25 August 2020 12:32
Latest news straight to your inbox Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The BBC has confirmed Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory WILL feature at the Last Night at the Proms. Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory were reportedly just two of the songs set to be axed by the BBC ahead of this year's Last Night of the Proms event. The move comes in response to the Black Lives Matter movement because of their apparent links to colonialism and slavery. But the songs will be performed, albeit orchestral versions, without lyrics, at the concert on September 12.
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." The concert is due to take place on 12 September but without an audience. Kehinde Andrews appeared on Good Morning Britain yesterday, with the Birmingham City University academic telling the show: "Ban is the wrong word. It is not censorship - it is just saying some songs, particularly those two, are racist propaganda. "They celebrate the British Empire which killed tens of millions of people, many of which now like myself and like you, Adil, are descendants of those people. "It is totally inappropriate to have these songs. It is not about banning or censorship. "It is about saying what songs we want to represent Britain. "If - and it's a big if - if we want an anti-racist Britain, then these songs should totally not be celebrated at the Proms."