BBC Proms: Organisers confirm 'patriotic' songs will stay - but without lyrics - SO WE HAVE
SO WE HAVE THE LYRICS HERE FOR YOU
Now they are attacking our traditional songs as being colonialist, racist and the words should not be sung.
Contrary to reports, it has been said that some of the traditional songs sung at the Last Night of the Proms may only be musically played to appease traditionalists and no words will be sung... and I'd like to see the audiance surrender to that rule - NO SINGING EVERYONE... as they strum up 'Land of Hope and Glory... ' and I would ask ' who are these traditionalists who complain' ?' as I am sure they do not speak for the majority and if they take offense, GET OVER IT.
Alok Sharma supports the singing of lyrics which some have identified as potentially controversial - which really goes too far...
Orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia will be performed at the famous Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC confirmed.
The traditional anthems had reportedly been in doubt due to their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.
The broadcaster has said the culmination of the annual celebration of classical music will include "familiar, patriotic elements."
It comes after The Sunday Times claimed organisers were considering dropping several traditional songs in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The event is usually watched live at the Royal Albert Hall by an 'in house' audience of over 6,000
The newspaper claimed Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska was "keen to modernise the evening's repertoire and reduce the patriotic elements".
Then perhaps we need to get an English conductor who is not trying to downgrade the theme of the evening being a typical British evening of music and songs, songs that have been sung for decades and songs that are well loved and songs that are patriotic and - WHAT IS WRONG WITH STANDING UP AND BEING PATRIOTIC FOR A CHANGE, as I am fed up with those who constantly see fit to bash anything and everything from history as offensive, when they ignore so much that is going on every day around them and is equally as offensive and they do and say nothing ... absolutely nothing at all.
Numerous horrific wars.
Brutality aimed at the LGBT communities in over 70 countries
Tens of thousands of families who go hungry IN THE UK. Government fuck ups all the time.
There are so many more important things that affect us on a daily 'current' basis and nothing is saoid and done but music is complained at that we have been singing for decades .
The BBC is "yet to agree" the final programme amid "concern" about "how to respond to the ongoing debates over race equality".
Fury then broke out about the event, which usually takes place in September i at the Royal Albert Hall - but will this year be without an audience due to coronavirus.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman intervened to say songs should not be dropped from the performance and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted he had raised his concerns with the BBC.
A spokesperson for the broadcaster initially said they were "still finalising arrangements".
Then on Monday evening, a new statement clarified the instrumental versions of traditional songs including Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! will still feature and so they should.
The spokesperson confirmed with "much reduced musical forces", the Proms will "curate a concert that includes familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the national anthem", including performances from soprano Golda Schultz and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
You'll Never Walk Alone will also be added to the programme so the set is "capturing the mood of this unique time", they added.
The BBC also said "we very much regret the unjustified personal attacks" on Ms Stasevska and clarified: "As ever, decisions about the Proms are made by the BBC, in consultation with all artists involved."
Business Secretary Alok Sharma urged the BBC to use subtitles during the instrumental pieces to allow viewers to sing along from home.
The Last Night of the Proms gives huge amounts of pleasure to millions of people and has been enjoyed for decades in much the same format throughout.
I despair, I truly despair.
In America they have something called ' The Black Charts' and if we had a 'White Charts' we would be called racist.
You cannot use the 'N' word any more but are legally allowed to still call a gay man Queer or Poof, or Faggot - all as offensive to many and yet oignored by the mass.
( Faggot - anything bound together. )
It seems that many are offended for the sake of being offended and is attention seeking more than it is sorting some kind of political message.
LAND OF HOPE & GLORY
Solo Dear Land of Hope, thy hope is crowned, God make thee mightier yet! On Sov'ran brows, beloved, renowned, Once more thy crown is set. Thine equal laws, by Freedom gained, Have ruled thee well and long; By Freedom gained, by Truth maintained, Thine Empire shall be strong. Chorus Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free, How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee? Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set; God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet, God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet. Solo Thy fame is ancient as the days, As Ocean large and wide: A pride that dares, and heeds not praise, A stern and silent pride; Not that false joy that dreams content With what our sires have won; The blood a hero sire hath spent Still nerves a hero son. Chorus
"Wider still and wider"
When Britain first, at Heaven's command Arose from out the azure main; This was the charter of the land, And guardian angels sang this strain: "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: "Britons never will be slaves." The nations, not so blest as thee, Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall; While thou shalt flourish great and free, The dread and envy of them all. "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: "Britons never will be slaves." Still more majestic shalt thou rise, More dreadful, from each foreign stroke; As the loud blast that tears the skies, Serves but to root thy native oak. "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: "Britons never will be slaves." Thee haughty tyrants ne'er shall tame: All their attempts to bend thee down, Will but arouse thy generous flame; But work their woe, and thy renown. "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: "Britons never will be slaves." To thee belongs the rural reign; Thy cities shall with commerce shine: All thine shall be the subject main, And every shore it circles thine. "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: "Britons never will be slaves." The Muses, still with freedom found, Shall to thy happy coast repair; Blest Isle! With matchless beauty crown'd, And manly hearts to guard the fair. "Rule, Britannia! rule the waves: "Britons never will be slaves.".