of the Battle Proms Belles before culminating in an evening sing-along of traditional 'Last Night of the Proms' favourites, under a sky filled with fireworks.

Georgia Kay, SSAFA’s Senior Special Events Officer, said: "SSAFA is grateful to the organisers of the Battle Proms Picnic Concerts not only for the wonderful experiences given to people, but also because of the funds the concerts raise for the charity, bringing support to so many within the Armed Forces community.

“So, don’t miss out on these spectacular summer events; get your friends and family together and head to for your tickets today.”