Bassey to sing at Ryder concert

Shirley Bassey has joined the star-studded line-up for the ‘Welcome to Wales’ 2010 Ryder Cup celebration concert.

Shirley Bassey, The European Tour have announced, will complete the star-studded line-up at the ‘Welcome to Wales’ 2010 Ryder Cup celebration concert at the Millennium Stadium on September 29.

Born in Tiger Bay, Cardiff, Bassey, whose career has spanned more than 50 years and established her as one of the world’s best-known singers, will be joined at the concert by two more internationally aclaimed Welsh divas, Catherine Zeta Jones and Katherine Jenkins.

From her first release ‘Born to Sing the Blues’ in 1957, Bassey has maintained her success with a further 34 albums and 105 singles, ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ and ‘Big Spender’ being among her most famous.

Bassey said: “I’m honoured at being asked to perform at Welcome to Wales and proud to be part of such a fantastic celebration for The 2010 Ryder Cup. This is a huge opportunity for Wales and with Katherine Jenkins and Catherine Zeta Jones also taking part, we’ll certainly be adding glitz and glamour to golf. I can’t wait.”

The talented trio will be introduced at Welcome to Wales by Rhondda-born primetime television presenter Steve Jones.

“I’m very excited to be part of this huge event and the fact it is in my Motherland is the icing on the cake.” said Jones who has had a hectic 2010 so far.

He started the year with the hugely successful ‘Let’s Dance’ on BBC1 and then visited various countries including Vietnam and Austria for the new BBC1 series ‘Drop Zone’.

He also ventured up the Amazon with his brothers for the Sky One special ‘Jones Brothers’ Amazon Adventure and then went to Argentina to film BBC1’s new game show, ‘101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow’.

Along with Bassey and Jenkins, Jones will introduce Lostprophets, Only Men Aloud and Shaheen Jafargholi and The Mark Jermin Stage School.

Guest presenter Zeta Jones, in the meantime, will be welcoemd back to her homeland where she is deliver an opening address at this special celebration of The 2010 Ryder Cup.

Both the European and United States Ryder Cup teams will also officially be introduced to the audience during the 90 minute televised show.

This is the first time The Ryder Cup has been held in Wales and the tournament, the country’s biggest-ever sporting event taking place at The Celtic Manor Resort in the City of Newport from October 1-3, 2010.

Tickets for the Welcome to Wales event at the Millennium Stadium are available now from the following outlets

Millennium Stadium Box Office 08442 777 888 and

Ticket prices:
£25 Standard
£40 Limited premium seats£60 Family ticket
£15 under 16s
*£5 from each ticket sale will be donated to charity