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Thousands celebrate Great British Proms at Blickling Hall

PUBLISHED: 10:22 13 August 2017 | UPDATED: 13:07 14 August 2017

Can you spot yourself? The Great British Proms at Blickling Hall.

Picture: James Bass Photography

Can you spot yourself? The Great British Proms at Blickling Hall. Picture: James Bass Photography

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They came carrying their deckchairs and rucksacks as if to a social event rather than a live concert.

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Proms in the grounds of the National Trust’s Blickling Hall is more a family outing than anything else.

People sat around enjoying food and drinks and wearing bowler hats with Union Jacks on them.

Strawberries and cream and glasses of wine were the order of the day with more than 6,000 visitors arriving early to soak up the atmosphere.

It was a special occasion for the Mid-Norfolk Singers based in Dereham, who won a competition to perform live on the stage.

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

They sang My Spirit Sang All Day by Gerald Finzi, As Torrents in Summer by Elgar and Ride the Chariot, a traditional spiritual.

The singers’ chairman Jane Fannon said: “There were just under 50 of us singing. We would normally have about 70, but it’s the summer holidays.

“It’s extraordinary to sing in front of so many people. It’s completely out of our experience. We do three concerts a year and we normally get about 300 people watching. This was obviously the most people we had sung in front of, and it was a terrific opportunity.”

It may have been a nerve-wracking experience for some of the singers, but the group’s musical director Robert Hamwee said: “It was good and everyone was relaxed.”

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

Headliners The National Symphony Orchestra, led by Anthony Inglis, got everyone into the Proms spirit with music synonymous with each of the home nations. Danny Boy, Londonderry Air always raises the hairs at the back of the neck.

They were followed by Brit Award-winning Welsh vocal group Only Men Aloud, soprano Annette Wardell, and a fireworks finale.

Joan Wright and Lynne Hall run the Only Men Aloud fan club, OMAniacs, and travelled from Chesterfield. They had the front seats and got to the site at about 5.30pm, two hours before the concert started.

Mrs Wright said: “We have seen them about 100 times, and went to Chicago and Minneapolis in the US to see them. This is the first time we have come to Blickling and there’s a great audience.”

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Proms at Blickling Hall was a magical experience. 

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Proms at Blickling Hall was a magical experience. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Proms at Blickling Hall ended with a fireworks display. 

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Proms at Blickling Hall ended with a fireworks display. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis (pictured) and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis (pictured) and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Proms at Blickling Hall.   It was a special night for the Mid-Norfolk Singers from Dereham. Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Proms at Blickling Hall. It was a special night for the Mid-Norfolk Singers from Dereham. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis (pictured) and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis (pictured) and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud (pictured), Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud (pictured), Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

Jane Fannon and Robert Hamwee from the Mid-Norfolk Singers. Picture: David BaleJane Fannon and Robert Hamwee from the Mid-Norfolk Singers. Picture: David Bale

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

The Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. 
National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band.

Picture: James Bass PhotographyThe Great British Prom at Blickling Hall, Norfolk. National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anthony Inglis and joined by Welsh male vocal group Only Men Aloud, Soprano Annette Wardell and The Norwich Pipe Band. Picture: James Bass Photography

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