Posted/updated December 2017
The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall
Early Bird tickets are now on sale for The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall Saturday 11th August 2018.
The Great British Prom is returning to Blickling on Saturday 11th August 2018 and it will be celebrating 100 years of the RAF. Once again, The National Symphony Orchestra will be leading the musical programme and organisers of the event, which has become an absolute favourite in Norfolk’s outdoor concert programme, are delighted to announce the return of a Spitfire to the evening. A limited number of Early Bird tickets are on sale now at a discounted price of £35 – so don’t miss out.
Formed towards the end of the First World War in 1918, the RAF is the oldest independent air force in the world and has a long-standing association with Norfolk. A vital part was played by the RAF and their support establishments during WWII and Norfolk’s serving men and women operated one of the most important front lines of defence. Today, Norfolk’s biggest base at Marham in West Norfolk is one of the RAF’s largest and busiest, operating 4 Squadrons of Tornado GR4 aircraft in the attack and reconnaissance roles as well as other key RAF units.
As Lisa Ward says: “There’s a huge, national respect for the RAF and Norfolk has played an important part in its history. The 2018 event is going to be very special; not just because we’re celebrating the RAF centenary, but also because we will be seeing the return of a Spitfire to the programme which always delights the crowd. This time, it will be the Rolls-Royce Spitfire, flown by one of the Rolls Royce test pilots, (subject to CAA approvals). I can’t say any more at this stage but we’re hoping there will be even more, really exciting details to announce in early 2018 too!”
The Supermarine Spitfire is one of the best-loved and widely recognised British aircraft of all time. The prototype Spitfire, K5054, first flew on 5th March 1936 powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin, the last of Sir Henry Royce’s engine concepts before his death. The Rolls-Royce Spitfire PS853, which will be appearing at Blickling, is an unarmed, high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft, one of a batch of 79 Mk XIXs built at Supermarine, Southampton.
It has become widely recognised as an ambassador for Rolls-Royce appearing at air displays and charity events as well as at their corporate functions. Not only does it represent the heritage of the Spitfire and the Rolls-Royce engines that powered them, it honours the pilots of all nations who flew them and the men and women who built and maintained them.
The musical programme will be a fantastic celebration of “those magnificent men in their flying machines”. The National Symphony Orchestra, whose international reputation for excellence puts them in the top 4 orchestras in the UK, will be conducted by world-renowned Anthony Inglis, and music will include, William Walton’s “Spitfire Prelude and Fugue” and Eric Coates’s “Dambusters March”. The evening will be packed with performances of Proms favourites, including “Rule Britannia”, “Land of Hope & Glory” and British anthem “Jerusalem”, closing with a spectacular firework display over the lake choreographed to the music.
As well as having FREE parking (for both coaches and cars), guests can bring their picnics and champagne, wave their flags, sing along and soak up the atmosphere with friends in the outstanding Blickling Hall setting. Once again there will be a magnum of champagne on offer for the best fancy dress costume!
A limited number of early bird tickets are now available at a reduced price of £32.50 (£37.50 thereafter). For full event details and tickets visit www.greatbritishprom.co.uk or call the event box office on 01283 841601.
The Great British Prom is the second of two major music events being staged at the National Trust venue that weekend. Classic Ibiza will also be returning on Friday the 10th August.