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Ryder Cup Gala Concert hosts announced as Scotland gears up for one-off extravaganza

Press Release   •   Sep 15, 2014 16:16 BST

Some of the biggest names in comedy, TV and radio have today (Tuesday 9th September) been announced as presenters for the very special Ryder Cup Gala Concert which will take place at The SSE Hydro on 24th September.

James Nesbitt, Edith Bowman, Fred MacAulay, Elaine C Smith and Des Clarke will take to the stage to introduce specially commissioned works from artists across Scotland.

As momentum gathers for what will be one of the most talked about events of the year, organisers have also released artist impressions of how the stage will look for the concert, showcasing an orchestra bathed in light which will be accompanied by some specially commissioned films depicting the real people of Scotland and the country’s beautiful landscapes.

The Gala Concert will unite contemporary music talent including Chic legend Nile Rodgers, Texas, Jake Bugg, Twin Atlantic, Amy MacDonald, Nina Nesbitt, Eddi Reader, Midge Ure, and Danny Wilson on the same stage with Scotland’s leading arts agencies – the Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, National Theatre of Scotland and RSNO, who will share a stage for the first time. 

A strong feature of the evening will be the presentation of The 2014 Ryder Cup Teams, with the USA and Europe players appearing on stage together for the first time with their captains Paul McGinley and Tom Watson ahead of the epic golf showdown at Gleneagles.

Radio DJ Edith Bowman and actor James Nesbitt will co-host the evening – both well known for their great rapport with audiences, with Edith having hosted countless awards shows and festivals, including Radio 1’s Big Weekend and BAFTA Scotland Awards, while James, being best known for his roles in ITV drama Cold Feet and the Hollywood blockbusters, The Hobbit and Bloody Sunday, is also a huge golf fan and one of this year’s Ryder Cup Ambassadors.

James Nesbitt, an ambassador for The 2014 Ryder Cup, said:

“The Gala Concert is the perfect curtain-raiser for The 2014 Ryder Cup and I’m honoured to play a role with Edith in welcoming the European and USA Teams to Scotland. As an avid golf fan it’s a real privilege to be involved in The 2014 Ryder Cup – it is a unique and historic competition and the Gala Concert’s line-up promises to see music, arts and golf fans alike come together to sample the atmosphere of one of sports great events.”

Edith Bowman said:

“I’m very excited to be hosting the Ryder Cup Gala Concert with Jimmy.  Not only is it a fantastic line up with something for everyone, but I'm thrilled about the orchestral collaborations.  The Ryder Cup is such a huge date in the golfing calendar that I am only too aware of.  Growing up in Anstruther, surrounded by courses, I have always had a soft spot for the game - I’m just not sure that I would trust Jimmy’s current handicap if we were to have a game.”

Actress and comedian Elaine C Smith will present an excerpt from the National Theatre of Scotland’s ‘Glasgow Girls’, an award winning tale which will be showcased at The Hydro for the first time ever as part of the Gala Concert. 

The BBC’s Fred MacAulay, who recently travelled across Scotland during the Commonwealth Games 2014, will lend his much-loved humour to the evening, as he interviews team captains before they are presented on stage.

Plus, Capital FM breakfast host and comedian, Des Clarke, will also join the presenting team, ensuring the laughs and energy continue throughout the evening.

Geoff Ellis of DF Concerts & Events said:

“We are delighted to announce that some of the best personalities and comedians in the UK have come on board to host and present The Ryder Cup Gala Concert.  This evening is about showcasing a wonderful smorgasbord of entertainment and celebrating the spirit of the Ryder Cup itself. Whether it’s because of the touching performances or comedy, there won’t be a dry eye in The Hydro on September 24.”

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland said:

“Including some of the biggest names in comedy, TV and radio, this hugely exciting one off concert, which will showcase the very best of Scotland, is set to be an incredible evening of music, theatre and dance.  With the backdrop of Scotland’s beautiful landscapes, celebrated music stars, leading arts agencies and the European and US golfing stars of The Ryder Cup - the stage is set for an unforgettable curtain raiser. Scotland will welcome The Ryder Cup, one of the biggest sporting events in the world, in style.”

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