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Proms come to close following Rule, Britannia! row

Proms come to close following Rule, Britannia! row

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A subdued version of The Last Night of the Proms has been held in London, after a row over Rule, Britannia! threatened to overshadow the event.It saw a pared-down version of the BBC Symphony Orchestra play to an empty Royal Albert Hall, in order to comply with coronavirus restrictions.After a very public row, the patriotic songs Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory were sung by a small choir.The BBC was criticised for plans to omit the lyrics last month.Critics said the words evoked a British colonial, imperialist past that is at odds with the values of modern Britain and the Black Lives Matter movement.The BBC insisted its original decision had been driven less by politics than by the limitations imposed on musicians, and choirs in particular, dur...
BBC Proms: Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will feature on Last Night

BBC Proms: Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will feature on Last Night

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Orchestral versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory will be performed at the Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has confirmed.It had been reported the songs could be dropped over concerns of associations with colonialism and slavery.The pieces are usually sung but will be performed without lyrics this year, although they are expected to be back in full when the pandemic is over.The concert is due to take place on 12 September but without an audience.In a statement on Monday evening, BBC Proms said it was announcing the concert's programme following recent speculation.It said there would be new orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory, and Rule, Britannia!, as well as a new arrangement of Jerusalem."With much reduced musical forces and no...