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Blenheim Palace was the perfect setting for last weekend's Battle Proms, a picnic proms that mixes music with Spitfires, cannons, cavalry and fireworks
Battle Proms is an unique event, where music, military history and fireworks come together to make a truly memorable evening.
Reenactment group Crown and Empire took spectators back to the 18th century with a Napoleonic Cavalry.
Crown and Empire get ready to put on a choreographed musical ride in the Blenheim Palace parkland to Franz Von Suppé Light Cavalry Overture.
Crown and Empire demonstrated battlefield skill-at-arms with lances, rifles and superb horsemanship with their historically accurate reenactments.
Fifties singing group the Rockabellas got the crowd warmed-up despite the chilly conditions.
The Rockabellas kept the crowd happy even off stage.
Who needs sun when brollies can look this good?
The programme was rich in stirring pieces, kicking off with Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No 5 in C Major.
Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture for Orchestra Op. 49 accompanied by life cannon fire ended the first half.
Fittingly Beethoven's Wellington’s Victory Battle Symphony, or The Battle of Vittoria, Op. 91 was one of the programme's highlights and was accompanied by 193 cannons, musketfire and fireworks!
Jerusalem and Rule Britannia continued the patriotic feel with the traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale.
A piper entertains the crowd in the 2100 acres of Blenheim Palace's formal gardens.
The gunners of the English Field Artillery Company started the evening’s musical programme with a volley of shots from an authentic vintage field gun in honour of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Not to be outdone by cannon fire, the New English Concert Orchestra gave a stunning performance on the night.
The mud and rain didn't stop concert-goers enjoying lavish picnics.
And for those you forgot the hamper, there was plenty of tasty food on offer.
Rain, what rain!