Rule Britannia anthem will be performed at Last Night of the Proms

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.’

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no live audience but it will have ‘patriotic elements.’

‘[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’. 

The source added: ‘Dalia is a big supporter of Black Lives Matter.’ 

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’
  • Richard Strauss Morgen!                                                                  
  • Andrea Tarrodi Solus (BBC commission: world premiere)            
  • Stephen Sondheim A Little Night Music – Night Waltz; ‘The Glamorous Life’                      
  • Jean Sibelius Impromptu for strings                                                 
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending                               
  • Trad. Romanian, arr. Stephan Koncz The Skylark            
  • Trad., arr. Henry Wood Fantasia on British Sea-Songs 
  • i.. The Saucy Arethusa
  • ii. Tom Bowling
  • iii. Jack’s the Lad 
  • iv. Sequence of sea songs from around the UK                   
  • v. See, the conqu’ring hero comes
  • vi. Rule, Britannia!
  • Edward Elgar, arr. Anne Dudley 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’
  • Hubert Parry, arr. ErrollynWallen Jerusalem                                            
  • arr. Benjamin Britten The National Anthem

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