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Diva Jenkins the star of Belfast's Proms in Park

BY NOEL MCADAM

Classical superstar Katherine Jenkins is on her way to Northern Ireland where she will complete a Last Night of the Proms hat-trick.

The mezzo soprano has already performed in London and Cardiff's Proms events.

And now the Welsh singer with the 'wow' factor will take centre stage at Belfast's Proms in the Park, which is returning for a second year to the Titanic Slipways on Saturday, September 7.

She will be accompanied in the glittering line-up by home-grown talent – Phil Coulter and the Ulster Orchestra.

"The Last Night of the Proms holds many special memories for me having performed at the Hyde Park concert and Welsh Proms in the Park several times," the multi-platinum selling artist said.

"I'm thrilled that I will now be adding Belfast to the list and look forward to singing with all my friends there."

Now in its 12th year, the Belfast Proms will also feature Lithuanian accordion player Martynas, who recently topped the classical music album chart, and virtuoso violinist Chloe Hanslip, who has been playing since the age of two.

BBC Northern Ireland announced last night that there will be a sneak preview of part of a new music and dance spectacular, Heartbeat Of Home. The production, from the people behind Riverdance, is due to have its world premiere in Dublin later this year.

Thousands have applied to attend the concert and the lucky winners should receive their tickets in the next few days.

Hosted by broadcasters Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum, a slice of the action from Belfast will slip into the national Last Night of the Proms broadcast. A special highlights programme on BBC NI and BBC Four will be aired at a later date.

BBC NI director Peter Johnston 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 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 Signature building."

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As well as being broadcast nationally, the Proms in the Park will also be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster and digital radio, with the entire show also available live online at bbc.co.uk/ proms. Extracts from all four Proms in the Park concerts will be available on the evening of September 7 via the red button for BBC viewers on digital television.

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