Rule, Britannia! The BBC will be lost on Last Night of Prims after the U-turn

  Rule, Britannia!  The BBC will be lost on Last Night of Prims after the U-turn

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The BBC has reversed its decision not to rule, Britannia! And Land Hope F Hope Glund Glory The F Last Night the F Proms.

U-Turn, fiercely criticized by reports that the songs have been abandoned due to their association with colonialism and slavery.

The BBC reported last week that the decision to do an orchestral-version was prompted by the Covid-19 ban.

However, a “select” group of singers will now perform songs after all.

The BBC said in a new statement: “The epidemic means a different premise this year and the result is under the Covid-19 ban, aren’t we able to bring the confusing voices together.”

“For that reason, we made the artistic decision not to sing Rule, Britannia and Land Hope in Hope and Glory.”

But the statement added that the BBC was “keeping a close eye on what else was possible” and that it had found a “compromise”.

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BBC singers from social distance participated in the first night of the prom

“Both pieces will now include a selection group of BBC singers. This means that the words will be lost in the halls, and as we have always made clear, the audience will be free to sing at home.”

On the first night, 18 socially distant members of BBC Singers performed at the otherwise empty stall of the Royal Albert Hall, With orchestra on stage.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was asked to intervene over the decision to play the original fair editions of the BBC on Last Night on 12 September.

“I can’t believe it … the BBC says they won’t sing the words of Land Hope f Hope and Glory or Rule Britannia! Because traditionally they do at the end of The Last Night Pr f the Prims,” ​​he told reporters last week. .

“I think it’s time that we stop our embarrassing feelings about our history, about our traditions and about our culture, and we stop this general conflict of self-recovery and wetting.”

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden said: “Countries that look forward to confidence cannot erase their history, they add to it.”

‘Let’s confuse the nation’

A spokesman for No. 10 on Wednesday said the prime minister “welcomes” the decision to backtrack.

Speaking to Conservative lawmakers, Mr Johnson said: “I think this country is going through a period of national embarrassment about some of the things that other people around the world love most about us.

“People love our traditions and our history with all its imperfections. It’s crazy for us to keep trying to censor it. It’s absurd and I think we should speak out loud and proudly for the UK and our history.”

Mr. Dowd also gave his reaction.

A spokesman for Labor leader Sir Keer Starr said it was the “right decision”, but added: “Enjoying patriotic songs should not be an obstacle to examining our past and learning from it.”

Last week, the BBC said the movement to put songs down was less than the fact that fewer artists could appear on stage due to social distance rules. The corporation promised that the songs would be released next year as usual.

Outgoing Director General Tony Hall defended the “creative conclusion” reached, but acknowledged that the question of leaving the songs had been discussed. Lord Hall handed over the new director general to Tim Dewey on Tuesday.

He argues that songs like Land Hope F Hope and Glory should not be performed, including Chi-Chi Nawanoku, which is run by China! C Orchestra, which performed at promos in 2017 and 2019.

He told the BBC: “We find it insulting. For any conscious black person aware of any sense, imperialism and colonialism, for example, they will struggle to enjoy the patriotic jingoism of these songs.”

Broadcaster and co-master Gareth Malone also pointed out that the song was getting old, and tweeted: “This is the time of Britannia’s rule!”

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