Titanic Commemoration Announces Star Line-Up
A star-studded line-up of local and international performers will appear in Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film, which will broadcast live on BBC Two on April 14 2012, 100 years after the ill-fated liner hit an iceberg.
The 90-minute event received funding from the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It will come from the Waterfront Hall in Belfast, just across the river from Harland and Wolff shipyard, where the famous liner was built, and will include the Ulster Orchestra and massed choir performances.
Archive and specially commissioned documentary material, accompanied by stunning visual effects, will retell the story of the ship, those who built her and those who perished or survived.
The final line up of performers will be announced nearer to the event. Those already confirmed to appear include the legendary Bryan Ferry, Grammy award-winning soul and R&B singer/songwriter Joss Stone, Charlie Siem, one of the UK’s brightest new classical stars, acclaimed English tenor Alfie Boe, Armagh-born actor Colin Morgan (star of BBC-1’s Merlin) and Belfast actor Ian McElhinney (City of Ember, Closing the Ring and Game of Thrones).
Janice Hadlow; Controller BBC Two said: “We are delighted to bring Titanic: A Commemoration in Music and Film to audiences across the UK live on BBC 2 from the Waterfront in Belfast, where the world’s most famous ship was built.
“The concert will be a dignified commemoration of those who died and a celebration of the craftsmanship and endeavour it took to build this iconic ship. The talent line-up includes local, national and international stars who will bring the story of Titanic to life in a fitting tribute 100 years after the ship’s sinking in the North Atlantic.”
The public may register for complimentary tickets to the event from noon, on Wednesday, March 14, until 5pm on Wednesday, March 28 from www.bbc.co.uk/tickets. A maximum of four tickets will be allocated per household address on the basis of a random draw. No applications will be accepted after the closing date and duplicate applications will not be considered.
The project, which has been commissioned by BBC Two and BBC Northern Ireland from independent production company Whizz Kid Entertainment and Anderson Spratt Group Ltd, received funding from Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Northern Ireland Screen and is supported by Belfast City Council and Tourism Ireland.