The hottest ticket in town on Saturday night with over 70,000 applying for 11,000 tickets, BBC Proms at the Titanic Slipways was always going to have an air of excitement.
With typically Autumnal weather, 11,000 people arrived with plastic macs, raincoats, hats and scarves in preparation for a chilly showery evening on the Slipways. That particular spot at the edge of Belfast must be the coldest public park in the city, but what a view. The BBC Proms stage in front of the Titanic Belfast building, with H&W cranes on one side and Cave Hill not so far away on the other side.
Also much like everyone else, we arrived with our fold up chairs, but also with our new picnic basket (from our Kildare shopping trip)
Our evening of classical bliss kicked off at 7.30 and for the next 3 hours we were entertained by a stellar lineup of musicians and singers including the fantastic Ulster Orchestra, Belfast Community Gospel Choir (BCGC), Noah Stewart, Barry Douglas, Rebecca Ferguson, Lucy O’Byrne, Charlie Siem and an anniversary performance by Riverdance.
Amongst our highlights was BCGC and Noah Stewart backed by the Ulster Orchestra. We last saw the choir at their Xmas concert last year, and after Proms, we got our tickets sorted for this years again. They really do bring joy wherever they go!
We also discovered that Noah Stewart is returning to Belfast next spring to sing with the Ulster Orchestra.
Belfast Community Gospel Choir Christmas Concert at Waterfront Hall 6 Dec 2015. Tickets here.
Noah Stewart with the Ulster Orchestra – 29 April 2016 in Ulster Hall. Tickets here.
The Proms in Belfast is one of the highlights of the year for me, that’s assuming I can get my hands on those tickets! Each year, it reminds me of the joy of great music and each year I vow to re-learn how to play that dust collecting piano. Maybe this year that will finally happen.
Thanks to BBC for bringing the Proms to Belfast and for the musicians and singers for bringing joy!
By Jeff Meredith