2015 is an important anniversary year for Blickling. The estate’s last private owner, Philip Kerr, the 11th Marquess of Lothian, died in December 1940. This visionary man bequeathed the Blickling Estate to the National Trust, setting the seal on the National Trust Country Houses Scheme, which grew from an idea he had formulated with the help of James Lees-Milne. Under this scheme many estates were saved rather than being broken up, and whole houses and their contents could be donated to the nation intact in place of death duties. The Blickling Estate was the first of all the major properties to be left to the National Trust in this way. Since then, hundreds of historic estates have been saved for the nation.
To celebrate this 75th anniversary, Revival Productions is throwing a 1940’s party! The music in the first half will reflect the sounds of the era with the second half containing the traditional rousing sounds of The British Sea Songs, Nimrod, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. The evening will be hosted by Conductor Roderick Dunk and feature the acclaimed Sinfonia Viva, with Mezzo Soprano Annette Wardell.
Come and join us for this amazing Norfolk event. Pack your picnics, flags, food and wine and soak up the amazing atmosphere in the company of friends in the stunning Blickling parkland. Do dress for the occasion – there will be prizes for the best 1940’s costumes!
12 noon Car parks open
4.00pm Gates open
7.30pm At the beginning of the first half, The Grace Spitfire will introduce the evening with a choreographed routine to Ron Goodwin’s “Battle of Britain”. The first half will contain music from the era to include “Moonlight Seranade” by Glenn Miller, the main theme from “Gone with the Wind”, “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square” and “We’ll Meet Again” by Vera Lynn.
9.15pm The second half will include the traditional proms favourites to include British Sea Songs, Nimrod, Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. The evening will conclude with a stunning fireworks finale choreographed to the music.
10.15pm Concert finishes.
• Bring your own food and drink
• No booking fees
• Seating is not provided so do bring garden chairs and rugs
• Tickets cannot be exchanged, replaced if lost, nor money refunded
• Disabled parking is available
• Pets, garden flares, private barbecues and Chinese lanterns are not permitted
• Spitfire attendance subject to weather conditions
• The promoter reserves the right to modify the programme
• Canopy spaces are available at £15 per pitch, please phone 01263 223500 to reserve or book online
• Hog Roast by H V Graves (To order please call 01263 860333 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Pre-ordered hampers and a bar will be supplied by Carluccio's. Please book online.
• For all corporate hospitality enquiries please call 01263 223500 for details
• Wild camping will be available at £15 per pitch per night.
Supported by Revival Productions Ltd and The National Trust. Media partner Eastern Daily Press. Sinfonia Viva is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.