Travelbiz goes to the Proms in Castle Coole with Tourism Northern Ireland
14th September 2017 - 1:49pm
Jacinta Mc Glynn (Senior Reporter Travelbiz) had the pleasure to attend the final night of the BBC Proms, hosted by Tourism Northern Ireland. In a new departure from Belfast, Proms in the Park 2017 was broadcast live from the elegant environs of Castle Coole in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh. Castle Coole is in the capable hands of the National Trust and what more refined and celebratory venue for this classical extravaganza.
A highly ambitious broadcasting event (with huge demand for tickets), this special evening is now in its 16th year. BBC Proms in the Park forms part of the UK-wide celebrations which emanates from the Royal Albert Hall (with a live link to all venues) to include Northern Ireland, England, Scotland & Wales. Supporting this year’s proms, Tourism Northern Ireland proudly showcased the stunning local scenery of the Fermanagh Lakelands embracing the delicious cuisine highlighting local produce, unique attractions and, of course, the wonderfully warm welcome from the local people.
We stayed overnight in Manor House Hotel, a splendid luxury property in Enniskillen with a lovely lakeside location, well worthy of its 4 star category. Fiona Cunningham (ROI Manager Tourism Northern Ireland), you certainly spoiled us! The BBC Proms was everything and more one could expect. We were greeted to the event by Caroline Cooper (Northern Ireland Press Officer) and no warmer welcome could be experienced. A stellar line-up entertained the huge crowd and Noel Thompson and Claire Mc Collum from BBC Northern Ireland were hosts for the evening.
The Ulster Orchestra, under the baton of David Brophy were superb throughout and provided the background for Line of Duty actor, Adrian Dunbar, to recite a poem from another local hero, poet Frank Ormsby. Two grand Fermanagh men! Internationally acclaimed violin virtuoso Daniel Hope (my personal favourite), flautists Lord James & Lady Jeannie Galway, percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and Ruthie Hensall (renowned for musicals such as Billy Elliott and Les Miserables) and even Irish group Anuna performed and absolutely wowed us all. Fermanagh & Omagh District Council – take a bow. Tourism Northern Ireland – take a bow. Castle Coole – take a bow. Thank you to all the wonderful artistes and a huge thank you to Fiona Cunningham (ROI Manager Tourism Northern Ireland) for the privilege of attending. BBC Proms in the Park was certainly cool! Wellies were optional apparel, but enjoyment was mandatory.
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