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Thousands flock to Proms in the Park


Noelle McAloon, Anne Mooney and Caroline Donegan from Enniskillen enjoy a night out at BBC Proms in the Park in the grounds of Castle Coole. Photo: William Cherry/Presseye

An audience of 5,000 were treated to a magical evening of classical and contemporary music in the grounds of Castle Coole on Saturday evening. 
The historic stately home of Lord Belmore proved a striking backdrop for the musical outdoor extravaganza that was BBC Proms in the Park. 
The stellar line-up included an array of international and home-grown classical and contemporary music stars including the Ulster Orchestra under the baton of David Brophy; the living legend of flute Sir James Galway and his wife Lady Jeanne; internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie; sensational virtuoso violinist Daniel Hope and one of the world’s biggest names in musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall. 
Also taking to the stage was Enniskillen’s own Adrian Dunbar who recited two specially commissioned works by Irvinestown-born poet Frank Ormsby, accompanied by young harpist Richard Allen. Ruthie Henshall performed a medley of wartime songs accompanied on the big screen by images of US troops stationed in Fermanagh during World War Two. There was a nod too to the late composer and pianist Joan Trimble with a performance of her one of greatest works by the Ulster Orchestra. During the evening, acclaimed Irish ensemble Anuna moved the UK-wide audience with their rendition of ‘Danny Boy’.
The event was hosted by presenters Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum and formed part of the BBC’s prestigious Last Night of the Proms celebrations with Enniskillen chosen to host one of four ambitious live events to mark the final night of the world’s largest classical music festival. A magnificent fireworks display lit up the sky to bring the evening’s entertainment to a close. 
Those who missed out on tickets to the event can enjoy a highlights programme from the concert which will be shown on BBC One NI on Sunday 24th September.

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