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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 September, 2003, 15:59 GMT 16:59 UK
City joins Proms finale
Catrin Finch
Royal harpist Catrin Finch -missing honeymoon to play at Proms in the Park
Wales puts its own unique stamp on one of the classical musical highlights of the year, the Last Night of the Proms.

While conductor Leonard Slatkin and the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be thrilling the audience at the Albert Hall, London, Proms in the Park comes to Swansea's Singleton Park.

The concert will feature Welsh tenor Robert Tear, Swansea-born actor-singer Steve Balsamo and Royal harpist Catrin Finch, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under conductor Peter Stark.

Ms Finch, who last Saturday married Hywel Wigley, son of former Plaid Cymru leader Dafydd Wigley, postponed her honeymoon in order to appear.

The 23-year-old musician said: "The opportunity to play in Singleton Park as part of the Last Night of the Proms was just too good an opportunity to miss."

The evening will be hosted by BBC Wales broadcaster and performer Aled Jones who will also be singing during the concert.

Ambitious show-stopper

Both the Swansea and London events, plus similar concerts in Scotland and Northern Ireland, come together to give a rousing climax to the BBC's annual classical music season.

The Last Night, which features anthems Land of Hope And Glory and Jerusalem, rounds off a series of 73 main concerts.

The two-month event has seen 31 major premieres from 29 composers from around the world, including the first airing in Europe of John Adams' response to 9/11, On the Transmigration of Souls.

Two years ago Proms bosses cancelled many of the more overtly patriotic aspects of the Last Night to take on a more reflective tone following the September 11 tragedy at New York's World Trade Centre.

Leonard Slatkin
Conductor Leonard Slatkin - leading the Albert Hall celebrations.
This year's show-stopper is the most ambitious yet, with more than 70,000 people expected to attend Proms in the Park events in Hyde Park, London, as well as Swansea, Belfast and Glasgow.

The arrangements in the musical schedule will also include tunes from all four home nations for the first time.

These have been added to Henry Wood's Fantasia on British Sea Songs, with its final sung chorus of Rule, Britannia!

Bill Morris, project director for BBC Live Events said: "We are delighted to bring all four nations together for a musical party that celebrates not just the finale of the BBC Proms, but distinctive live music-making from throughout the UK."




SEE ALSO:
Proms finale to be 'biggest ever'
13 Sep 03  |  Entertainment
Swansea stages Proms in Park
03 May 03  |  South West Wales
Harpist's honeymoon on hold
06 Sep 03  |  Wales


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