Huge demand for Fermanagh Proms


THE DEMAND for tickets for Proms in the Park at Castle Coole has been phenomenal, with the BBC confirming it’s one of their most popular events of the year.

With all successful ticket applicants now contacted for the big event on September 9, which will see 6,000 music fans descend on the historic Enniskillen estate, the BBC have revealed demand for the event has vastly outweighed its capacity.

“We have received over 40,000 applications from people living in different parts of the UK and Ireland, making it one of our most popular local BBC events in 2017,” said a spokesman, who added they were delighted with the response.


The news comes as the National Trust in Fermanagh revealed as of the end of July, over 55,000 had visited the three local properties of Castle Coole, Florence Court and Crom, with that number expected to surge this month and in September thanks to a packed programme of events still to come, including no shortage of musical


As Kate McGrath from National Trust Fermanagh explained, while all three properties have all seen a marked increase in foreign visitors, up 18 percent last year, it’s local support that keeps them running.

In the lead up to the Proms both locals and visits have been enjoying a range of musical activities, on an off site. Last week for example, the Drawing Room Opera gave impromptu performances at various locations in Enniskillen, such as the Diamond, the Round O, Enniskillen Castle and Castle Coole.

Recent weeks have also seen the talent of two young musicians, Oisin McManus and Usna MacErlane, performing on Castle Coole’s famous piano on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with these performances set to continue until the Proms.

Also, this coming weekend, music fans will be hoping for dry weather as the Arco String Quartet are set to perform at the Drying Green at Castle Coole on Sunday from 2pm.

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