Northern Ireland

Proms time at Belfast's Titanic Slipways,

Soprano Hayley Westenra and American singer Noah Stewart join Proms in the Park hosts Noel Thompson, Claire McCollum at the Titanic Slipways, Belfast. where tonight’ night’s event will be staged.
Image caption Soprano Hayley Westenra and American singer Noah Stewart with hosts Noel Thompson (left) and Claire McCollum (right) at the Titanic Slipways, Belfast. where tonight’s event will be staged.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy a magical evening of music at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast on Saturday at this year's BBC Proms in the Park.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland is in its eleventh year and all tickets for the free event have been allocated.

This year BBC Proms in the Park teams up once again with the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of Christopher Bell for what will be a spectacular night of popular classical and contemporary music.

The event is part of the BBC's prestigious Last Night of the Proms celebrations as once again Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England host ambitious live events to mark the end of the world's largest classical music festival.

Proms in the Park from the Titanic Slipways, Belfast, is hosted by BBC Northern Ireland's Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum.

It is the first time Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland has come from Belfast since 2008.


The event will feature performances from renowned musicians and singers from the worlds of classical and contemporary music including internationally acclaimed tenor Noah Stewart, superstar soprano Hayley Westenra, Bangor-born troubadour Foy Vance, award-winning flautist Eimear McGeown and renowned folk act McPeake (formed by Francis McPeake IV from the legendary McPeake Family).

Ahead of his performance at BBC Proms in the Park, Noah Stewart said: "'I am delighted to be coming to Northern Ireland for the first time and to be visiting the H&W dockyard during centenary year of the sinking of the Titanic."

Francis McPeake IV says: "It's the best feeling in the world to be coming home from a US tour to perform in our home town.

"It couldn't be nicer to celebrate both the 60th Anniversary of my great-grandfather's song 'Will Ye Go Lassie Go' and the centenary of the Titanic at such a historic site.

"It will be a great night for everyone."

Staged with the stunning backdrop of Titanic Belfast and the Harland and Wolff cranes, the event will both celebrate Northern Ireland's achievements in industry and culture and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic through classical, contemporary and traditional music.

For those who did not get tickets, the event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster from 19:30 BST, presented by John Toal.

Titanic slipways

A selection of television viewing options will also be available via the red button for digital TV viewers.

The programme will be recorded by BBC Northern Ireland to be shown on television later in the year.

For those attending the concert, access to the Titanic Slipways will be from 17:30 BST.

As this is an outdoor event, audiences are advised to dress for the weather.

Public transport, train and bus services will operate as normal.

There is car parking signage within the Titanic Quarter and on approach roads and Queens Road.

Car parking will be available in the Titanic Belfast basement car park, Titanic surface car parks and the Belfast Met basement car cark.

The parking charge is expected to be £5.00 and exits from these car parks will be restricted after the event until the Queens Road is clear of pedestrians.

Peter Johnston, Director BBC Northern Ireland, said: "Proms in the Park is one of the most significant events the BBC undertakes each year and we are really looking forward to bringing it for the first time from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. Everyone can be assured of a very special evening of great music with a great mix of talented local and international artists."