BBC Proms In The Park returns to Belfast City Hall
BBC Proms In The Park returns to the grounds of City Hall, Belfast on Saturday 13 September 2008.
After one year away from the City Hall, the hugely popular outdoor musical extravaganza is back and promises to be even better than ever.
BBC Proms In The Park is now in its seventh year and sees BBC Northern Ireland, in partnership with Belfast City Council and event sponsors NS&I, teaming up with the Ulster Orchestra on a grand scale to present a night of popular classics.
BBC Northern Ireland's Noel Thompson will present the concert, which will feature international stars joining the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of its principal conductor, Kenneth Montgomery.
Picnic hampers, big screens, lighting displays – it's all part of a three-hour classical party enjoyed by promenaders from all over Northern Ireland.
Once again, the event is being staged in cities across the United Kingdom as part of the BBC's Last Night Of The Proms.
Complimentary tickets for the Belfast event are available by phoning 0370 901 1227 or by logging on to www.bbc.co.uk/ni/tickets.
Alternatively audiences can listen to, or view, BBC Proms In The Park as it will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster and on BBCi via the red button from 8pm.
BBC Proms In The Park Belfast will be recorded by Landseer Productions and shown on BBC Northern Ireland television later in the year.
Local promenaders will be able to view sections of the Last Night Of The Proms from London's Royal Albert Hall throughout the night on giant video screens in the grounds of Belfast City Hall.
Peter Johnston, Controller, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "Proms In The Park is one of the most prestigious large-scale events the BBC undertakes each year.
"We are really looking forward to returning to the grounds of City Hall after the great success of last year's event at Carrickfergus.
"Promenaders can be assured of a very special evening of great music from a mix of talented local and international artists, all set against the stunning backdrop of Belfast's City Hall."
Belfast Lord Mayor Tom Hartley said: "This is the sixth year that the council and BBC Northern Ireland have worked together to bring Proms In The Park into the heart of Belfast.
"In that time, Proms has become one of the highlights of our events calendar and just gets better every year.
"Belfast City Council remains totally committed to supporting cultural activity in all four corners of the city.
"Last year, we invested £1.6million in culture and arts groups, from grassroots level up, not counting the substantial investment we are making, on an ongoing basis, in the continued development of the city's cultural infrastructure.
"Events such as the Proms are not only good for the people of the city, they are vital in helping promote a positive image of Belfast to a wider audience – and so benefiting the profile of the city as a tourist destination.
"The evening promises a musical feast from one of the world's greatest orchestras and some of the finest soloists in the field."