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Midge Ure among stars at BBC NI's Proms in the Park

By Staff Reporter

Music legend Midge Ure, Broadway star Kim Criswell, classical guitar supremo Xuefei Yang and internationally acclaimed mandolin virtuoso Avi Avital are all set to appear at BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland this Saturday, September 8.

The concert is BBC Northern Ireland's biggest outside broadcast event of the year, with both home-grown and international talent performing alongside the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy.

Approximately 11,000 people are expected to attend the event at the Titanic Slipways, Belfast.

Midge Ure has enjoyed massive success with bands such as Ultravox, Slik and Thin Lizzy. Alongside Bob Geldof he was the driving force behind the legendary Live Aid concert and Band Aid fundraising record. He will be flying in directly from the US, where he is currently on tour.

For more than four decades, Broadway and West End star Kim Criswell, from Chattanooga, Tennessee, has travelled the globe performing with some of the greatest orchestras of our time. She has sung at La Scala in Milan, the Carnegie Hall in New York and London's Royal Albert Hall, .

BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland will also feature sensational guitarist Xuefei Yang and internationally acclaimed mandolinist Avi Avital, who will be performing with renowned percussionist Itamar Doari.

Also taking to the stage will be Lurgan-born acclaimed classical-crossover baritone Karl McGuckin and the Ulster Youth Choir. The line-up is completed with an appearance by 10 members of the cast of Titanic Dance, the show which tells a heart-gripping love story of the ship's maiden voyage across the Atlantic.

This concert will be part of celebrations to mark the Last Night of the Proms, and will link music-making festivities at London's Royal Albert Hall with BBC events around the UK.

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