One of the UK’s most treasured outdoor events, BBC Proms in the Park will return to London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 14 September, as part of the world-famous Last Night of the Proms.
As announced this morning on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show, Barry Manilow is confirmed as this year’s headliner. Other artists include American singer-songwriter and founding member of The Pretenders Chrissie Hynde, English-Italian singer-songwriter Jack Savoretti, iconic East London-born RnB and soul singer Gabrielle and star operatic soprano Aida Garifullina.
In addition to a number of solo artists, this year’s line-up will feature a very special duo in the shape of 90s British pop giants Lighthouse Family. The famous Hyde Park stage will also host Rock Choir, who return for the second year running, as well as the BBC Concert Orchestra under conductor Richard Balcombe.
The Grammy award-winning singer Barry Manilow, known for global hits such as ‘Copacabana (At the Copa)’ (1978), ‘Mandy’ (1974) and ‘Can’t Smile Without You’ (1977), will headline Proms in the Park 2019. With a career spanning more than 50 years, Manilow has recorded and released 47 Top 40 singles, including 12 numbers ones, some of which he will bring to Hyde Park for a live performance alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Speaking ahead of the event, Barry Manilow, said: “I am so excited to be coming back to London’s Hyde Park for Proms in the Park in September! I always love performing with the BBC Concert orchestra, so I know we’re all in for a wonderful time.”
Broadcast live on BBC Radio 2, the UK’s most popular radio station with a weekly audience of 14.89m, Proms in the Park is Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event. The event concludes 8 weeks of world-class music-making at the BBC Proms, as thousands of people come together at outdoor venues across the UK to be part of the magic of the Last Night of the Proms.