Magazine article Musical Opinion

Battle Proms at Blenheim Palace

Magazine article Musical Opinion

Battle Proms at Blenheim Palace

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The Battle Proms, of which there are five events during the Summer months, seemed a good place to go and hear 14 year old violinist Victoria Goldsmith play and hear Denise Leigh's lovely voice again. I went to the Prom at Blenheim Palace on 30 July. The sky was heavy with bruised looking purple clouds that threatened a downpour but the Palace grounds, dotted with thick waisted ancient oaks, were filled with people who just didn't care if it did!

The event began with displays by the members of the Napoleonic Association partnered by the English Field Artillery Company, all looking splendid in original period costumes.

The musical section opened with Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture with live cannons firing. Other works such as Beethoven's Battle Symphony also had big bangs accompanying the music, which was conducted and played with vigour by conductor Douglas Coombes and his New English Concert Orchestra.

Young Victoria Goldsmith played the first movement of Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in stunning fashion. …

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