Stellar line-up announced for BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland

Music lovers can be assured of a very special evening of music and celebration from an eclectic line-up of local and international talent - all set against the stunning backdrop of Titanic Belfast."Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland
Date: 31.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.16
A stellar line-up of international and home-grown artists will come together on Saturday 8 September to make this year’s BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland an evening of ‘Titanic’ proportions.

Staged at the iconic Titanic Slipways in Belfast, the event will be BBC Northern Ireland’s biggest outside broadcast event of the year. The concert will boast performances from internationally acclaimed tenor Noah Stewart, superstar soprano Hayley Westenra, Bangor-born troubadour Foy Vance, award-winning flautist Eimear McGeown and renowned folk act McPeake (formed by Francis McPeake IV from the legendary McPeake Family). Each of these stars will perform alongside the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of conductor Christopher Bell.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland is now in its 11th year and this year’s concert at the Titanic Slipways will be the first time the event has been in Belfast since 2008. Staged with the stunning backdrop of Titanic Belfast and the Harland and Wolff cranes, the event will both celebrate Northern Ireland’s achievements in industry and culture and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic through classical, contemporary and traditional music.

The event is part of the BBC's prestigious Last Night of the Proms celebrations across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales who host ambitious live events to mark the end of the world's largest classical music festival.

BBC Proms In The Park in Northern Ireland will be hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum.

The event will be recorded for broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland television later in the year. On Saturday September 8, the concert will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster from 7.30pm, presented by John Toal. A selection of television viewing options will also be available via the red button for digital TV viewers.

Complimentary tickets for the event, which were issued through a random draw, have all been allocated. For those attending the event full details of terms and conditions will be included with tickets.

Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "In what is proving to be a momentous year for Northern Ireland, we are very excited to bring the 2012 BBC Proms in the Park in NI back to Belfast and stage it at the newly transformed Titanic Slipways. This event is one of the most prestigious and large-scale events we undertake each year. Music lovers can be assured of a very special evening of music and celebration from an eclectic line-up of local and international talent - all set against the stunning backdrop of Titanic Belfast."

JM