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Thousands flock to BBC Proms In The Park at Hillsborough Castle

BBC Proms In The Park 2009

Thousands of people enjoyed an evening of classical music in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle at this year's BBC Proms In The Park at the weekend.

Seven thousand promenaders were treated to a classical outdoor extravaganza headlined by internationally acclaimed Belfast-born flautist Sir James Galway who was joined by some of the most accomplished and well known names in classical and operatic music.

For the first time, the hugely popular outdoor musical concert was staged in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle and featured performances from acclaimed flautist Lady Jeanne Galway, who joined her husband on stage for a performance of 76 Trombones; Newtownards-born soprano Rebekah Coffey; West End singer Peter Corry and the 1st Old Boys Silver Band from Belfast.

BBC Proms In The Park 2009

This was the eighth BBC Proms In The Park in Northern Ireland and saw the event, supported by NS&I (National Savings & Investments) and Lisburn City Council, team up with the Ulster Orchestra on a grand scale to present a night of popular classics.

BBC Northern Ireland's Noel Thompson presented the concert with the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of conductor Wayne Marshall and was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster.

Local promenaders also viewed sections of the Last Night Of The Proms from London's Royal Albert Hall throughout the night on a giant video screen in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle.

Once again, the event was staged in cities across the United Kingdom as part of the BBC's Last Night Of The Proms.

BBC Proms In The Park in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle was recorded by Landseer Productions and will be shown on BBC Northern Ireland television later in the year.

The Mayor of Lisburn City Council, Councillor Allan Ewart, said he was delighted and proud that the City played host to such a spectacular event.

Councillor Ewart said: "This year's Proms In The Park was a wonderful occasion, made all the more special by the stunning backdrop of Hillsborough Castle and such a line-up of world class entertainers.

"It is especially fitting that this extravaganza took place here in the city, in this, our 400th Anniversary of the founding of Lisburn, and we look forward to many more internationally recognised events taking place within our City.

"I would like to thank the BBC, the organisers and the thousands of visitors who made the 2009 Proms In The Park in Hillsborough such a truly memorable occasion for everyone."

BBC Northern Ireland Press Office

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