COMPETITION: Win tickets for Althorp Battle Proms

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Althorp Battle Proms is back for another explosive year – and we have tickets to give away.

The 2013 event at Althorp Park on Saturday August 10 will be the 6th annual Battle Proms concert at the historical home.

Celebrate in style on the beautiful parkland directly overlooking the impressive architecture of the house and stables.

Built in 1508, Althorp has been home to the Spencer family for nearly 500 years.

Famous as the family home of Diana, Princess of Wales, Althorp also houses a fascinating variety of pictures, furniture and ceramics, and a collection of particularly fine portraits by masters such as Van Dyck and Gainsborough.

Gates to the Battle Proms will open at 4.30pm when you can relax with your hampers and champers, win a prize at the traditional fairground stalls, visit the Napoleonic re-enactors at their encampment and get in the party spirit as warm-up act The Rockabellas take to the stage.

At 6.45pm there will be the Napoleonic Cavalry and Infantry displays, followed by the evening gun salute at 7.25pm.

The evening continues from 7pm to 10pm with an uplifting and inspiring celebration of soul-stirring classical favourites, performed by the New English Concert Orchestra conducted by Douglas Coombes, and hosted by popular BBC presenter Pam Rhodes.

The historic and unmistakable sound of the Spitfire engine rumbles overhead in accompaniment to the concert’s opening piece. This meticulously choreographed and tear-jerking aerial display is performed in the skies above the arena by Carolyn Grace in the legendary Grace Spitfire.

Let battle commence! The ground shakes for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture with live cannon fire, serving as a pyrotechnical warm-up to the celebratory piece of music that gives the Battle Proms its name: Beethoven’s Wellington’s Victory, more commonly known as the ‘Battle Symphony’, performed with a staggering 193 cannon, musket fire and fireworks. The perfect summer evening closes with the traditional sing-along, flag-waving proms finale, including favourites Jerusalem, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen and Land of Hope and Glory, culminating in a dazzling firework spectacular.

The Rugby Advertiser has six pairs of tickets to the Battle Proms to give away.

To be in with a chance of winning, please answer the following question: Which family has lived at Althorp for the last 500 years?

Send your entries to Rugby Advertiser, Althorp Battle Proms Competition, 2 Albert Street, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV21 2RS. Deadline for entries is Wednesday. Tickets will be sent out straight away.Entrants must include their full name, address and daytime phone number. Terms and conditions apply.