Burghley Battle Proms put back to next year

Since 2005 friends and families have packed up their picnics and gathered in their thousands at historic Burghley House in Stamford for the unique summer celebration that is the Battle Proms.
Battle proms has been put back to next year.Battle proms has been put back to next year.
Battle proms has been put back to next year.

Come rain or shine the team behind the UK’s premier picnic concert series have never yet had to cancel a concert, but the 2020 coronavirus pandemic has presented them with a storm even they cannot weather.

“It is with much sadness that we must announce that the 16th Annual Burghley House Battle Proms will be postponed until Saturday 10 July 2021” says Battle Proms Event Director Adam Slough.

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“We have a loyal and dedicated audience, many of whom attend our concert annually, and know that this will be as much a disappointment to them as it is to us.

“However, the health and well-being of our audience, volunteers, performers and staff are our top priority so we have taken the decision to postpone our Burghley House concert until summer 2021.”

What 2020 ticket holders need to know: If you have booked tickets for this year’s concert the organisers will contact you via email. Your tickets will automatically be carried over to next year’s concert, so you do not need to take any action now except put the new date in your diary and count down the days! You will automatically be sent new tickets in the autumn. Alternatively, ticket holders can opt to swap to a different Battle Proms concert venue free of charge, and full refunds are available for those who would rather cancel their booking.”

Full details of all options available can be found at www.battleproms.com/postponement-faqs/

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“By carrying their tickets over our audience will be helping to ensure that the Battle Proms will be here for many more years to come” adds Adam “and as a thank you we will enter everyone who does so into an exclusive prize draw to win a VIP Battle Proms experience.”

Ticket holders who choose to support the Battle Proms by rolling their booking over will be in to win a ‘Money- Can’t-Buy’ experience for their party, enjoying the 2021 Burghley House Battle Proms in style from their own private marquee, with delicious fresh picnics with wine, free programmes and flags and a VIP backstage tour with Battle Proms conductor Douglas Coombes MBE. There will also be 10 runner-up prizes of a free pair of tickets.

The Battle Proms team, who have raised over £450,000 for armed forces charities in recent years, are also asking people to consider supporting their charity partner SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, who were expecting raise over £50,000 through their association with the Battle Proms this summer.

James Grant, Head of Corporate Fundraising &Events at SSAFA also had a message for the Battle Proms audience: “It is with a heavy heart that SSAFA heard this news from the Battle Proms. We are so fortunate to have been their charity partner since 2018 and we are incredibly grateful to the generous Battle Proms audience who has helped SSAFA raise more than £120,000. We are sending our thoughts and best wishes to everyone in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are very much looking forward to resuming business as usual and to seeing you at the Battle Proms in 2021.”

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SSAFA have set up a dedicated page to welcome donations from people who would have attended the Battle Proms and donated at the concerts, or indeed from anyone who wishes to support their work at this difficult time: www.battleproms.charitycheckout.co.uk/ssafa/profile. Alternatively, you can donate £5, £10 or £20 by texting 5BATTLE, 10BATTLE or 20BATTLE to 70085.