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BBC insiders have blasted their bosses for 'walking into an unnecessary and absurd row' and making a 'ghastly mistake' by censoring the 'racist' to Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia on the Last Night of the Proms. The band were formed in 1984 and have played music festivals around the world over the decades, releasing 15 studio albums, four DVDs and five live albums. The husband of the conductor in the Proms row is a guitarist for a heavy metal band that tried to release a song about Adolf Hitler. Songs can take on new meaning, it's become part of a new story that represents pride. 'We obviously share the disappointment of everyone that the Proms will have to be different but we believe this is the best solution in the circumstances.'. David Brice, a commodore in the Royal Navy, wrote a letter to The Times condemning the censorship of Rule Britannia. It came after the actor Laurence Fox mounted a social media drive to back a recording by Dame Vera Lynn, who died in June aged 103. Mr Phillips accused BBC bosses of being 'rooms full of white men panicking that someone is going to think they are racist'. It’s not censorship it’s just saying that some songs, especially those two, are racist propaganda that celebrates that the British Empire. ', He defended the compromise, adding: 'It's very, very hard in an Albert Hall that takes over 5,000 people to have the atmosphere of the Last Night of the Proms and to have things where the whole audience normally sing along.'. A BBC source told The Times: “Dalia is a big supporter of Black Lives Matter and thinks a ceremony without an audience is the perfect moment to bring change.”. Yesterday, a Songs of Praise producer has compared Rule Britannia's lyrics to neo-Nazis singing about the Holocaust. "Rule, Britannia!" was “offensive”. 1, which was originally premiered in 1901. They have also balked at Land of Hope of Glory, which praises the empire and was said to have been inspired by Cecil Rhodes. For other inquiries, Contact Us. Miss Stasevska has made no comment and has chosen to let this remark stand. It contains verses such as: “Rule, Britannia! They might sing Rule Britannia with gusto but they will have been just as enthusiastic for the French, African, Indian – even Finnish – music at other concerts over the season. Not even the finest dairy herds of Devon and Cornwall could have confected something as thick, rich and clotted as the latest solution served up by the BBC. Kehinde Andrews said that even debating whether or not the song was inappropriate was a “disgrace”, during a fiery debate on Good Morning Britain today. was set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740, and its lyrics were based on a poem by James Thomson. Miss Stasevska, born to a Lithuanian mother and Ukrainian father, spent the first five years of her life in Estonia. Those backing the appeal include actor Laurence Fox, who called the decision to drop the lyrics from Edward Elgar's composition 'shameful'. Similarly, Elgar's Land of Hope and Glory was called no such thing when it was first performed at the Proms in 1901 – because Arthur Benson had not yet got round to writing any words. It is not offensive at all. We should have anthems which celebrate what is truly great about the UK, which we can all sing and this will help unite our country.'. on the Last Night of the Proms seems at variance with historical truth. rule the waves / Britons never will be slaves. 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Judge for yourself… France: La Marseillaise ‘They’re coming right into your arms, to cut the throats of your sons, your comrades! Asked whether there had been a discussion about dropping songs because of their link with imperialism, Lord Hall replied: 'The whole thing has been discussed by David and his colleagues. He tweeted today: "Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory are highlights of the Last Night of the Proms. It acquired its popularity not as a military marching tune, like, say, France's unashamedly brutal Marseillaise, but as a catchy musical number sung by barmaid-turned-West End star, Kitty Clive. 679215 Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9GF. Singer Lily Allen has called for the anthem 'Rule Britannia' to be banned due to lyrics surrounding slavery. Instead, he was in the full regalia of the King of the Incas, complete with feathered cloak and Sun God helmet. “I’m sorry, [the fact that] that we're having this conversation now, that’s a disgrace. Florez had come not in white tie and tails, nor dressed as Britannia. This argument simply falls apart given that the song which has now overtaken Elgar – 'You'll Never Walk Alone' – is a singalong classic which will be sung by the guest soprano and by the BBC Singers. The journalists at the BBC are too trapped in the Westminster bubble.'. He is replacing Oxford-educated BBC veteran Lord Hall who worked for the corporation for decades before leading the Royal Opera. By Rory Tingle For Mailonline and John Stevens and Arthur Martin and Paul Revoir and Mario Ledwith for the Daily Mail, Published: 08:37 GMT, 26 August 2020 | Updated: 17:01 GMT, 26 August 2020. The patriotic banners saturate in waves of blood.'. “While thou shalt flourish great and free / The dread and envy of them all. It contains verses such as: “Rule, Britannia! … To arms, to arms, on land and sea! A few bars of Arne's famous anthem will be bolted on to the end of the usual medley of nautical songs – but without any words. It is an old song, asking Britannia ( a mythical goddess) to rule the waves. Anti-Semitism campaigner Jonathan Sacerdoti called the comparison 'outrageous'. David Brice, a commodore in the Royal Navy, wrote a letter to The Times condemning the censorship of Rule Britannia. "I remember my school 20 years ago taking Rule Britannia off the hymn sheet because they realised it was totally inappropriate and offensive. This year's guest conductor, Finland's Dalia Stasevska, 35, reportedly regards the virus as a good excuse for pruning a much-loved script. 'Without Britannia ruling the waves, this successful campaign could not have been attempted. "Some of the traditional tunes, like Jerusalem, are easier to perform...We also don’t know if we’ll be in a worse situation in two weeks’ time.”. A corporation spokesman said: 'The decisions taken are the BBC's. Her mother Ula Zait moved to America and now lives in Texas. She recently emailed BBC Proms chiefs urging them to drop Rule Britannia. There's lots of things you can say about both of the songs and they are not up to the minute. Her comments came amid the controversy over the decision to not sing the patriotic anthem, along with Land of Hope and Glory, at the Last Night of the Proms this year. One senior insider said: 'This is another example of the BBC walking into a completely unnecessary and absurd row about culture. RULE Britannia is “racist propaganda” because of its links to slavery, a university professor has claimed. In other words, it's a Georgian X-Factor hit. Pull the other one. Lord Digby Jones criticised the BBC today, while BBC TV presenter Simon McCoy also appeared to mock the decision, writing 'There are no words', Nigel Farage suggested the BBC 'needs cancelling' when reacting to the ongoing Last Night of the Proms row this morning, Kate Hoey, the former MP for Vauxhall, said the Proms was 'not worth watching' without the lyrics to the anthems, Tory MPs Andrew Griffith and Alexander Stafford both urged the BBC to row back on their decision not to sing the anthems' lyrics. The song has been used as part of a number of compositions, including Wagner's concert overture in D Major in 1837 and Beethoven's orchestral work, Wellington's Victory. It is often said that the BBC is far too sensitive to the prevailing wind on Twitter. The group urged those upset with the Proms decision to download Dame Vera's version, tweeting yesterday: 'Let's get Land of Hope and Glory to No 1 in the charts and make the BBC play it... the words the BBC really don't want you to hear, sung by Dame Vera Lynn.'. Another BBC source told The Times 'We have taken a relatively simple thing and made it a complete mess,' one BBC source said. We very much regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor made on social media and elsewhere.'. It was entitled, simply, 'Woke'. I don’t listen to Land of Hope and Glory and say ‘thank God I’m British’ — it actually makes me feel more alienated. Indeed, the words are an exhortation, not a triumphalist boast. Former Proms director Nicholas Kenyon wrote darkly in the Guardian of his 'sense of foreboding that this most British of occasions might be hijacked to celebrate the triumph of Little England'. “It’s not about banning and censorship it’s about what songs do we want to represent the modern moment and if, and it’s a big 'if', if we do want an anti-racist Britain then songs like this don’t need to be celebrated on the Proms.”. Elgar, right composed Land of Hope and Glory. ... Asian and ethnically diverse, said Rule, Britannia! Next comes Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No. It regained popularity at the end of WWII in 1945 after it was played at the ceremonial surrender of the Japanese imperial army in Singapore. But critics have questioned the line “Britons never, never, never shall be slaves” over the nation's involvement in the slave trade. But perhaps, we should have seen this coming. Instead of either ignoring the usual half-hearted complaints about 'jingoism' – a recurring grumble ahead of every Last Night since the war – or else explaining why such charges are baseless, the BBC management has, this year, just caved in. Back then, in those dumbstruck days immediately after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the USA, it was decided that these boisterous crowd-pleasers would hit the wrong note. 'Britain raped India and that is what that song is celebrating.'. It is hard to know whether it is physically possible to do it. The BBC vowed last night that the patriotic lyrics would return in 2021 – when the concert season finale is again performed before an audience - but it has done little to quell the anger. Britannia rule the waves… I think we should not read this song anymore.” Joanna argued for Allen’s side, claiming the lyrics are offensive and insensitive about slavery. "I share concerns of many about their potential removal and have raised this with the BBC. was “offensive”. The thing which most sticks in my mind about that night in 2016 (like all the other Last Nights, in fact) is the range of nationalities. The row also rumbled on today as a Songs of Praise producer who compared singing Rule Britannia to Nazis singing about gas chambers doubled down on her attack  - and called for the anthem to be rewritten. It comes as tens of thousands sign a MailOnline petition demanding that demanding that the lyrics be reinstated. 'in a panic about race' : Trevor Phillips, left, the former head of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, has also condemned this year's decision, Porra plays bass for Stratovarius, who have had three number 1 albums in their native Finland. Incoming and outgoing BBC Director General: Former Marketing Executive Tim Davie, left, takes over the BBC next week from Lord Hall. RULE Britannia is “racist propaganda” because of its links to slavery, a university professor has claimed. It gained popularity in the UK after it was first played in London in 1745 and became symbolic of the British Empire, most closely associated with the British Navy. What we get is a whole lot of woke claptrap and the BBC don't know what to do about it.'. The remit of the BBC hasn't really changed in 100 years, it really is time for a review. What a beautiful day that would be.'. ', 'War, war without truce against who would attempt to blemish the honour of the fatherland!' She added: 'We should apologise for it properly and yet at the moment, we have NO memorial to enslaved people in the UK. It contains verses such as: “Rule, Britannia! “Rule, Britannia! But due to social distancing guidelines, the orchestra will be cut by half with only 18 singers expected to perform - and no audience singalong. At least, there is still one irredeemably British quality to this year's Last Night of the Proms: the fudge. The only people who hijacked the event were an enterprising band of Remainers who had purchased a lorry load of EU flags which were given to everyone going through the door. Rule, Britannia! Jan Younghusband, head of BBC music TV commissioning, confirmed the music content for the night is still being reviewed. He said: “This is about saying what songs are appropriate. I have interviewed a few of them over the years. The conductor of this year's Proms, Dalia Stasevska, has reportedly voiced her desire to modernise the Proms and reduce its patriotic elements. By posting your comment you agree to our house rules. We should not celebrate slave owners. 'To march against the enemy guns! They need not cringe. A Songs of Praise producer who compared singing Rule Britannia to Nazis singing about gas chambers has doubled down on her attack and called for the anthem to be rewritten. David Mellor, the Tory former culture secretary, said: 'This is a disgraceful cock-up at every level. The Sun website is regulated by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), Our journalists strive for accuracy but on occasion we make mistakes. Mr Oramo ignored it all. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. “Decisions about the Proms are made by the BBC, in consultation with all artists involved,” it said. Britons never, never, never shall be slaves. She added that any black person “aware of their history, the empire and colonialism” would “struggle to enjoy the patriotic jingoism of these songs”. The comments below have not been moderated. ', 'Although it may be justified on artistic grounds [the decision] does have while political and cultural significance which they [BBC bosses] either ignored, didn't understand or were caught in a complete muddle over. Saying he could barely believe the BBC's decision, he added: 'It's time we stopped our cringing embarrassment about our history, about our traditions, and about our culture, and we stopped this general fight of self-recrimination and wetness, I wanted to get that off my chest.'. It was suggested that the Finnish Proms conductor, Dalia Stasevska, was keen to limit patriotic elements, and that this year – without an audience due to coronavirus – was the perfect moment for change. The 19th century mining magnate helped Britain colonise much of Southern Africa. The British public could also force the BBC to play the 'offensive' lyrics of Land of Hope and Glory on Friday after Vera Lynn's rendition of Land of Hope and Glory topped the charts. 'I don't feel very British when I have people say to me 'go home p***.''. BBC columnist Richard Morrison has previously called for the songs to be binned from the set-list - branding them "crudely jingoistic". The corporation could now be forced to play the patriotic anthem properly after all, because the UK's top-selling songs are typically aired in full during BBC Radio 1's Friday chart show. The compromise was drawn up after incoming director general Tim Davie - who takes over on 1 September - after he intervened to insist both Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory were performed in some form. Anger grew over the BBC's decision yesterday, with Boris Johnson condemning the corporation for 'wetness' and accusing its senior figures of harbouring a 'cringing embarrassment' for Britain's traditions. Another called it a 'totally self-generated f*** up'.'. The trouble is, there are too many at the Beeb who just don’t like patriotism. The US anthem celebrates 'bombs bursting in the air' as they 'gave proof through the night that our flag was still there'. The result is a mess that has not merely satisfied no one at all but has now managed to kickstart a national debate about the BBC itself. It's a good start for Rule Britannia and Mademoiselle Francaise, heading off at a steady pace. They are anything but a celebration of national music, like so many lesser festivals. 'It makes a lot of us despair when this kind of thing happens again and again. "The Sun", "Sun", "Sun Online" are registered trademarks or trade names of News Group Newspapers Limited. The musician instead suggested the songs could be replaced with I Vow to Thee My Country or The Beatles' All You Need Is Love. If the BBC knew its history, it would understand Rule Britannia ISN'T racist - and is adored across the world, writes ROBERT HARDMAN, Boris Johnson criticises BBC ‘embarrassment’ at British traditions | News | The Times. The song 'Land of Hope and Glory' is based on the trio theme from Elgar's Pomp And Circumstance March No. Your details from Facebook will be used to provide you with tailored content, marketing and ads in line with our Privacy Policy. rule the waves / Britons never will be slaves. Tensions between No 10 and the BBC have been growing since the election. As ever, it was nonsense – as I discovered when I went along myself. Wasfi Kani, chief executive of Grange Park Opera in Surrey, has said she would welcome the removal of the anthems. 'The principle reason it has no confidence ... is that there is no ethnic diversity at the top of its decision-making tree. so that Britain would be kept free from invaders. The South African, 36, said: 'Dalia and I want to pay tribute to the culture that has invited us into its space, and also make sure we do something that speaks to the times we are living through.'. Then they should tell their critics on both sides to pipe down and enjoy the music. And ex-BBC chairman Michael Grade launched a blistering attack on the corporation this morning, calling the decision 'idiotic' and a 'ghastly mistake' by bosses who have 'lost touch' with the British public. Then, the Prime Minister weighed in for the second day running, accusing the BBC of 'cringing' and 'wetness'. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. For many of them, it is a lifelong ambition to get a ticket to the real thing. To inquire about a licence to reproduce material, visit our Syndication site. was set to music by Thomas Arne in 1740, and its lyrics were based on a poem by James Thomson. Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden also criticised those calling for the anthems to be scrapped. 'The Austrian eagle has lost his plumes. You can choose on each post whether you would like it to be posted to Facebook. Britannia rule the waves » (même si ce n'était pas l'objet initial du poème). These songs have never been imposed on the British public – like a national anthem or school song – but they endure through their universal appeal. Late on Monday, BBC bosses finally confirmed that the two anthems would be performed, but without the lyrics. Britannia rule the waves, even if this was not the poem's original subject). Not even the finest dairy herds of Devon and Cornwall could have confected something as thick, rich and clotted as the latest solution served up by the BBC. In addition to the EU and Union flags, the next most popular is usually that of Germany. Arthur Sullivan, who wrote comedy operas in Victorian times, quoted from the song too. BBC insiders say Porra's 35-year-old conductor wife is among those keen to modernise the Last Night of the Proms and reduce the patriotic elements. Her stance has been backed by soprano Golda Schultz, who hinted at plans for a change in an interview. BBC bosses had been considering removing both completely following criticism by woke left-wing activists claiming the lyrics about Britain 'never being enslaved' were 'racist' . The Last Night of the Proms is due to take place on 12 September, but without an audience, due to coronavirus. 'The big question is what's the future for British public sector broadcasting and Tim Davie is a fine executive who will serve the BBC very well indeed.What we need to do is take a long hard look and come with a definition and a role fore the BBC that reflects the very different reality today. She added that any black person “aware of their history, the empire and colonialism” would “struggle to enjoy the patriotic jingoism of these songs”. But former Tory council candidate Mr Davie intervened and is thought to want to reset the BBC's relationship with No 10 when he takes over next week. We will automatically post your comment and a link to the news story to your Facebook timeline at the same time it is posted on MailOnline. Former chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Damian Collins MP, added today: 'There has been a suggestion that this is because some people regard the performance of these songs as out-dated and even that some of the words are offensive. By last night the song had already shot to number one in Apple's charts for its own music services. Cat Lewis said that singing about how Britons would 'never be slaves' during Rule Britannia was akin to Nazis shouting about how they would 'never be forced into a gas chamber'. Ms Kani also raised concerns with the line on slavery, telling BBC Radio 4: 'I'm Indian, my parents came from India, I received a wonderful education in Britain, but I don't actually feel very British when I hear things like that. It is strongly associated with the Royal Navy and the British Empire, and contains lyrics such as: Perhaps the loudest cheer of the night came when he led on his star vocalist, Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Florez, to sing Rule Britannia - originating from a poem by James Thomson. 'Dalia is a big supporter of Black Lives Matter and thinks a ceremony without an audience is the perfect moment to bring change,' a BBC source said. The song was written for an 18th-century royal masque about Alfred the Great defeating the Vikings. It then went on to be a favourite tune of the Royal Navy – the same navy, of course, which abolished slavery. The lyrics to Rule Britannia include the line 'Britons never, never, never shall be slaves', while the 1902 words to Land of Hope and Glory were reputedly inspired by Cecil Rhodes, an imperialist and mining magnate whose statue is being removed from an Oxford college. The lyrics of Rule Britannia are offensive, she said. Piers went on to argue that Rule Britannia was much less offensive than lyrics heard in rap songs, and Femi responded saying there was "misogyny" in a lot of music, not just rap. Kehinde Andrews said that even debating … To do this we will link your MailOnline account with your Facebook account. Sir Henry Wood's Promenade Concerts (to give them their full name) have always been the greatest festival of world music anywhere. Rule, Britannia! Rule, Britannia is usually played annually during at the BBC's Last Night of the Proms. Mr Morrison wrote in his column in the BBC Music Magazine last month urging organisers to replace the "toe-curling embarrassing anachronistic farrago of nationalistic songs". Songs of Praise producer who compared singing Rule Britannia to Nazis singing about gas chambers doubled down on her attack  - and called for the anthem to be rewritten. The Sunday Times claims there are concerns at the BBC about associations with colonialism and slavery. Image caption Chi-chi Nwanoku’s Chineke! Kehinde Andrews said that even debating whether or not the song was inappropriate was a “disgrace”, during a fiery debate on Good Morning Britain today. Like all the other Prommers, they were there for the music and for the occasion. ‘Dalia is a big supporter of Black Lives Matter and thinks a ceremony without an audience is the perfect moment to bring change,’ a BBC source said. Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Your comment will be posted to MailOnline as usual. Is Rule Britannia really so offensive compared to the lyrics of other countries' hymns? RULE Britannia is “racist propaganda” because of its links to slavery, a university professor has claimed. Note that the words say 'Britannia, rule the waves' – not 'rules'. With no substantial ethnic minorities beyond a tiny percentage of Swedes and Russians, Finland is among the least diverse societies in Europe. King Edward suggested that this trio would make a good song, and so Elgar worked it into the last section of his Coronation Ode, to be performed at King Edward's coronation. The switch to an instrumental version for the Last Night of the Proms (pictured) prompted the actor Laurence Fox to mount a social media drive to back a recording by Dame Vera Lynn, who died in June aged 103. He added: "[The Empire] killed tens of millions of people – many of which now, like myself and yourself Adil, are descendants of those victims of colonialism. It would have been easier for the BBC if they had simply said they were removing these pieces on a temporary basis, as indeed they did in 2001. on the Last Night of the Proms seems at variance with historical truth. View our online Press Pack. Remembering the Ottoman Empire as a 'barbarian nation', Hungary's anthem still includes the following suspect line about the suffering it endured at the hands of a nearby neighbour: 'the Turks' slave yoke we took upon our shoulders'. Several prominent left-wingers have come out against the traditional anthems in recent days. "The majority of people don't listen to the song and go 'oh we want to reimpose colonialism and slavery', songs can take on new meaning, it's become part of a new story that represents pride.". Dalia Stasevska, 35, who is conducting the Last Night of the Proms on September 12 is said to be among those hoping to modernise the event. And you'll never walk alone, you'll never walk alone. Un bon départ pour Loi Britannia et Mademoiselle Francaise, en tête à un rythme régulier. controversy over the decision to not sing the patriotic anthem, along with Land of Hope and Glory, at the Last Night of the Proms this year. THE BBC is set to drop crowd favourites Land of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia from the Last Night of The Proms in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. was “offensive”. Rule, Britannia is usually performed by about 80 members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra and a chorus of more than 100 singers. Cat Lewis tweeted: 'Do those Brits who believe it's ok to sing an 18th Century song about never being enslaved... also believe it's appropriate for neo-Nazis to shout 'We will never be forced into a gas chamber'.'. The song has been an integral part of the annual Remembrance Day ceremony since 1930, when it became the first song played in the programme known as The Traditional Music. In other words, some songs are safe to sing in a pandemic but not others. It's totally inappropriate to have these songs. At the time, lead singer Timo Tolkki said he was 'extremely interested' in the dictator but that 'hell broke loose' when he premiered the track to his German record label. Yesterday, the director-general Lord [Tony] Hall claimed it was a 'creative conclusion' in response to Covid-19, insisting: 'It's very, very hard to have things where the whole audience normally sing along.'. ', 'Some have come from a land beyond the wave, sworn to be free, no more our ancient sireland shall shelter the despot or the slave.'. This eagle that drunk the blood of Italy and Poland, together with the Cossack.'. For further details of our complaints policy and to make a complaint please click this link: thesun.co.uk/editorial-complaints/, Kehinde Andrews said even debating whether the song was inappropriate was a 'disgrace', Professor Andrews clashed with fellow panellist Inaya Folarin as they discussed the row, British anthems could be scrapped from the Last Night of the Proms, The songs are usually accompanied by flag-waving from the audience, Wasfi Kani, chief executive of Grange Park Opera, Jamie Barton performs Rule Brittania at Last Night Of The Proms 2019, Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO). ... Asian and ethnically diverse, said Rule, Britannia! So the Broadcasting House high-ups must have been mortified to see that the most popular Twitter thread yesterday lunchtime was '#DefundtheBBC' followed closely by '#RuleBritannia'. It contains verses such as: “The nations, not so blest as thee / Must, in their turns, to tyrants fall. Here was a proud Peruvian in ancient native dress, conducted by a proud Finn, leading the entire Albert Hall – plus tens of thousands gathered around the jumbo screens in Hyde Park, Glasgow and elsewhere plus millions more watching on telly – in a bravura rendition of one of Britain's best-loved tunes. Ms Lewis then said if she was producing the Proms, she would suggest a national competition to find new lyrics for Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory to find 'words which celebrate and unify our fantastic country, because the music to both is undoubtedly fabulous'. Or their audience. They've shown that tome and again over Brexit, they missed the big swing at the election. Do you want to automatically post your MailOnline comments to your Facebook Timeline? ‘Rule, Britannia!’ has been so popular that it has been used in a variety of ways. 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