Castle Coole to host BBC Proms in the Park

BBC Proms comes to Castle Coole
Published : 17 May 2017

This is the first time the event will be staged in County Fermanagh and we are delighted that Castle Coole has been chosen as the venue of this prestigious musical event giving local audiences the opportunity to join in with the BBC Proms celebrations.

Now in its 16th year, this year’s BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland will bring together internationally acclaimed performers from home and around the world to Castle Coole. They will be performing alongside the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy, in a programme which combines classical and contemporary music and a few surprises.

A global stage

The BBC Proms is the world’s largest classical music festival presenting over eight weeks of events and more than 90 concerts.

6,000 tickets will be available for the event on the 9 September which is part of the UK-wide celebrations of the Last Night of the Proms.

Jim Chestnutt, General Manager of the Fermanagh Property Group for the National Trust, said: 'We are delighted to be working with our other partners to bring BBC Proms in the Park to Castle Coole. This event presents an exciting opportunity to showcase Castle Coole within the wider setting of the beautiful Fermanagh countryside. We look forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to one of the most important places in the care of the National Trust for a magical evening of musical entertainment.'

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland will be hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum.

A showcase for the Fermanagh Lakelands

BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland is supported by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Tourism Northern Ireland.

Tourism Northern Ireland’s Chief Executive, John McGrillen, said: 'Castle Coole is one of our leading tourist attractions and a magnificent venue for BBC Proms in the Park. This four-star treasure delights the many visitors who enjoy it each year and concert-goers will love the tranquil setting of the Fermanagh Lakelands.'

Fermanagh-born pianist, Oisin McManus at the launch of BBC Proms at Castle Coole
Fermanagh-born pianist, Oisin McManus at the launch of BBC Proms at Castle Coole

Helping to launch the event was young Fermanagh-born pianist, Oisin McManus (17), who recently won the Best Musician at the Fermanagh Feis, and making their first public appearance since be named as this year’s BBC Radio Ulster School Choir of the Year were the choir from St Lawrence’s Primary School, Fintona.

BBC Proms in the Park ticket information

Tickets to BBC Northern Ireland's Proms in the Park event are complimentary and will be allocated following a random draw.

Details of how to apply for tickets to BBC Proms in the Park at Castle Coole will be announced in the coming weeks.

For more information visit the BBC Proms in the Park website bbc.co.uk/promsinthepark