Last Night of the Proms

Sat Sep 7, 7.30-9.05pm BBC2 & 9.20-10.55pm BBC1

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For the first time, a woman, of all things, will be conducting the traditional last night celebrations. For shame! If you can somehow recover your composure upon learning that the dead hand of political-correctness-gone-mad has penetrated and poisoned yet another of our most cherished national institutions, we’re sure you’ll find this three-and-a-bit hours of bombastic, nationalistic sturm und drang to be much the same as usual.

Nigel Kennedy and mezzo Joyce DiDonato will be starting us off with a new piece by Anna Clyne and a performance of Vaughan Williams’s ‘Lark Ascending’ before the flag-waving buffoons elbow their way down to the front and go mental to ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘Pomp and Circumstance’ and the routinely misunderstood socialist anthem ‘Jerusalem’. Keep calm and carry on.


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