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 - Credit: Archant

The star of the emotional blockbuster War Horse will be a special guest at this year's Blickling Hall's summer proms concert.

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

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

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.'


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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.

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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.

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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