From our Swindon Correspondent:
The BBC is discussing whether to drop Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from the Last Night of the Proms in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
This is like watching some porn where the plumber actually fixes the aircon, or the girl pays for her car to be fixed with cash rather than in kind. The whole point of Last Night of the Proms is as a night of patriotism. Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Jerusalem.
The traditional anthems are hugely popular with the flag-waving prommers who ordinarily cram into the Royal Albert Hall, but organisers fear a backlash because of their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.
With Land of Hope and Glory? Written by Elgar? Quite some time after the end of slavery.
Dalia Stasevska, 35, from Finland, who is conducting the Last Night, is among those said to be keen to modernise the evening’s repertoire and reduce the patriotic elements.
It’s not about you, though. It’s about us. What do we want. And I’m pretty sure we want this, because otherwise, it’s just another proms concert that almost no-one watches. Last Night of the Proms is a unique event. Why would you ruin that for some vague colonial stuff?
I do see an opportunity for someone here, though. Get a small orchestra together, a reasonable soprano, maybe a cannon if you can get one and do it all on YouTube.