On 1st August, the picnic concert Battle Proms was on at Highclere Castle. JSL Productions have been holding Battle proms for 12 years at Highclere, the event supports Combat Stress, the veterans’ mental health charity. The picnic concert spectacular draws its inspiration from the Napoleonic wars and celebrates other commemorations; 70 years since the Second world war and 75 years since the battle of Britain’ with Fireworks, Spitfire, Cannons , Cavalry and musical ballads such as Rule Britannia written in 1740 by James Thomson and composed by Thomas Arn.
Kennet Radio was at Highclere Castle before the concert and spoke to Lady Carnarvon about Battle Proms and her support of Combat Stress. Last year, Lady Carnarvon held ‘Heroes at Highclere’ which raised funds for The Royal British Legion, ABF The Soldiers Charity, Oxfam and Combat stress; it was a successful fundraising event that included Elizabeth McGovern, ITV’s Lady Cora from Downton Abbey singing in a rock band. The history of Highclere Castle is comprised of its own war dramas with Lady Almina throwing open the doors of the castle to the injured in WW1 and the Dowager with the Vocal Therapy Society both supporting the wounded. The position of the castle was also significant during the Second World War and Lady Carnarvon has since discovered the parts of a P-38 plane and other aircraft wreckage which crashed at Highclere.
Lady Fiona Carnarvon, The Countess of Carnarvon is an advocate for charities that support the military and veterans as well as being Patron for Newbury & District Cancer Care Trust a local charity close to her heart.
Click to hear the 2 part interview with Lady Carnarvon :-