THE back garden of Lord Lansdowne’s estate was transformed into party central over the weekend as thousands of people raved their way through the start of the Ibiza season.

The familiar beats of songs such as Darude’s Sandstorm and Faithless’ Insomnia boomed their way through the 100 acre estate on Saturday night as Revival Productions, Urban Soul Orchestra and DJ Goldierocks brought their Classic Ibiza night to a successful climax.

On the following night, Bowood hosted the National Symphony Orchestra, Only Men Aloud, The Band of the Home Counties Pipes and Drum and Soul’d As Seen for The Great British Prom night.

The concerts, which proved to be a roaring success with all age groups, will be making a return in the future.

Lisa Ward, director of Revival Productions who organised both concerts, said: “From the outset our aim was to establish The Bowood Proms as a permanent fixture in the Wiltshire social calendar.

“Having organised similar concerts elsewhere in the country we knew that the formula worked well but we were not prepared for the reaction of the audience. It blew us all away! I am sure that this was in no small part due to the spectacular Bowood setting.

“Thank you to Lord Lansdowne for hosting us, and everyone that came along. We hope to see you all again next year.”

One pound from each of the programmes sold on the Prom night will go towards The Bobby Van Trust.

Lord Lansdowne added: “What a memorable weekend it was and I couldn’t be more delighted that Revival Productions selected Bowood for their two fabulous events. The House and Pleasure Grounds resonated superbly to each evening’s particular atmosphere.

“The nature of Bowood is such that while audience numbers were large, there was still a wonderful sense of intimacy and camaraderie across the concert arena.

“Huge congratulations to the event organisers, orchestra conductors, all the performers and all those who worked so hard behind the scenes - including Bowood staff - to make both rousing concerts such triumphs.”

“Here’s to these first-time events at Bowood returning next year.”