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BBC NI defends absence of God Save the Queen from Belfast Proms playlist

Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland.
Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland.

The BBC in Northern Ireland has said their version of Proms in the Park has always been designed to offer a different concert than the one that takes place at the Royal Albert Hall.

The comments came after the broadcaster was criticised for not including the songs God Save the Queen or Rule Britannia in the running order of the event, which took place in Belfast, on Saturday, September 14.

It's led to calls for BBC NI to incorporate more of the songs that are played each year at the Royal Albert Hall.

"BBC Proms in the Park’ in the nations is aligned to ‘Last night of the Proms’ at the Royal Albert Hall; however it is not a musical relay and had always been designed to offer audiences attending the live event a different concert to that in the Royal Albert Hall," said a spokesperson.

The singer Susan Boyle headlined the event for the first time and performed with the Australian tenor Mark Vincent and the Ulster Orchestra.

The spokesperson said: "The BBC Proms in the Park concert in Northern Ireland has always offered our local audience a diverse mix of live performances from home grown and internationally renowned artists, as well as some televised Last Night of the Proms moments across the evening.

"People attending the concert here in Northern Ireland are largely aware of this and it has been this way since it began locally in 2002."

Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle performs with the Ulster Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle performs with the Ulster Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. Credit: William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The New Irish Chamber Choir performs at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye The New Irish Chamber Choir performs at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle performs with the Ulster Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle performs with the Ulster Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle performs with the Ulster Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Australian Tenor Mark Vincent at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle performs with the Ulster Orchestra at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Australian Tenor Mark Vincent at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Australian Tenor Mark Vincent at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Australian Tenor Mark Vincent at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Australian Tenor Mark Vincent at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pianist Elizabeth Brauss, one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists performs at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye 6 Acclaimed violinist Ziyu He, one of the star performers at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pianist Elizabeth Brauss, one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists performs at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pianist Elizabeth Brauss, one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists performs at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Pianist Elizabeth Brauss, one of BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists performs at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Local musician Tom Myles performs at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Some of the thousands of promenaders gathered at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park Northern Ireland. A special highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm, followed by a programme featuring highlights of Proms in the Park from across the UK on BBC Four at 7pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Gary Armstrong, Matthew Wilson, Lynn Woodside, Andrene Armstrong and Scott Woodside from Carrickfergus all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Holly Morrow with Roberta Hadden, Faith Farrell and Jayne Morrow from Co. Armagh all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Rebekah Creane, Sarah Creane, Joanna Irwin and David Irwin from Omagh and Lurgan all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Rebekah Creane, Sarah Creane, Joanna Irwin and David Irwin from Omagh and Lurgan all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Colin and Rhonda Wilson from Lisburn all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye John McKavanagh, Triona O'Reilly, David O'Reilly, Louise O'Reilly and Danny O'Reilly from Belfast and Kildare all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Karen Smyrl, Cherith Liddle, Kathryn Belch and Gillian Thompson from Comber all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Noel Thompson and Marie Louise Muir presented this year’s BBC Proms In The Park from the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye John and Gloria Cardwell from Canada with Jim Cardwell and Janet Smyth from Ballyclare are all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye James, Joseph,Therese and Micheal from Lisburn all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Katie Simpson (7) and Emily Simpson (4) from Belfast all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th September 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Kerry Thompson, Keira Marshall, Ciara McMicheal, Caroline Norris and Emma Hendry are all set up for this yearÕs BBC Proms In The Park at the Titanic Slipways in Belfast. The event was live on BBC Radio Ulster and a special TV highlights programme will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 22 September at 5.35pm Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

Around 10,000 people attended the sold-out concert at the Titanic slipways in the city.

Those watching the event at home on BBC One or listening on BBC Radio 3 get the full Royal Albert Hall Concert whether they’re in England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

There are only a couple of link ups with the Last Night Of The Proms from the live event in Northern Ireland.

The Last Night Of The Proms took a performance of Danny Boy from Northern Ireland, and the event played Land Of Hope And Glory from the Last Night Of The Proms event in the Royal Albert Hall in London.

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