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The Corrs and Ramon Vargas join Proms in the Park line up

Category: BBC Proms & Orchestras
Date: 17.06.2004
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Saturday 11 September - Hyde Park

Top international Irish band The Corrs have been added to the Hyde Park line-up for BBC Proms in the Park on 11 September.

The hugely popular band will perform a special orchestrated set on stage to celebrate the Last Night of the Proms, along with acclaimed Mexican tenor Ramon Vargas and a host of other stars.

World-renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie and winners of the popular TV series Operatunity, Denise Leigh and Jane Gilchrist, are among the other stars who join the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform some of the nation's best-loved music.

The legendary Carl Davis conducts.

Terry Wogan once again hosts the evening's entertainment and the Royal Choral Society leads the singing as the 2004 Proms season comes to its rousing conclusion.

Celebrations begin in the late afternoon when Radio 2's Ken Bruce presents ABBA tribute stars Björn Again, the colourful Scottish/Latin group Salsa Celtica and jazz performer Ray Gelato.

Sunday 12 September - Hyde Park

The collaboration between the BBC Proms in the Park and Disney features the music of favourite movies such as The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Mary Poppins.

There will be plenty of action and surprise guests joining the BBC Concert Orchestra on stage, and big screens will carry footage of the featured films. The event will culminate in a spectacular finale.

Saturday 11 September - Belfast, Swansea, Manchester & Glasgow

Following the huge success of Proms in the Park in all four nations of the United Kingdom for the first time in 2003, the 2004 Last Night celebrations go one further as Manchester joins the party.

With events in London, Belfast, Swansea, Glasgow and Manchester this will be the biggest year yet for Proms in the Park.

As in previous years each city will have its own distinctive concert before joining together with big screen link-ups for the live relay of the famous finale of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.

Bill Morris, Project Director, BBC Live Events, says: "We thought BBC Proms in the Park couldn't get any bigger than holding events in all four nations of the United Kingdom, but we are delighted to welcome Manchester in 2004, making the biggest Last Night of the Proms celebrations to date."

Manchester joins for the first time for an event using the backdrop of the Urbis museum in the grounds of the Cathedral Gardens featuring former BBC Young Musician of the Year winner Jennifer Pike and the world-class Hallé Orchestra conducted by John Wilson.

Northern Ireland hosts BBC Proms in the Park for the third time with audiences in the grounds of City Hall in Belfast's Donegall Square joining the Ulster Orchestra for a feast of entertainment.

Conducted by Thierry Fischer, songs come courtesy of acclaimed baritone Bruno Caproni and home-grown star, flautist James Galway
In Swansea the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is conducted by Grant Llewellyn.

National favourite Aled Jones presents the concert and is joined by Welsh tenor Dennis O'Neill, Broadway star Kim Criswell and the all-girl string quartet Celticana, while at Glasgow's Pacific Quay the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra joins the fun for the second year.

Fresh from winning BBC Young Musician of the Year 2004, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti performs on stage with a whole host of stars including acoustic guitar phenomenon Martin Taylor.

Notes to Editors

BBC Proms in the Park, a regular fixture of the Last Night of the Proms since 1996, is now an established part of the BBC Proms season attracting capacity audiences to London's Hyde Park and other venues throughout the UK.

The concerts are broadcast live across BBC Radio and Television.

Radio 2 broadcasts live coverage from Hyde Park, and BBC Radio Wales, Scotland, Ulster and GMR will broadcast their local events.

Televised highlights of all five Proms in the Park will be shown as part of BBC ONE and BBC TWO's live coverage of the Last Night of the Proms.

Digital satellite, Freeview and digital cable viewers can press the red button to access an interactive TV service for the Last Night of the Proms on BBC TWO and BBC ONE.

The interactive service will enable digital satellite and digital cable viewers to access programme notes for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall and live footage from Proms in the Park concerts across the country.

Freeview viewers will be able to access programme notes for the concert in the Royal Albert Hall and live footage from Hyde Park.

Event sponsored by Renault UK Ltd.

Ticket Information

The BBC Proms in the Park website provides full details and booking facilities for each concert




Category: BBC Proms & Orchestras
Date: 17.06.2004
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