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Tees Valley wins Proms in the Park

Date 15 Mar 2007

Confirmation that the BBC’s Proms in the Park is coming to Middlesbrough later this year has been greeted with delight across the Tees Valley and North East England. The event, featuring the Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, will be staged in Middlesbrough’s new Centre Square on Saturday 8 September and will be linked to events nationwide including the Last Night of the Proms concert held in the Albert Hall in London.

Suzannah Clarke, a local opera singer who proposed the idea of the Tees Valley to the BBC, said: “This will be one of the most important musical events which has ever taken place in the Tees Valley. We have succeeded in persuading the BBC to come here because they were so impressed by the level of support right across the area – and indeed the whole of the region. “As well enabling local people to take part in a marvellous musical event, it will provide a great opportunity for us to show off the tremendously talented performers we have here in the Tees Valley and the region.”

Margaret Fay, Chairman of One NorthEast said: “This is great news for everyone who has been involved in bringing the event here. Securing the Proms in the Park is another major cultural boost for the Tees Valley and will help raise awareness of the region on a national level.”

The full launch of the BBC Proms season will take place next month when details will be announced of ticket prices and booking arrangements for the Tees Valley event.

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