Brian May & Kerry Ellis For Proms In The ParkKERRY ELLIS AND BRIAN MAY JOIN LINE-UP FOR BBC PROMS IN THE PARK
Saturday 11 September 2010, Hyde Park, London
Stellar line-up also includes the internationally acclaimed opera stars Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and JosÃ© Carreras
Sir Terry Wogan presents with the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Martin Yates
West End and Broadway star Kerry Ellis and legendary Queen guitarist Brian May are to perform at this year's BBC Proms in the Park in Hyde Park - the annual Last Night of the Proms extravaganza broadcast live on BBC Radio 2. Now in its 15th year, BBC Proms in the Park has become Britain's largest outdoor classical music event and is once again expected to attract around 40,000 music-lovers to join the fun and the magic of the nationwide Last Night of the Proms celebrations.
Brian May is widely regarded as one of the world's greatest guitarists. He enjoyed global success as part of the rock group Queen, with hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You, and Don't Stop Me Now. His career has gone from strength to strength over more than four decades and Brian continues to record and tour internationally.
West End leading light Kerry Ellis has starred in musicals including Wicked, Les MisÃ©rables and We Will Rock You, in which she was cast after Brian May discovered her 'voice in a million'. He describes her as 'the most exciting singer to emerge from England in a very long time'. Their creative relationship blossomed during Kerry's spell in We Will Rock You and Brian and Kerry have continued to work together extensively, merging their respective West End and rock influences. In 2004 the pair recorded an orchestral version of the song No-One But You (Only the Good Die Young) - originally a Queen track. Their joint performance of the Wicked number, Defying Gravity, at the Royal Variety Show in 2008 cemented their position as two of the UK's most innovative collaborators. Kerry is currently starring in Oliver! and her debut album, Anthems, is produced by Brian, details of which will also be announced today.
Kerry Ellis and Brian May join a star-studded line-up that includes the award-winning soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who will perform with the winner of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize, the station's opera initiative. The event also sees the return of one third of the world-famous Three Tenors, JosÃ© Carreras, and the BBC Concert Orchestra under the baton of Martin Yates.
Further acts still to be announced.
For more info go to bbc.co.uk/proms/2010/promsinthepark.