BBC Proms 2008
BBC Proms In The Park
Saturday 13 September 2008: Hyde Park, London – Belfast – Singleton Park, Swansea – Glasgow Green, Glasgow
BBC Proms In The Park brings the magic of the last night of the Proms to more than a million people across the United Kingdom.
The four events in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are centred on a live concert, each with its own high-profile artists, BBC orchestras and presenters.
The regional events culminate in a live big-screen link-up to the Royal Albert Hall for the traditional festivities rounding off the world's biggest music festival.
The expanding programme of BBC Big Screens takes Proms In The Park around the country including Birmingham (Chamberlain Square), Bradford (Centenary Square), Derby (Market Place), Hull (Queen Victoria Square), Leeds (Millennium Square), Liverpool (Clayton Square), Manchester (Exchange Square), Rotherham (All Saints Square) and Swindon (Wharf Green) with other new screens currently being commissioned across the UK.
BBC radio and television favourites Sir Terry Wogan, Noel Thompson and Gethin Jones will present the London, Belfast and Swansea events respectively. Operatic legend José Carreras performs at Hyde Park, with other top artists to be announced over the coming months.
A huge variety of music groups and stars will again be involved around the country, and esteemed conductors, including Martin Yates (BBC Concert Orchestra), Kenneth Montgomery (BBC Ulster Orchestra), David Charles Abell (BBC National Orchestra of Wales) and Robert Ziegler (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra) lead the music festivities around the UK.
NS&I (National Savings and Investments), the government-backed savings and investments provider, renews its event sponsorship in the second year of a three-year deal covering all four venues.
Tim Mack, NS&I Head of Marketing and Communications, said: "The NS&I/BBC Proms In The Park partnership has been a huge success and we are delighted to be the sole sponsor for the third year. The event brings together a broad range of the best musical talent in an evening that is shared by a wide audience across the UK.
"NS&I is a long-standing supporter of classical music and we have been delighted to extend that to BBC Proms In The Park."
This year's concerts are broadcast live on BBC radio and television; BBC Radio 2 broadcasts live from London's Hyde Park; BBC Radio Ulster, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Wales broadcast their national events from Belfast, Glasgow and Swansea.
Televised highlights of all four Proms In The Park are shown as part of BBC One and BBC Two's live coverage of the last night of the Proms.
Digital TV viewers can press the Red button to watch a selection of Proms In The Park coverage from around the UK.
For full listings of all events please visit bbc.co.uk/proms.