BBC Wales announced in April that the annual outdoor September spectacular featuring the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, will be coming to Parc Eirias on Saturday 10 September, and over 2,000 tickets have already been sold - with seated tickets almost sold out.
The popular family occasion will welcome crowds to bring picnics and flags to enjoy an evening of music, fireworks and fun. The feast of live music will be broadcast on BBC services and is part of a UK-wide celebration of the Last Night of the Proms 2016.
Gareth Davies, BBC Wales’s Head of Marketing and Events, who is from Colwyn Bay, said: “I’m thrilled that ticket sales so far have been so encouraging. Parc Eirias is an established venue for events of the highest calibre, and I’m pleased that we are able to bring BBC Proms in the Park to the town. It should be a memorable evening in September.”
The first special guest confirmed for the line-up is 17-year-old cellist and BBC Young Musician 2016, Sheku Kanneh-Mason from Nottingham. Sheku, who began learning the cello aged six, has performed on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune, and featured on Front Row on BBC Radio 4.
Sheku Kanneh-Mason said: “I am very fond of Wales, having visited regularly with my family over the years, so it is really exciting to have the opportunity to perform at the BBC Proms in the Park in Colwyn Bay. There’s something very special about open air performances and I know just how beautiful this part of Wales is. With the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, it should be an event to remember.”
The BBC Proms is the world’s biggest classical music festival, they offer 8 weeks of world-class music-making from a vast array of leading orchestras, conductors and soloists from the UK and around the world.
John Hall (Flute), Emilie Godden (Violin) and Neil Shewan (French Horn) of the BBC
With over 90 concerts, the festival aims to offer a summer of music that allows for the most diverse and exciting music journeys. With every Prom broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and many televised on the BBC, the Proms reaches far and beyond the finale at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Full details can be found at BBC Proms website.
Wales has played host to many big events including musical legends such as Lionel Richie and Beyonce. Major sporting events also hosted in Wales include The World Snooker Grand Prix and the Ryder Cup. Even the world famous Monster Jam has returned to Cardiff’s Principality Stadium this September for its only UK date, so it’s great that we can host and perform so well at such events.
Tony Hadley will perform with full orchestral backing. As lead singer of Spandau Ballet, Tony became one of pop music’s best-known vocalists, thanks to hits including Gold, True and Only When You Leave. With one of pop’s most recognisable voices, he is a solo artist in his own right, and has spent the past 20 years entertaining audiences all over the world.
Also announced, Wales-based Grammy award-winning Amy Wadge, one of the UK’s most prolific contemporary songwriters. Amy’s most notable success to date comes from her long-established writing partnership with Ed Sheeran. Thinking Out Loud went to number one in the UK chart in November 2014. The first track ever to remain in the top 40 for a whole year, it subsequently became a multi-platinum-selling global hit. In December 2015, the track was nominated for three Grammys and won Song of the Year.
Also confirmed is Welsh tenor Wynne Evans who has sung major principal roles at many of the world’s leading opera houses including The Royal Opera House, Welsh National Opera, Teatro La Fenice, Opera De Lyon and Glyndebourne. His debut album A Song in My Heart went to Number 1 in the classical charts. He also sang the role of Piangi in the 25 year anniversary performance of The Phantom of the Opera, which was broadcast live from the Royal Albert Hall to cinemas worldwide.
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