Rebecca, who has sold over five million records is currently taking the USA by storm. She will take to the stage at this year’s concert performing a tribute to mark the centenary of the late, great Billie Holliday.
Also celebrating a landmark anniversary, the cast of Riverdance perform one of the most iconic moments in music and dance history in this the 20th anniversary of the formation of this now world-renowned show.
The concert at Titanic Slipways in Belfast on Saturday, September 12th is BBC Northern Ireland’s biggest outside broadcast event of the year. It offers both home-grown and international talent performing alongside the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy.
Northern Ireland-born pianist and composer Barry Douglas joins the line-up, which includes 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.
BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland, now in its 14th year, returns to the Titanic Slipways in Belfast on Saturday 12 September and is supported by Belfast City Council.
The concert gives local audiences the opportunity to join in the music-making spectacular that is part of the Last Night of the Proms across the UK. The event in Belfast is part of the UK-wide celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms, which radiates out from the Royal Albert Hall to embrace all four nations of the UK on Saturday 12 September, with Last Night events in Hyde Park, London, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The BBC Proms is the world’s largest classical music festival, with 92 events in 2015 across eight weeks.
BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland will be hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum.
Extracts from Northern Ireland will be carried nationally across BBC One and BBC Two on the night. 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 18 September at 10.35pm.
Complimentary tickets for the event, which were issued through a random draw have all been allocated. For those attending the event full details of terms and conditions will be included with tickets.
Mike Edgar, Head of Entertainment and Events BBC Northern Ireland said: “We are really excited about returning to the magnificent location of Titanic Slipways with a top quality line-up including the superb talents of the cast of Riverdance, the sheer brilliance of violinist Charlie Siem, the vocal talents of Rebecca Ferguson and one of our most successful local musicians of all time, Barry Douglas alongside the Ulster Orchestra. I hope everyone attending, watching and listening will really savour this wonderful mix of talent.”