THOUSANDS of music from across Ireland, the UK and beyond will descend on Fermanagh this weekend for BBC Proms in the Park, while millions more will be watching in on the county from the comfort of their living rooms.
The musical extravaganza gets under way at Castle Coole in Enniskillen tomorrow night, and will be hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum. Among the stellar line up will be Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and sensational virtuoso violinist, Daniel Hope, and one of the world’s biggest names in musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall, as well as local actor Adrian Dunbar.
With an estimated 6,000 people making their way to the National Trust property tomorrow evening, and due to the scale of the production on the historic site, the event cannot be accessed directly via Castle Coole. All ticket holders must make their way to St Angelo airport for ticket checks. They will then be taken to the venue from the airport by bus, and back again after the event, with a stop off on the return journey at the Railway Hotel in town.
Enniskillen Bid have also kindly put on a shuttle bus to the airport, leaving from between the Westville Hotel and Belmore Court Hotel at 4.15, with a second pick-up at the Enniskillen Hotel at 5pm. So you can enjoy a lunch in town and even have a drink beforehand.
Those attending the event should wear warm clothing and appropriate footwear, and those planning to have a little glass of wine while enjoying the music are reminded to transfer their tipples to plastic as glass is not permitted.
Those not lucky enough to have gotten a ticket can watch the concert on TV, where the main event of the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall will link up live with the three other Proms in the Park venues, including Fermanagh. Highlights of Castle Coole will also be available by pressing the red button on the night, and later on iPlayer, while selected extracts will also be available on BBC You Tube.
The entire concert will also be broadcast live throughout the evening on BBC Radio Ulster from 7.30pm, presented by John Toal, and online for audiences at home and around the world.