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BBC Proms In The Park comes to the Tees Valley

The Tees Valley has been chosen as a new host for BBC Proms In The Park 2007, which takes place on Saturday 8 September.


The nationally renowned event, sponsored by NS&I (National Savings and Investments), will enable 7,000 people to take part in the famous Last Night of the Proms celebrations in Middlesbrough's impressive new Centre Square, with world-class North East orchestra Northern Sinfonia taking pride of place as the centrepiece for the evening's music.


The event will be presented by Matthew Davies, BBC Radio Cleveland's breakfast show host, and will be linked to simultaneous Proms in the Park events nationwide in London, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.


Further details of the line-up, ticket prices and booking information will be available after the official BBC Proms season launch on 25 April, via


Nicholas Kenyon, Director of BBC Proms and Live Events, says: "We are delighted to welcome the Tees Valley as a new host for BBC Proms in the Park in 2007.


"Over the last few years the famous Last Night Of The Proms has expanded to provide a great celebration of music-making around the nations of the UK, and we are very pleased that Middlesbrough will be at the heart of this year's event.


"The level of public support for the bid has been very impressive and we look forward to working together."


Local opera singer Suzannah Clarke has championed the campaign to bring the BBC Proms In The Park to the area and chairs the local steering committee.


She says: "Winning this event is a huge boost for the entire Tees Valley and indeed the whole of North East England.


"A key element has been the enormous amount of enthusiasm for the project shown by everyone in the area and I'm sure the interest will continue to grow over the coming months.


"BBC Proms In The Park links up the entire nation for one night and it is terrific to be a crucial part of the celebrations, and to show everyone what the Tees Valley can do.


"It will provide a great platform for local talent to perform alongside top artists and will make an important contribution to the region's world-class programme of events and festivals."


The BBC is pleased to announce that NS&I (National Savings and Investments), the Government-backed savings and investments provider, have extended their role as event sponsor of all five BBC Proms In The Park events in a new three-year deal.


Peter Cornish, NS&I Marketing Director, says: "As proud sponsors of the event NS&I would like to extend our congratulations to the Tees Valley and welcome them to the Proms In The Park family.


"We're enormously excited to be sponsoring this wonderful event for the second year running and look forward to enjoying the evening with all our guests in Middlesbrough and the other four locations across the United Kingdom."


BBC Proms In The Park brings together a mix of classical and contemporary music, culminating with a big-screen link-up to London's Royal Albert Hall for the famous Last Night Of The Proms celebrations.


More than 100,000 people participate nationwide, with millions listening via television and radio, making it one of the nation's largest musical celebrations.


The event was introduced 10 years ago to extend the magic of the Last Night Of The Proms and is now an integral part of the UK's music calendar extending across the whole of the United Kingdom.


Notes to Editors


Membership of the Tees Valley Proms In The Park Steering Group includes Middlesbrough Council, Darlington Council, Hartlepool Council, Redcar and Cleveland Council, Stockton-on-Tees Council, Tees Valley Partnership, the Tees Valley Area Tourism Partnership, One NorthEast, the Arts Council England North East and the Culture10 curated regional festivals and events programme, managed by destination marketing agency Newcastle Gateshead Initiative.










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Category: Proms & Orchestras
Date: 15.03.2007
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