Visit the setting from BBC Proms in the Park 2017

BBC Proms in the Park main stage alongside Castle Coole House

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.

Castle Coole was proud to host BBC Proms in the Park in 2017.
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Castle Coole was proud to host BBC Proms in the Park in 2017.

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.

The line-up

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.

Sir James Galway entertaining the crowd at Castle Coole
Sir James Galway playing at BBC Proms in the Park
Sir James Galway entertaining the crowd at Castle Coole

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!

The evening drawing to a close as night time falls over Castle Coole
The evening drawing to a close as night time falls over Castle Coole
The evening drawing to a close as night time falls over Castle Coole

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.

Local Fermanagh born actor, Aidrian Dunbar
Local Fermanagh actor Aidrian Dunbar
Local Fermanagh born actor, Aidrian Dunbar

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.

Come and see where it all happened

Fireworks behind Castle Coole House as BBC Proms in the Park draws to a close
Fireworks behind Castle Coole House as BBC Proms in the Park draws to a close
Fireworks behind Castle Coole House as BBC Proms in the Park draws to a close

Don’t forget to come and visit the setting of this magnificent event for yourself and experience the stately grandeur of this stunning 18th-century mansion set in a beautiful wooded landscape park, ideal for family walks!