By BBC NewsStaff image captionThe BBC’s decision to play instrumental versions of Rule, Britannia! and Land Of Hope And Glory at the Last Night Of The Proms features on the front pages. The Daily Telegraph says the broadcaster “defied the government” by “effectively censoring the traditional anthems” after announcing that they would be played but
“Surrender” is the headline in
the Daily Mail – one of several papers to lead with the Proms story. It says the BBC’s decision to have Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory played, not sung, is a compromise likely to please nobody.
The paper reveals an alternative solution was put to the BBC by author and Elgar expert, Richard Westwood-Brookes.
He wrote to the director general suggesting Elgar’s original lyrics could be sung, rather than the more colonial lyrics widely known and used today, which were introduced by a collaborator at a later date. The author says he received a “bland reply” telling him his idea wouldn’t be considered.
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