BBC Proms in the Park NI

International and home-grown stars at BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland

Some of the world’s biggest names in music and theatre will be descending on County Fermanagh this weekend for this year’s BBC Proms in the Park event in the grounds of the National Trust property, Castle Coole this Saturday (September 09).

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland has secured Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and sensational virtuoso violinist, Daniel Hope. The evening is further enhanced by one of the world’s biggest names in musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall. The multi-award winning singer and actress is best known for her lead roles in productions such as Chicago, Billy Elliot and Les Miserables which she has played on Broadway and London’s West End.

Fermanagh-born actor Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty), joins the stellar line-up and will be accompanied on the night by young harpist Richard Allen, one of the winners of the BBC Northern Ireland/Arts Council for Northern Ireland Young Musicians’ Platform Awards. The line-up is completed by an appearance of the acclaimed Irish ensemble, Anúna.

The concert is BBC Northern Ireland’s biggest outside broadcast event of the year. It offers both home-grown and international talent performing alongside the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy. BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland is now in its 16th year and is supported by Tourism Northern Ireland and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

This concert, in front of an expected audience of around 6,000 people, will be hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum. It is part of broadcast celebrations to mark the Last Night Of The Proms, and will link music-making festivities at London’s Royal Albert Hall with BBC events around the UK. The BBC Proms is the largest classical music festival in the world, with over 90 events taking place across eight weeks in 2017, from July until September 9.

Viewers at home will be able to join in the excitement. On the night, audiences to the BBC Red Button can see a curated offering of highlights from Castle Coole and the three other Proms in the Park venues, available for 30 days thereafter on BBC iPlayer. And the BBC network television services will link with Castle Coole, County Fermanagh, with live coverage of key moments from the evening’s entertainment. Highlights programmes will be recorded for later transmission on BBC NI television, BBC Four and the BBC iPlayer. Selected extracts from Castle Coole will also be available on BBC You Tube and the entire concert will also be broadcast live throughout the evening on BBC Radio Ulster from 7.30pm, presented by John Toal, and online for audiences at home and around the world.

Mike Edgar, Head of Entertainment and Events BBC Northern Ireland said: “What a show we have planned for this year’s Proms in the Park! What an honour for us to be in Enniskillen and Castle Coole. We are really excited about coming to this magnificent location with a top quality line-up including the superb talent of the world’s greatest flautist, Sir James Galway accompanied by his wife, Lady Jeanne, the sheer brilliance of Dame Evelyn Glennie and world-class violinist Daniel Hope. Also to have a Broadway and West End legend such as Ruthie Henshall, renowned for her roles in Les Miserables, Chicago and Billy Elliot to name but a few, is fantastic.

“We are also thrilled that one of our greatest actors, Fermanagh’s own Adrian Dunbar will be bringing us a very special, not to be missed, moment. Completing our line-up will be the world renowned Irish choral talents of Anúna who burst onto the international stage as the vocal and choral brilliance of Riverdance back in 1994.  Last but certainly not least, the backbone of the entire concert is our wonderful Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy. BBC Proms in the Park is a truly unique event with a very dedicated and enthusiastic audience who make it even more of a special evening. I hope everyone attending, watching and listening will really enjoy this wonderful mix of talent.”

This year there were applications for over 40.000 tickets with almost 6,000 tickets being distributed by random draw for the event.

All public ticket holders will be required to use the free parking and shuttle-bus service that will operate between Enniskillen Airport and Castle Coole from 4.30pm onwards, with return shuttle-buses operating throughout the evening for anyone wishing to leave before the concert’s scheduled finishing time of 10.30pm. All cars are required to be removed from the airport parking site at the very latest by 10am on Sunday. For safety reasons, there will be no pedestrian access to Castle Coole for BBC Proms in the Park.

Concert goers are also reminded to dress appropriately for the weather, bring their own seat and all their tickets as they won’t be admitted without them. Glass items are not permitted on site, and all drinks must be carried in plastic or card containers.

If you can no longer use your ticket allocation, or don’t need all of your tickets, please get in touch as soon as possible to enable the ticket organisers to give them to someone else who has applied to attend. Contact Ticketmaster at: www.ticketmaster.ie

Look and listen out for updated information about BBC Proms in the Park (including the weather forecast for BBC Northern Ireland’s Fermanagh festivities!) across BBC Northern Ireland’s different services.

For more information about this year’s BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland go to:www.bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark

Caption: Fermanagh-born actor Adrian Dunbar will be taking to the stage at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park in the grounds of the National Trust property, Castle Coole, outside Enniskillen, this Saturday evening.

Caption: Broadway and West End sensation Ruthie Henshall will be flying in to perform at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park in the grounds of the National Trust property, Castle Coole, outside Enniskillen, this Saturday evening.

Caption: The Queen of Percussion, Dame Evelyn Glennie, will be part of the stellar line-up of musicians and performers taking part in this year’s BBC Proms in the Park in the grounds of the National Trust property, Castle Coole, outside Enniskillen, this Saturday evening. Photo courtesy of James Wilson.

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