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Peter Gregson Peter Gregson | 19:38 UK Time, Sunday, 6 September 2009

060909c.jpgNo, these aren't sartorially advanced Prommers - they're some of tonight's singers performing in Prom 68 Handel's Messiah! There are 400 or so singers tonight so we're seeing a lot of them around..!


  • Comment number 1.

    As a keen observer of fashion at the Proms, Peter, I would say that promenaders dressed down during the course of the twentieth century, the triumph of the casual, so to speak, which is part of the informal ethos of the festival, and perhaps of society in general.

    The naughty 'noughties have witnessed subtle changes to this trend, and I have been surprised by some of the fashion statements which you and Samara have captured in the Radio 3 Blog in 2009.

    Black (white or any) tie in the Q(ueue) is now considered to be a relatively extreme example of male satorial elegance, not necessarily the most comfortable of clothes to wear, particularly if the weather is hot, but do you consider that prommers are dressing up in the twenty-first century, and if so, why?

  • Comment number 2.

    I should have written 'sartorial' elegance above, Peter, although I guess that as they sat down, the singers might also have been 'satorial'.


    I should perhaps confess, Peter, that I did not attend this particular Prom (68), although I did listen to much of it live on the radio, and the five choirs sounded particularly good.

    I was reading Geoff Brown's review in 'The Times' this morning, and the clothes of the performers (rather than the promenaders) were introduced thus:

    "Black, red, white, blue, lilac: they came in five colours. But whatever their dress code, the seven British youth choirs serried in stadium seats on the Albert Hall stage sang with a uniformity of tone, attack and spirit that was simply gorgeous to hear. The national “Sing Hallulejah” scheme, mounted by Radio 3 and English National Opera, couldn’t have had a brighter send-off ... "


    Congratulations to all five youth choirs for such a splendid performance. Such colour is something we sometimes listeners miss on radio, Peter.


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