Thousands of people are expected to enjoy a magical evening of music at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast tomorrow night (Saturday, September 7) at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park.
BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland is in its 12th 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 David Brophy – for what will be a spectacular night of popular classical and contemporary music.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Councillor Maírtín Ó Muilleoir said: “I am delighted that the Proms is coming to Belfast for the second successive year. The Council is committed to supporting major events that promote the city in a positive light to a wide audience.
“Due to its location on the slipways, the Proms provides us with the specific opportunity to display the city’s Titanic connections and hopefully encourage more visitors to come, but it also allows us to show the rich musical heritage of the city. It promises to be a magnificent occasion with a feast of great music in store for both those attending the concert and those watching at home.”
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.
BBC Proms in the Park from the Titanic Slipways, Belfast, is hosted by BBC Northern Ireland’s Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum. This is the second time the concert has been staged on the Slipways.
The event will feature performances from mezzo soprano superstar Katherine Jenkins, together with internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Coulter, Lithuanian accordion player Martynas, who recently topped the Classical Music Album Chart, and virtuoso violinist Chloe Hanslip.
As an extra special treat, the Proms audiences at home and on the site will be given a sneak preview of a section of a new music and dance spectacular ‘Heartbeat of Home’ from the producers of ‘Riverdance’, which is due for its world premiere in Dublin next month.
It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster 92-95FM & 1341MW, and on DAB Radio, presented by John Toal. The entire Belfast Prom will also be available to view live online at bbc.co.uk/proms. Extracts from all four Proms in the Park concerts will be available tomorrow evening (September 7) via the Red Button for BBC viewers on digital television.
Elements of the Titanic Slipways live Prom will also feature on the BBC network programme on the evening. A special highlights programme will be broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland television later this year, with further highlights from the four Proms concerts on BBC Four on Friday, September 20 at 7.30pm.
For those attending the concert, access to the Titanic Slipways will be from 5.30pm on Saturday, September 7. As this is an outdoor event, audiences are advised to dress for the weather.
For those using public transport, train and bus services will operate as normal. For those driving to the event there will be clear 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: “Following on from the success of last year we are very excited to bring the 2013 BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland back again to Belfast and to the Titanic Slipways. This event is one of the most prestigious and large-scale events we undertake each year and music lovers can be assured of a very special evening of music and celebration from an eclectic line-up of local and international talent – all set against the stunning backdrop of the Titanic Belfast building.”