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24 August 2020 20:33

Rule Britannia!

Please log in Register with your social account or click here to log in I would like to receive lunchtime headlines Monday - Friday plus breaking news alerts, by email Update newsletter preferences will be performed at Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has confirmed. Downing Street said the patriotic anthems should not be dropped from the performance after reports that organisers feared a backlash in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. The Sunday Times said there were concerns surrounding the songs' perceived association with colonialism and slavery. But on Monday the BBC said in a statement: "With much reduced musical forces and no live audience, the Proms will curate a concert that includes familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the national anthem." However, it added that "new moments" would be introduced "capturing the mood of this unique time". These will include a rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone, "presenting a poignant and inclusive event for 2020," the corporation said.

It continued: "We very much regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, BBC Symphony Orchestra principal guest conductor, made on social media and elsewhere. Ms Stasevska, from Finland, is conducting the Last Night this year, with soprano Golda Schultz and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing. Earlier, a Number 10 spokesman said the decision over whether to axe the songs was a matter for the "organisers of the Proms and the BBC", but Boris Johnson believed in tackling the "substance" not the "symbols" of problems. "The Prime Minister previously has set out his position on like issues and has been clear that while he understands the strong emotions involved in these discussions, we need to tackle the substance of problems, not the symbols," the spokesman said. Meanwhile, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insisted that "confident, forward-looking nations don't erase their history".

Actor Laurence Fox, also took to Twitter to share his take on the rumours, writing: "I feel so honoured to be British and part of the incredible and diverse modern nation we have become. And Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage wrote: "So the BBC may drop Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from The Proms because the Finnish conductor is too woke. But Wasfi Kani, chief executive of Grange Park Opera in Surrey, told The Sunday Times she would support the removal of the songs. "I don't listen to Land Of Hope And Glory and say 'thank God I'm British'," she said. "Britain raped India and that is what that song is celebrating," she added.

A new arrangement of Jerusalem will be performed at the Last Night, along with orchestral versions of Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia! will be performed at the Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has said. The confirmation comes after The Sunday Times said organisers feared a backlash because of the perceived association the traditional anthems have with colonialism and slavery. Downing Street waded into the controversy and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said he had written to the BBC over the issue. Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory are highlights of the Last Night of the Proms Share concerns of many about their potential removal and have raised this with @BBC Confident forward-looking nations don't erase their history, they add to it — Oliver Dowden (@OliverDowden) August 24, 2020 A statement from the BBC on Monday evening said: "With much reduced musical forces and no live audience, the Proms will curate a concert that includes familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the national anthem, and bring in new moments capturing the mood of this unique time, including You'll Never Walk Alone, presenting a poignant and inclusive event for 2020." Dalia Stasevska, from Finland, is conducting the Last Night this year, with soprano Golda Schultz and the BBC Symphony Orchestra performing. The corporation's statement said: "We very much regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, BBC Symphony Orchestra principal guest conductor, made on social media and elsewhere. "As ever, decisions about the Proms are made by the BBC, in consultation with all artists involved." The BBC said a new arrangement of Jerusalem will be performed, along with orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia!. The audience enjoying the BBC Last Night Of The Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall (PA) In the statement, the broadcaster said: "The programme will include a new arrangement by Errollyn Wallen of Hubert Parry's Jerusalem alongside new orchestral versions of Pomp And Circumstance March No. 1 'Land Of Hope And Glory' (arr. Earlier, a Number 10 spokesman said the Prime Minister believes in tackling the "substance" not the "symbols" of problems. "This is a decision and a matter for the organisers of the Proms and the BBC," the spokesman said. "But the PM previously has set out his position on like issues and has been clear that while he understands the strong emotions involved in these discussions, we need to tackle the substance of problems, not the symbols." Culture Secretary Mr Dowden said that "confident, forward-looking nations don't erase their history". and Land of Hope and Glory are highlights of the Last Night of the Proms. "Confident forward-looking nations don't erase their history, they add to it." The national anthem will be performed at The Last Night of the Proms (Picture: Chris Christodoulou) BBC confirmed that Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! will be performed at Last Night of the Proms. The Proms will 'reinvent' the Last Night so that it 'respects the traditions and spirit of the event.' '[It will] bring in new moments capturing the mood of this unique time, including You'll Never Walk Alone, presenting a poignant and inclusive event for 2020,' BBC said in a statement. 'The programme will include a new arrangement by Errollyn Wallen of Hubert Parry's Jerusalem alongside new orchestral versions of Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 Land of Hope and Glory (arr. Anne Dudley) and Rule Britannia! as part of the Sea Songs, as Henry Wood did in 1905.' Violinist Lisa Batiashvili will be joining soprano Golda Schultz, conductor Dalia Stasevska and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, performing the likes of Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending. BBC's confirmation comes after there was discussion about the anthem potentially being axed due to its links to colonialism. According to The Times, Dalia Stasevska, who will be conducting the classical music event, believes 'a ceremony without an audience is the perfect moment to bring change'. BBC released the programme for the concert after much speculation on social media. 'We very much regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor made on social media and elsewhere,' they said. 'As ever, decisions about the Proms are made by the BBC, in consultation with all artists involved.' The Last Night of the Proms airs on Saturday September 12 on BBC Radio 3 and BBC One at 8.00pm Last Night of the Proms programme Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart The Marriage of Figaro – overture; 'Deh vieni, non tardar' The Marriage of Figaro – overture; 'Deh vieni, non tardar' Richard Strauss Morgen! Solus (BBC commission: world premiere) Stephen Sondheim A Little Night Music – Night Waltz; 'The Glamorous Life' A Little Night Music – Night Waltz; 'The Glamorous Life' Jean Sibelius Impromptu for strings The Skylark Trad., arr. Henry Wood Fantasia on British Sea-Songs Fantasia on British Sea-Songs i.. Sequence of sea songs from around the UK Rule, Britannia! Anne Dudley Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory') Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major ('Land of Hope and Glory') Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II Carousel – 'You'll Never Walk Alone' Carousel – 'You'll Never Walk Alone' Hubert Parry, arr. Jerusalem arr.