Proms & Orchestras
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
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
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
In Swansea the BBC National Orchestra of Wales is conducted by Grant
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
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.
The BBC Proms in the Park website provides full details and booking
facilities for each concert bbc.co.uk/proms.