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One of the country's most important music events could be coming to the Tees Valley next year after organisers of the BBC Proms in the Park praised what they described as an 'impressive' bid from the area - and invited a Tees Valley team to 'shadow' this year's event.

North East opera star Suzanna Clarke, who has championed the campaign to stage Proms in the Park in the area, described the comments from the BBC - and its confirmation that the Tees Valley is top of the provisional list for consideration in 2007 - as 'great news for local music lovers, local musicians...and indeed everyone who wants to see our area and North East England gain the recognition thay deserve'.

Tees Valley Partnership and Tees Valley Tourism Bureau, working with a wide range of local and regional agencies, co-ordinated the bid put forward to the BBC to stage on of the major concerts staged across the country to link up with the Last Night of the Proms at the Albert Hall.

In a statement today the BBC said "Following a comprehensive and impressive pitch to host a BBC Proms in the Park event in 2006, Tees Valley has been invited by the BBC to shadow the event mounting process with view to hosting an event in 2007.

"Up against a very high-calibre field, all with extensive experience of the Proms in the Park-type events, it was felt that using this year to gain valuable insight into the event mounting process would greatly strengthen Tees Valley's experience and subsequently strengthen a bid to host an event next season.  Whilst no commitment has been made for 2007, the BBC has confirmed that Tees Valley is at the top of the provisional list for consideration and they have been very impressed by the level of local support."

Said Suzannah, who is chairing the Steering Group which will work with the BBC in developing plans for a Tees Valley event " Obviously we knew when we first put forward our bid for this year's Proms programme that we were up a against stiff competition, including cities such as Manchester which has staged concerts in the past and has been successful again.

"However, what's important is that all the enormous amount of effort we put in to preparing the bid - and the tremendous amount of public and business support, both within the Tees Valley and across North East England as a whole - has so impressed the BBC that they have responded so positively, both in inviting us to 'shadow' the whole event process from now through to September...and giving such a clear statement about us being at the top of the provisional list for next year.

"Of course, we understand that the BBC cannot make a firm commitment at this stage, but I'm sure the statement thay have made today will encourage all of us to redouble  our efforts and build on the support we have already gained to make sure that we can clinch it for next year."

Added Bill Morris, Director BBC Live Events " The Tees Valley pitch was very impressive and the community support was overwhelming.  The area's fondness of BBC Proms in the Park was evident, as was the enthusiasm for hosting an event, and these factors play a key part in the selection process when choosing host sites.  We are delighted that the Tees Valley team will be fully embracing the opportunity to shadow the 2006 event process and are excited at the possibility of working together in the future."

Plans for 2007 will focus on staging the Proms in the Park concert, involving local and regional musicians, which would take place before joining a big screen link-up with the world famous Last Night at the Proms at the Albert Hall.

The steering group is also looking at the possibility of developing a programme of community activities in the run up to the main event - including working with local schools.

NOTE FOR EDITORS:  Membership of the Steering Group includes Tees Valley Partnership, local authorities, Tees Valley Tourism Bureau, One NorthEast Regional Image team, the Arts Council England North East and the Culture 10 regional cultural development programme.  For further information please contact Peter Dodson, telephone 01642 353111.



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