Neatly bookending the hottest bit of the year, we have the camp Eurovision Song Contest (written about elsewhere on this blog) in May closing it we had yesterday’s finale to the Proms season. Which was once again a rousing and magnificent triumph, as it is every year. I love the celebration of culture and history that is always in evidence and I also love watching the orchestra play, a mighty machine working in perfect harmony to bring about stirring music that captures the imagination world-wide.
The BBC gets a lot of stick from the public and press and rightly so in some areas, the top-heavy approach to management, instead of using that money for programming which is evidenced by some of its pretty substandard output, not to mention the lack of live sport. However, The coverage of the Proms is one of the corporations victories.
The vast Royal Albert Hall always looks beautiful on such a night, with its flag waving and panoramic camera angles showing off the enthusiasm of the public for such public artistic events. Founded by Sir Henry Woods back in 1895, who wanted to bring classical music to everybody and his noble intentions are now a staple of our summertime. One thing we can do well on this Sceptred Isle is tradition, which is why our trains are still rubbish, we always expect rain and we are so out of our depth when not queueing.
Bringing together the best in classical music, some great tributes to films (including a great Mary Poppins sing-a-long this year), fusion pieces with modern artists and sometimes a visit from The Doctor as well. The last night is always a worthy climax and is the culmination of the many events that have been on throughout Britain over the summer months. It makes me go all patriotic, at least for a time, which is rare for me.
It is great to see so many people enjoying such wonderful music, frequent camera cuts to places like a packed out Hyde Park for instance show the appetite, it is world heritage and should be celebrated and encouraged, children should be inspired by it and have the opportunity to get involved. It is a well-known fact that we Brits also give lots of charity and this season £89,700 was raised for musical charities which seems the only way to get funding these days as money for the arts is being syphoned off more each year.
As I have started a new job this week I have been somewhat reclusive but will be catching up to your blogs within a day or two, thanks for you patience. Whilst I remember as well, there isn’t too much on this year’s last night on YouTube yet so the above clip are is from a previous year but you get the idea.