BBC announces Proms U-turn: Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia! WILL now be sung in Royal Albert Hall after huge backlash from British public
The songs Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory will now be sung at the Last Night of the Proms at the Royal Albert Hall after a massive U-turn by the BBC.
A BBC spokesman said today: ‘The pandemic means a different Proms this year and one of the consequences, under COVID-19 restrictions, is we are not able to bring together massed voices.
‘For that reason we took the artistic decision not to sing Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory in the Hall.
The Last Night of the Proms is pictured at the Royal Albert Hall on September 8, 2012
‘We have been looking hard at what else might be possible and we have a solution. Both pieces will now include a select group of BBC Singers.
‘This means the words will be sung in the Hall, and as we have always made clear, audiences will be free to sing along at home.
‘While it can’t be a full choir, and we are unable to have audiences in the Hall, we are doing everything possible to make it special and want a Last Night truly to remember. We hope everyone will welcome this solution.
‘We think the night itself will be a very special moment for the country – and one that is much needed after a difficult period for everyone. It will not be a usual Last Night, but it will be a night not just to look forward to, but to remember.’
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