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Eight thousand people soaked up the sun, atmosphere and music at Hatfield House over the weekend as the Battle Proms charged into town
The Battle Proms picnic concert took place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House on a glorious summer's day.
The Battle Proms is a unique event that combines classical music with cannons, cavalry and fireworks.
The Blades Aerobatic Display team wowed the crowd.
The Spitfire air display was choreographed to Elgar's Nimrod, from Enigma Variations Op. 36.
The New English Concert Orchestra gave another fantastic performance on the night.
The brass section of the New English Concert Orchestra.
The New English Concert Orchestra with conductor Douglas Coombes
Soprano Denise Leigh thrilled the crowd with favourites including Vissi d’arte (from Tosca)
Denise Leigh with The New English Concert Orchestra.
Franz Von Suppé's Light Cavalry Overture accompanied a choreographed musical ride by cavalry troop Crown and Empire.
The reenactment group Crown and Empire once again jumped on horseback and took spectators back to the 18th century with a Napoleonic Cavalry.
Members of Crown and Empire have an authentic tea-break.
A member of Crown and Empire in period dress.
Jerusalem and Rule Britannia were among the crowd-pleasing, sing-a-long favourites.
Local cadets were on hand to help concert-goers with their heavy hampers!
Eight thousand people attended the event.
The bill was packed full of crowd favourites including Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No 5 in C Major.
Violinist soloist Katy Smith performed Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1.
Beethoven's Wellington’s Victory – Battle Symphony or The Battle of Vittoria, Op. 91 included 193 cannons, musketfire and fireworks!
Historians believe that Elizabeth I was sitting under one of the ancient Oak trees in the grounds of Hatfield when she heard the news of her sister Mary's death and her accession to the English throne.
The night ended with a bang as a magnificent firework display lit up the sky.
The next Battle Proms takes place at Highclere Castle Berkshire on 4 August 2012.