Tuesday, August 05, 2008
Bring back gregarious chant to BBC Proms
Back in the days when I lived in London and went to the BBC Proms regularly the promenaders used to perform chants in between works. They were rather silly but harmless and didn't get in the way of the music. These days the chants have disappeared and instead we have silly applause between movements which does get in the way of the music. Could the BBC please do a deal with the promenaders and trade the applause for the chants?
Last night's Prom showed just how stupid the habit of applauding between movements at the Proms has become. A burst of applause after a particularly fine interpretation of a symphony movement is understandable. But the performance of Dvorak 6 by the Netherlands Philharmonic and Yakov Kreizberg , which was flogging the inevitable new CD release, was decidedly pedestrian. Yet still the prommers kept applauding between the movements.
Hello Mum, I'm at the Proms and that's me clapping ...
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