Spitfire to dance in Blickling skies at summer proms concert

An iconic Spitfire fighter plane will dance in the skies over Blickling Hall next summer during a special classical concert.

The second world war aircraft will fly over the stately setting in a choreographed air display to the Spitfire Prelude by William Walton.

The aerial ballet ends the first half of light classics at an August event which is the only concert at the National Trust flagship property in 2012.

A firework finale over the lake also features in the Last Night of the Blickling Proms concert, after the rousing singalong, flag-waving strains of Jerusalem, Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory.

The concert – for which the EDP is the media sponsor – on Saturday, August 11, aims to recapture the early days of concerts at the lakeside setting.

In the early 1990s they began as relaxed outdoor classical music evenings performed in front of seated crowds some of whom wore dinner jackets and elegant dresses and brought picnics and tables adorned with candelabras. Over the years the events evolved through rock balladeers into more recent pop party nights.

Lisa Ward and John Wootten, of organisers Revival Productions, were involved in the early classical events and suggested the event in a bid to revive the origins of the Blickling concerts.

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'There was feedback that people wanted to go back to the original format, with a social occasion on a lovely summer evening, picnicking with friends and maybe trying to outdo them,' she explained. 'With the Jubilee and Olympics next year there will be a feel good factor about being British, which is what this event is all about. With the recession and time of gloom it is time to remember we live in a fabulous country and it's time to move on and be positive.'

Blickling spokesman Jo Bosch said the classical concert would appeal to the trust's 'bedrock visitors' and fit in with it's theme next year of the Best of British. The hunger for classical concerts was shown through the Katherine Jenkins event last year which far outsold the other concerts.

Organisers also stressed there were no hidden booking charges on the tickets, and no charge for car parking.Picnics are also welcome.

The music will be performed by the highly-acclaimed Sinfonia Viva orchestra, conducted by Robert Dunk, and soprano soloist Annette Wardell.

Early bird tickets (for bookings before January 31) are available for �29; group discounts of up to 20pc also available. From February 1, tickets will be �32 (�35 on the night). For more information visit www.revival-productions.co.uk or call the box office on 01263 734711. Car and coach parking will be free.