Visit the setting from BBC Proms in the Park 2017
Some of the world’s biggest names in music and theatre descended onto Castle Coole in County Fermanagh for what was BBC Northern Ireland’s biggest outdoor broadcast of the year.
The BBC Proms is the largest classical music festival in the world, with over 90 events taking place across eight weeks with one of its main events being hosted by the National Trust.
Thousands of people enjoyed a magical evening of classical and contemporary music at Castle Coole for BBC Proms in the Park 2017. We were delighted to host the event on the grounds of our beautiful wooded landscape park, alongside one of Ireland’s finest Neo-classical houses in the spotlight.
Hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum, Castle Coole was delighted to welcome Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and sensational virtuoso violinist, Daniel Hope.
The evening was further enhanced by one of the world’s biggest names in musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall. The multi-award winning singer and actress is best known for her lead roles in productions such as Chicago, Billy Elliot and Les Miserables which she has played on Broadway and London’s West End!
Local County Fermanagh-born actor Adrian Dunbar, joined us at Castle Coole and accompanied young harpist Richard Allen, one of the winners of the BBC Northern Ireland/Arts Council for Northern Ireland Young Musicians’ Platform Awards. The line-up was completed by an appearance of the acclaimed Irish ensemble, Anúna, alongside the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy.
With BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland now in its 16th year, Castle Coole staff and volunteers were gladly supported by our partners from Tourism Northern Ireland, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and BBC Northern Ireland to deliver this truly special occasion from within Castle Coole to thousands of people.
If you were unable to join us on the evening, highlights of the show can be viewed on BBC iPlayer.