War Horse film star to feature in Last Night of the Blickling Proms extravaganza

Augustus in the film War Horse with actor Jeremy Irvine. Picture: AB Film Horses Augustus in the film War Horse with actor Jeremy Irvine. Picture: AB Film Horses

Saturday, February 22, 2014
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The star of the emotional blockbuster War Horse will be a special guest at this year’s Blickling Hall’s summer proms concert.

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Augustus learning to take a bow, with trainer Andy Butcher. Picture: Raw Photogography StudioAugustus learning to take a bow, with trainer Andy Butcher. Picture: Raw Photogography Studio

Music lovers at the Last Night of the Blickling Proms will be able to see seven-year-old Augustus, who made his film debut as young Joey the horse in 2011.

The parkland concert on Saturday August 9 will feature live music from Derby-based Sinfonia Viva, led by conductor Roderick Dun, fireworks, and a Spitfire display.

Lisa Ward from Revival Productions, concert organiser, said: “This year’s event will include several moving moments and Augustus’s appearance will definitely be one of them. Apparently he’s very cheeky and I’m sure he’ll enjoy all the attention.

“It will be a special moment. The music and the film are incredibly moving and we’re delighted that Augustus will be joining us to make the piece complete for us.”

Concert details

Nostalgic wartime songs will be some of the highlights of the parkland proms concert this summer.

The concert, supported by the EDP, follows successful events at the venue over the past two years.

It will feature the Sinfonia Viva orchestra under conductor Roderick Dunk and mezzo soprano Jessica Walker.

Pilot Carolyn Grace will again dance her Spitfire plane in the sky during a choreographed display, and fireworks over the lake will provide a spectacular finale.

The first half of the concert will include a nostalgic sing-along of some of the best-loved songs from the First World War, including It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Keep the Home Fires Burning and Pack up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.

The second half will contain a poignant remembrance before the rousing sounds of Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory provide a flag-waving climax.

The lusitano cross cob will parade down the middle of the audience at the start of the second half to the War Horse anthem, composed by John Williams.

He will be accompanied by an actor depicting Albert, the young man that goes in search of his horse in the film.

The concert is marking 100 years since the start of the First World War and will feature nostalgic songs from the era including It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Keep the Home Fires Burning, Roses of Picardy, and Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.

Augustus is owned by AB Film Horses which specialises in the equestrian television, film and stunt business.

Chance to see stage show across Norfolk

The stage version of War Horse will be to shown to communities across Norfolk in a series of special

events.

Recorded shows from New London Theatre will be screened at the following venues:

■Saturday March 8 – New Buckenham Village Hall, Moat Lane. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Admission costs £10. To book visit King’s Stores, New Buckenham.

■Thursday March 13 – Tittleshall Village Hall, High Street. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start. Admission costs £10. To book call 01328 700952.

■Saturday March 22 – Blofield Court House, Yarmouth Road. Doors open at 6.30pm for 7pm start. Admission costs £10. To book call 01603 715253 or visit S&S Mitchell Newsagent.

■Sunday March 23 – Poringland Community Centre, Overtons Way. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Admission costs £12. To book call 01508 494358 or 01508 462630.

■Alternatively visit www.wegottickets.com.

The company was founded by horse trainer and master, Andy Butcher, from Bures St Mary near Sudbury.

Augustus was three when he starred in War Horse, with five other lookalike horses.

Since then he has featured in three other blockbuster films and made other television appearances.

Concert goers can bring their own picnics on the night. Gates open at 4.30pm and the first half starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets (£33 in advance or £36 on the night) are available online at www.revival-productions.co.uk or call the box office 01263 734711. Car parking is free.

Are you organising an event paying tribute to the First World War? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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