A classical music extravaganza at a Midlands stately home is expecting a record crowd this weekend after a similar event was cancelled when the organisers went bust.
More than 6,500 are expected at the Ragley Hall Battle Proms at Ragley Hall which will see a concert by the New English Concert Orchestra, 200 live cannons and an aerial display from one of the last remaining flying Spitfires.
This weekend should have also seen the Shugborough Spitfire Proms event at the Staffordshire estate but 4,000 ticket holders were left disappointed when the Norwich-based event organisers, EMS Promotions, went into liquidation.
Former Squeeze keyboard player and now BBC star Jools Holland was scheduled to play the venue near Stafford on August 18, with the National Symphony Orchestra booked the following evening.
Adam Slough, who is behind the Ragley Hall event, said that the surge in patriotism across the country with the Olympics had also been behind strong ticket sales. “We’re really excited about this year’s programme, and linking up with the wider national celebrations, this is an exceptional evening not to be missed,” he said.