15 April 2011>
Caerphilly is getting set for a spellbinding evening of magical music, thanks to BBC Proms in the Park. On Saturday 10 September, BBC Cymru Wales, in collaboration with Caerphilly County Borough Council, will wave a magic wand over Owain Glyndwr Playing Fields, with a "Magic and Wizardry" themed Prom.
Joining the UK-wide revelry of the Last Night of the Proms, the enchanting evening will include the BBC National Orchestra of Wales adding their sparkling sound to the celebrations.
Gwenllian Haf Richards, violinist with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and one of four members of the Orchestra who visited the new venue recently, explains why she is looking forward to perform at this outdoor event:
"Being part of a National Orchestra is such an incredible experience, as we perform across Wales and beyond. It will be fantastic to take classical music to the heart of the town. With the spectacular backdrop of Caerphilly Castle, the atmosphere will be incredible. Watching it on television, listening on the radio or experiencing the evening at the field, followers will feel a part of a truly Welsh event.
"With a blend of orchestral playing, vocal singing, celebrity presenters and singalong numbers, without a doubt, it will be a live musical night not to be missed," said Gwenllian.
Bringing the summer festivities to a close with classical music and fireworks, families and music lovers are invited to bring picnics and flags and to join in with the theme.
Anthony O'Sullivan, Caerphilly County BC Chief Executive, welcomed the news: "We are delighted to get the chance to host this prestigious concert in our area. The event promises to be a very special occasion performed in the shadow of Caerphilly's magnificent medieval castle.
As well as enjoying the musical entertainment, we hope visitors to the area will also get the chance to see the wealth of attractions we have to offer."
An exciting line-up of other artists and presenters will be announced over the next few months. To keep up to date with the event developments including ticket news, visit www.bbc.co.uk/proms.
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