Night of the Proms celebrations bigger than ever
Additional folksongs from around the UK to join Rule Britannia!
First Prom in the Park in Northern Ireland
Most ambitious weekend of BBC Proms in the Park events
First Blue Planet Prom in the Park
18 hours of live music in six events featuring more than 850 performers
across a wider geographical spread than ever
the first time the traditional Last Night of the Proms celebrations
are to include folksong arrangements from Ireland, Scotland and
have been added to Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs, with
its final sung chorus Rule, Britannia!, and join Land of Hope and
Glory and Jerusalem.
new folksongs are Wood's own arrangements of the Scottish tune Charlie
is My Darling and the Welsh All through the Night; and from Ireland,
The Irish Tune from County Derry (commonly known as Danny Boy or
Londonderry Air) by Wood's friend and contemporary, the much-loved
Proms regular Percy Grainger.
BBC Proms in the Park takes the Last Night party to Belfast for
the first time, this innovation is a reflection of the increased
interest in the Proms from around the UK and looks forward to the
21st Century by keeping the old traditions fresh.
well as extending the repertoire, BBC Proms celebrates the end of
the two-month festival with the most extensive programme of events
just two days more than 850 artists - as diverse as Terry Wogan,
Lesley Garrett, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Leonard Slatkin and Pop
Idols Will and Gareth - perform over 18 hours of live music in six
include the Last Night parties in the Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park,
Gateshead and Belfast on Saturday 14 September, as well as
the CBBC Prom in the Park and the brand-new BBC Blue Planet Prom
in the Park presented by Sir David Attenborough on 15 September
in Hyde Park.
Proms brings the 108th season to a jubilant conclusion in the Royal
Albert Hall under the baton of Leonard Slatkin as outdoor audiences
in Belfast, Hyde Park and Gateshead link with those in the Albert
Hall via large screens for the traditional highlights of the Last
BBC Symphony Orchestra is joined by Broadway star Audra McDonald
and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes in a programme which celebrates the
Queen's Golden Jubilee and the contrasting centenaries of William
Walton and Richard Rodgers, with You'll Never Walk Alone from Carousel
bringing a new opportunity for audience participation.
Wogan hosts BBC Proms in the Park for the seventh year.
BBC Concert Orchestra is joined by a range of stars from soprano
Lesely Garrett and tenor José Cura to The Bootleg Beatles,
award-winning Jazz Jamaica All Stars and the versatile Hungarian
violinist Lakatos, acclaimed as "the greatest Gypsy fiddler
following his BBC Proms debut last year.
musical party in Hyde Park does not end on Saturday evening. Younger
audiences can join CBBC's Fearne Cotton and Blue Peter's Simon Thomas
for Sunday's CBBC Prom in the Park, a packed celebration of music
Idols Will Young and Gareth Gates perform live on stage with the
BBC Philharmonic and the line-up includes a wide range of artists
from acclaimed South African dance troupe Umoja to 12- year-old
Pike, who this year became the youngest competitor to win BBC
Young Musician of the Year.
Proms in the Park weekend concludes with a brand new event - the
BBC Blue Planet Prom in the Park.
concert takes place on the evening of Sunday 15 September and brings
the spell-binding footage from The Blue Planet, the BBC's acclaimed
natural history series, to gigantic screens in Hyde Park.
David Attenborough and series producer Alastair Fothergill provide
narration and George Fenton conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra in
a live performance of his BAFTA award-winning soundtrack.
Proms in the Park was launched by Nicholas Kenyon, Director of the
Proms, in 1996.
is now in its seventh year and continues to be a colourful conclusion
to the season's programme, attracting capacity audiences to London's
Hyde Park and other venues throughout the UK.
Kenyon said: "The BBC Proms is one of the world's greatest
music festivals and now more than ever we are making it available
and accessible to the widest possible audience through Proms in
hope this will be an inspiring and uplifting weekend of music-making
as tradition returns to the Last Night of the Proms."
Morris, Project Director, BBC Live Events, said: "We are thrilled
that BBC Proms in the Park has extended its reach to Northern Ireland.
the commitment of BBC Proms and BBC Proms in the Park to reaching
as broad an audience as possible in this unique musical celebration.
warmly welcome all audiences in Donegall Square to the Last Night
and all those listening to the live broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster."
concerts are broadcast across BBC Radio and Television.
3 broadcasts the Last Night of the Proms live from the Royal Albert
Hall; Radio 2 broadcasts live coverage from Hyde Park whilst Proms
in the Park in Belfast and Gateshead are broadcast locally.
highlights of all three BBC Proms in the Park are shown as part
of the Last Night live coverage on BBC ONE and BBC TWO.
satellite viewers have an interactive finale to the Last Night for
the first time, with programme notes and texts for the sung items
BBC Proms website provides full details for each concert: www.bbc.co.uk/proms.
Proms press pack
is the event sponsor of BBC Proms in the Park in London and Gateshead,
CBBC Prom in the Park and Blue Planet Prom in the Park.