Belfast Telegraph

Notable night for classical fans

By Gary Grattan

Thousands of people enjoyed an evening of classical music in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle on Saturday evening at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park.

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 event — which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster — was staged in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle and featured performances from acclaimed flautist Lady Jeanne Galway, who joined her husband Sir James on stage for a performance of ‘76 Trombones’, Newtownards-born soprano Rebekah Coffey, West End singer Peter Corry, as well as the 1st Old Boys Silver Band from Belfast.

This was the eighth BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland and saw the event — supported by 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 which saw the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of conductor Wayne Marshall.

Local promenaders also viewed sections of the Last Night of the Proms from the 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.

Lisburn mayor Allan Ewart said he was delighted and proud the city played host to such a spectacular event.

“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,” he said.

Mr Ewart added: “It is especially fitting that this extravaganza took place here in the city, in this our 400th anniversary of the founding of Lisburn.”

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