'Bittersweet' moment for Michael Ball as he replaces Sir Terry Wogan at park Proms


Singer Michael Ball has said he has "big shoes to fill" as he takes on the late Sir Terry Wogan's role presenting Proms In The Park.

Sir Terry hosted the outdoor concert in London's Hyde Park for 18 years, from 1997 to 2015.

Radio 2 presenter Michael will now host the classical music event, after Sir Terry died in January 2016 aged 77.

Terry Wogan
Sir Terry Wogan (Katie Collins/PA)

Michael told Radio Times magazine the role is "bittersweet".

He added: "It's an incredible honour and I'm very excited about it and can't wait, but on the other hand I really wish I wasn't having to do it because it was one of Terry's favourite nights of the year.

"He loved Proms In The Park and that's when he rose to the occasion. He was the master of it. I have big shoes to fill."

This year's event is on September 10 and performers will include Frankie Valli And The Four Seasons, ABC, All Saints, Rick Astley, The Feeling and flautist Sir James Galway.

Michael is also on the bill and will be singing with English tenor Alfie Boe.

Alfie Boe (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Alfie Boe (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

He said: "We're singing Anthem, which is from the musical Chess, which is about pride in your country, your people - it's not about politics, it's about communities. It seems apt and appropriate.

"Alfie sings amazingly and I make good sandwiches, so we'll be fine."

This week's Radio Times is on sale from September 6.