The culture minister, Margaret Hodge, will today criticise the Prom concerts as one of many British cultural events that fail to engender new common values
Land of Hope and Glory, otherwise known as Edward Elgar\’s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1, is a regular feature in the traditionally patriotic second half of the Last Night of the Proms. Sir Henry Wood\’s 1905 Fantasia on British Sea Songs is also played. The medley of sailors\’ sea shanties marks the centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar, and culminates with the Proms stalwart Rule Britannia. The penultimate performance in the concert is a rendition of Jerusalem, with William Blake\’s words set to C Hubert H Parry\’s score. The Last Night of the Proms finishes the season with the orchestra and audience combining forces to sing the national anthem. In recent years Proms audiences have made a habit of going off-programme and singing Auld Lang Syne at the end of the concert.
The Proms end with Land of Hope and Glory, Jerusalem (which I agree with Billy Bragg about, should be the English national anthem) and then the UK national anthem. And Margaret bloody Hodge complains that it fails to engender common values?
How did we end up being ruled by fuckwits?