Final preparations underway for magical BBC Proms in the Park in Caerphilly

Date: 30.08.2012     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.07
Category: Wales; Proms; Orchestras
After months of preparation, BBC Cymru Wales and Caerphilly County Borough Council are ready to welcome the crowds to Caerphilly’s Owain Glyndŵr Playing Fields, for this year’s BBC Proms in the Park on Saturday 8 September.

Families and music-lovers are invited to bring along their picnics, wave their flags, and join in an evening of classical music and fireworks to bring the summer’s festivities to a close.

Gates to the Owain Glyndŵr Playing Fields will open from 4.30pm, and from 6pm a selection of local music groups will be performing as part of the Community Stage programme – including BTM Brass Band, Cefn Hengoed Ladies’ Choir, and Seren, a vocal trio from the Rhymney Valley.

To help Prom goers with their travel plans after the concert, there will be additional trains leaving Caerphilly station on the evening of 8 September. Two additional trains calling at all stations to Cardiff Central will be departing from Caerphilly station at 11.00pm and 11.15pm; and the 11.35pm service from Caerphilly to Ystrad Mynach will be extended to Rhymney.

The main event, starting at 7.45pm, will be presented by BBC The One Show presenter Alex Jones and Only Men Aloud Musical Director, Tim Rhys-Evans. The fun-filled evening will feature a variety of magical entertainment for the whole family, including performances by soprano Elin Manahan Thomas from Swansea, tenor Wynne Evans from Carmarthen, and 15-year-old cellist Laura van der Heijden, winner of BBC Young Musician 2012.

The soloists will be accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, under the wand of conductor Tecwyn Evans, who will lead the audience in a sing-along performance of songs including Sosban Fach, We’ll Keep a Welcome and Cwm Rhondda.

Tickets can be bought in advance until Friday 7 September for just £10 (with children 12 and under free), and can be booked through the Blackwood Miners Institute (01495 227206 / www.blackwoodminersinstitute.com); the BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audience Line (03700 10 10 51); or in person through the ‘Visit Caerphilly’ centre. Tickets are also available on the day for £12.

Fans of the Proms can also capture the atmosphere from the comfort of their own home, with live coverage from Owain Glyndŵr Playing Fields on BBC Radio Wales, presented by Beverley Humphreys, or online at bbc.co.uk/radiowales.

Highlights of the evening’s events will be broadcast on BBC Two Wales on Sunday 9 September at 6.45pm.

For full information about the event, and for ticketing information, visit bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark.

DH