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Gladys Knight to be the Headline at London

Gladys Knight has been announced as the headliner at London’s Hyde Park.

The 73-year-old music icon – who is nicknamed Empress of Soul – will lead the annual event at London’s Hyde Park on September 8, with 80’s stars Lisa Stansfield and Matt Goss, Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja, American operatic pop star Josh Groban and the 100-piece Rock Choir also on the bill.

They’ll be joined by conductor by Richard Balcombe and the BBC Concert Orchestra.

Gladys Knight will be fulfilling “a dream” by headlining this year’s Proms In The Park.

The outdoor event takes place in London’s Hyde Park in September, as part of the Last Night Of The Proms.

The US singer-songwriter, best known for hits such as Midnight Train To Georgia, said: “I’m so excited to be performing at this year’s BBC Proms In The Park.

Knight said: “I’m so excited to be performing at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park, I love coming to the UK and always receive such a warm welcome. Performing on the Hyde Park stage as part of the Last Night of the Proms event has always been a dream of mine and I think it’s a wonderful way to celebrate music in London!”

The seven-time Grammy Award winner had a string of hits from the 1960’s onwards as Gladys Knight and the Pips, including ‘Every Beat of My Heart’, ‘Letter Full of Tears’ and the smash hit ‘Midnight Train to ‘Georgia’, and has recorded more than 38 albums during her career, spanning over five decades.

Further leading soloists include tenor Joseph Calleja, singer-songwriter Josh Groban, Matt Goss and Lisa Stansfield, as well as a hundred voices from Rock Choir.

Proms in the Park concludes eight weeks of outdoor concerts at venues across the UK as part of the Last Night of the Proms.

Presented by BBC Radio 2’s Michael Ball, Britain’s largest outdoor classical music event is a rousing finale to two months of the finest music-making at the BBC Proms culminating in a mass singalong of the traditional Last Night anthems. So gather your friends and your Last Night spirit for an unforgettable evening.

Last year, The Kinks Sir Ray Davies close the event joined by the likes of Elaine Paige, Gilbert O’Sullivan and 90s pop groups Steps and Texas.

The rock veteran was led by a full orchestra and chorus in renditions of The Kinks’ hits including ‘Sunny Afternoon’, ‘Lola’ and ‘Waterloo Sunset’.