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BBC Proms in the Park goes to Dundee

BBC Proms in the Park
The Proms event is moving to an indoor venue in Dundee

Dundee is to host the BBC's Proms in the Park this year after Glasgow pulled out of the event because of financial concerns.

The Scottish finale for the BBC Proms on 11 September will be held in the city's Caird Hall.

Glasgow City Council said it would not stage the festival after the BBC announced that commercial sponsorship of on-air events was being stopped.

Proms in the Park had been sponsored by National Savings and Investments.

The BBC said its Scottish Symphony Orchestra would be providing the "musical backbone for the night".

The orchestra will play a mix of popular classics, Scottish favourites and works connected to Dundee's nautical past. It will be conducted by Garry Walker.

A number of international performers will be announced at a later date, the BBC said.

Dundee audiences are extremely enthusiastic about their music... This is sure to be a hugely successful last night for everyone involved
Councillor Bob Duncan

Tickets for the event will be free and there will be a choice of standing "promenade" tickets in the stalls area and a limited number of seated tickets in the balcony.

A BBC Scotland spokesman said: "The Caird Hall is an ideal choice for the event due to its large size and world famous acoustic.

"The combination of this special hall with the renowned exuberance of the Scottish 'Last Night' audience will make for a very special evening of music making."

Dundee City Council arts convener Councillor Bob Duncan said the event would be "tremendous" for the city.

"Dundee audiences are extremely enthusiastic about their music and there is a rich and diverse programme throughout the year in the city.

"This is sure to be a hugely successful last night for everyone involved."

The Scottish finale to the BBC's Proms season has been held at Glasgow Green since the event was set up six years ago.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said in April the authority was "disappointed" the fixture would be lost to the city this year.

It followed a decision to cancel Glasgow's River Festival because of "budget constraints".

The BBC's decision to stop commercial sponsorship of events like the Proms in the Park was taken after a review by the BBC Trust.

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