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Proms in Park sail from Belfast's Titanic Quarter to Castle Coole

By Noel McAdam

Proms in the Park is heading west in Northern Ireland this year. For the first time the annual nationwide BBC celebration of popular classical music will come live from the National Trust's Castle Coole estate in Co Fermanagh on Saturday, September 9.

The shift away from the Titanic Quarter, where the show has been staged over the last five years, was welcomed by DUP leader Arlene Foster, who is an MLA for the Fermanagh-South Tyrone area.

"I have long been asking the BBC to consider bringing the event to Co Fermanagh and Castle Coole is a wonderful choice of venue," she said.

"The Last Night of the Proms is a national institution and it is fantastic to see Proms in the Park coming to the west of Northern Ireland for the first time."

The stars for the event - now in its 16th year - and how people can apply for the 6,000 free tickets are to be announced at a later date.

But performers will as usual include the Ulster Orchestra conducted by David Brophy, who promises a programme combining classical and contemporary music - and a few surprises.

Tourism Northern Ireland's chief executive John McGrillen welcomed the announcement.

"Castle Coole is one of our leading tourist attractions and a magnificent venue for BBC Proms in the Park," he said.

"This four-star treasure delights the many visitors who enjoy it each year and concert-goers will love the tranquil setting of the Fermanagh Lakelands."

The concert will be hosted by Claire McCollum and Noel Thompson.

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