Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Trio lacrimoso

The custodians of classical music at the BBC - James Purnell, Director of Radio & Education; Alan Davey, Controller of Radio 3; and the Controller of the Proms, David Pickard - have all been strangely quiet on Twitter since around 10th August (save for Davey giving links to a couple of concerts). 

Many BBC executives go on holiday at the end of August, which could explain it. But it might be related to their 'creative decision' about the Proms. They got the support of Lord Hall, but the future support of Tim Davie is less clear. 

Former BBC executive Roger Mosey, writing for the Daily Mail, says he's been talking to current and former executives about the decision not to sing Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory at the Last Night of the Proms. 

One tells me it was ‘unbelievable’; while another, hardened by previous battles, says that almost every year some bright spark in the music department  suggested dropping the patriotic songs, but was swiftly overruled. 

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