Derry pianist to perform at BBC Proms in the Park

Ruth McGinley.
Ruth McGinley.

Derry born pianist Ruth McGinley is to perform at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland which takes place in Belfast on Saturday, September 10.

Also on the line-up is locally based chamber choir Codetta, under the guidance of Dónal Doherty.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland has secured Broadway sensation John Owen-Jones and internationally acclaimed soprano Lesley Garrett for this year’s event in Belfast on Saturday 10 September.

John Owen-Jones will be flying in directly from New York where he has been playing to huge critical acclaim in Les Miserables. He had previously completed a successful run in London’s West End as the longest serving lead in Phantom of the Opera.

Lesley Garrett is much loved by local audiences and performs regularly on BBC television and radio. She has travelled the globe performing with some of the greatest orchestras and soloists of our time. She is also a prolific recording artist with 14 solo album releases.

BBC Proms in the Park Northern Ireland will also feature sensational virtuoso Clarinettist, Martin Fröst, known for his artistic collaborations with orchestras worldwide. Also performing are the virtuoso violinist siblings Vladimir and Anton from Slovakia.

The concert is BBC Northern Ireland’s biggest outside broadcast event of the year.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland is now in its 15th year and is supported by Belfast City Council.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland will be hosted by Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum. Extracts from the Belfast concert will be shown across the UK on BBC One and BBC Two on the night.

BBC Radio Ulster will also be live throughout the evening. Its coverage begins at 7.30pm.

Viewers will also be able to watch selected highlights from the Belfast concert online at www.bbc.co.uk/proms and on the BBC Red Button.

Complimentary tickets for this year’s Proms were allocated by random draw. Almost 70,000 ticket requests were received for this year’s event.