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Samara Ginsberg Samara Ginsberg | 19:02 UK Time, Saturday, 5 September 2009

050909b2.jpgBelieve it or not, it's just a week to go until the Last Night of the Proms, and it's been a hot topic of conversation in tonight's queue. Some prommers have been lucky enough to get tickets for the Royal Albert Hall, some are going to the Proms in the Park events, some will be watching on TV at home or listening to Radio 3. Where will you be?


  • Comment number 1.

    One of the frustrations for Radio 3 bloggers, Samara, is that you rarely get much feedback online. Nevertheless, as you ask a direct question, let me answer you directly:

    " ... Where will you be?"

    We shall be at home, watching on television. It is worth noting that a large number of Radio 3 listeners, messageboarders and promenaders do not like the Last Night of the Proms. See the concurrent online poll and discussion in the following link:


    My first experience of the proms was on television (the last night), Samara, and I was intrigued by all the flag-waving jingoism at quite a young age. It seems to me to be something of a time warp: nineteenth century nationalism surviving into the twenty-first century. I guess that the proms are the closest that classical music gets to the World Cup.

    “For us to go to the Proms,” Gustavo Dudamel once exclaimed before conducting the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, “is like a football team going to the World Cup. But the most important thing isn’t the Albert Hall, it’s the audience – the hall is amazing, but the audience is hot.”

    Lord Clark of 'Civilisation' once suggested that communal enthusiam was a dangerous intoxicant, “ ... but if human beings were to lose altogether the sense of glory, I think we should be the poorer, and when religion is in decline it is an alternative to naked materialism.”

    As for the quality of the music, it is a pretty safe bet that there will be better proms earlier in the season, but that is to miss the point. The last night of the proms is a party, of sorts. I am delighted that so many people are enjoying themselves. So I like the last night, even if I am never there. Perhaps the Radio 3 Blog could consider the Last Night further?


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