Northern Ireland

4,500 enjoy BBC Proms in the Park at Hillsborough

The Priests
Image caption The Priests headlined the BBC Proms in the Park at Hillsborough Castle

More than 4,500 people have enjoyed this year's BBC Proms in the Park in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle.

The concert was headlined by NI group The Priests, following the withdrawal of Russell Watson due to illness.

Russian-born violinist Alexandra Soumm, the Ulster Orchestra - led by world-renowned conductor Carl Davis, and Duke Special also gave performances.

Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum presented the concert which was broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland is now in its ninth year.

The event was part of the BBC's prestigious Last Night of the Proms celebrations as once again Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England hosted live events to mark the end of the world's largest classical music festival.

Local concert goers were able to view sections of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall throughout the night on a giant video screen in the grounds of Hillsborough Castle.

The concert at the castle was recorded by BBC Northern Ireland and will be shown on television later in the year.

The Mayor of Lisburn, Paul Porter, said he was delighted the city had hosted the event.

"The BBC Proms in the Park was once again a wonderful occasion for Northern Ireland," he said.

"The line up of world famous artists entertained Prom Goers with a truly spectacular performance."

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