The 2010 Ryder Cup hosted at the Celtic Manor Resort was the biggest sporting event to have ever been held in Wales, and with the global media spotlight ready to fall on our nation, the Welsh Government and Ryder Cup Wales turned to Orchard Entertainment to produce an opening event befitting such a momentous occasion.
The result was the Welcome to Wales Ryder Cup Celebration Concert at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on the 29th of September 2010.
The gala concert was televised on Sky and featured performances from Dame Shirley Bassey, Katherine Jenkins, Only Men Aloud and a host of other performers, as well as a special opening address from Hollywood actress Catherine Zeta-Jones and the introduction of the European and US Ryder Cup Teams.
The event was also attended by HRH Prince Charles and First Minister Carwyn Jones.
Orchard coordinated the full production, artist booking and liaison, TV coverage and marketing for the event as well as managing the key stakeholder groups involved in the event.
Welcome to Wales was the fourth televised event that Orchard Entertainment has produced at the Millennium Stadium, following the Tsunami Relief Concert (2005/BBC2), and Wales Grand Slam Celebrations (2005 & 2008/S4C).