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X Factor's Rebecca Ferguson to headline Belfast Proms in the Park


Belfast bound: Rebecca Ferguson

Belfast bound: Rebecca Ferguson

Belfast bound: Rebecca Ferguson

X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson is to headline this year's Proms in the Park event in Belfast - as Billie Holiday.

Though runner-up in the show in 2010, Ferguson is now an international singing sensation.

For the fourth year, the annual BBC landmark event is to be held on the Titanic Slipways, with excerpts broadcast across the UK.

The event - the BBC's biggest annual outside broadcast - will also mark 20 years since the launch of the world-renowned Riverdance.

The cast of the current show will be recreating the iconic musical along with the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of conductor David Brophy.

The line-up also includes Northern Ireland-born pianist and composer Barry Douglas; internationally acclaimed virtuoso violinist Charlie Siem; chart-topping tenor Noah Stewart; Lucy O'Byrne, from the BBC One series The Voice and the Belfast Community Gospel Choir.

Thousands of randomly-selected complimentary tickets have already been sent out for the gig, which is now in its 14th year .

The local audience will once again join in the spectacular that is part of the Last Night of the Proms across the UK - with similar events in Scotland and Wales, as well as the Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park in London.

Part of the Titanic event will be carried nationally across BBC One and BBC Two on the night but viewers may also choose to watch the entire Belfast concert online at bbc.co.uk/proms.

Further extracts will be carried on the BBC Red Button, and BBC Radio Ulster will also be live on the night with presenter John Toal from 7.30pm.

BBC One Northern Ireland will broadcast a television highlights programmes on Friday, September 18 at 10.35pm, with hosts Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum.

Belfast Telegraph