Saturday 14 September, Hyde Park, London
Conductor Richard Balcombe
BBC Concert Orchestra
Presented by Michael Ball
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 2
One of the UK’s most treasured outdoor events, BBC Proms in the Park will return to London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 14 September, as part of the world-famous Last Night of the Proms.
As announced this morning on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show, Barry Manilow is confirmed as this year’s headliner. Other artists include American singer-songwriter and founding member of The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde, English-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti, iconic East London-born RnB and soul singer Gabrielle and star operatic soprano Aida Garifullina.
In addition to a number of solo artists, this year’s line-up will feature a very special duo in the shape of 90s British pop giants Lighthouse Family. The famous Hyde Park stage will also host Rock Choir, who return for the second year running, as well as the BBC Concert Orchestra under conductor Richard Balcombe.
The Grammy award-winning singer Barry Manilow, known for global hits such as ‘Copacabana (At the Copa)’ (1978), ‘Mandy’ (1974) and ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ (1977), will headline Proms in the Park 2019. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Manilow has recorded and released 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 numbers ones, some of which he will bring to Hyde Park for a live performance alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Speaking ahead of the event, Barry Manilow, said: “I am so excited to be coming back to London’s Hyde Park for Proms in the Park in September! I always love performing with the BBC Concert orchestra, so I know we’re all in for a wonderful time.”
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, the UK’s most popular radio station with a weekly audience of 14.89m, Proms in the Park is Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event. The event concludes 8 weeks of world-class music-making at the BBC Proms, as thousands of people come together at outdoor venues across the UK to be part of the magic of the Last Night of the Proms.
Radio 2 presenter Michael Ball returns to the Hyde Park stage to lead the evening’s festivities as he continues the annual presenting legacy begun by the late Sir Terry Wogan.
One of the most famous frontwomen of all time, Chrissie Hynde, who is no stranger to the Hyde Park stage, will perform hits from her illustrious career. Another seminal singer, UK RnB legend Gabrielle will make her Proms in the Park debut, performing tracks new and old.
Off the back of his latest successful album release, English-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti will join the BBC Proms in the Park line-up. With six studio albums to his name, fans can expect a set filled with romantic songs tinged with ‘60s & ‘70s Italian pop music influence.
Consisting of vocalist Tunde Baiyewu and keyboardist Paul Tucker, ‘90s pop powerhouse Lighthouse Family will treat the Hyde Park crowd to their unique brand of uplifting pop-soul and classic hits.
Brought to fame following her performance at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Robbie Williams, soprano Aida Garifullina joins the BBC Concert Orchestra to perform favourites from the classical repertoire.
Continuing to provide audiences with the opportunity for a communal sing-along, a hundred voices from Rock Choir will return to Proms in the Park following their hugely successful appearance last year. The evening will end with a spectacular finale, including the traditional Last Night classics ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, ‘Rule, Britannia’ and ‘Jerusalem’.
Further line up announcements will follow.
Proms in the Park celebrations take centre stage across the UK as all four nations contribute to the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 14 September. In London, Belfast, Glasgow and Swansea, the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales provide the accompaniment to performances from well-loved musical stars.
Proms in the Park fans across the UK can tune in to the Hyde Park concert live on BBC Radio 2 and highlights of the Proms in the Park celebrations around the UK will be included as part of the coverage of the Last Night of the Proms from the Royal Albert Hall on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Radio 3.