For the first time in decades, I did not watch the Last Night of the Proms – I remember going to the event on a few occasions in the 70s.
I have been aware for many years how the overall quality of the supposedly “greatest classical music festival in the world” has been declining, largely driven by the BBC in its desperate attempt to increase the size of the audience.
Given what I have read in the media this morning I did not miss much and it seems that the culmination of what is now a ‘Glastonburyesque’ event was politically hijacked by many and encouraged by the once great BBC. Frankly, I am surprised that the ‘chorus’ Oh Jeremy Corbyn has not been transplanted into the ‘traditional running order’ of the second half of the event!
For many years, the creeping ‘inclusivity’ of the event and the series as a whole has meant more and more non-British flags being waived by people who clearly don’t see or understand the significance of the words they are singing (or probably reading) in such as Land of Hope and Glory. According to a number of reports, the Union Jack was being sold outside the Royal Albert Hall, as usual, but this time alongside many people giving our free EU flags. So much for an un-biased BBC?!
Such is the decline of a once great, unique and patriotic event and series of concerts, the history of the dumbing down of which, can be linked closely to the ‘ownership’ and control of the BBC and its now wide and active participation in our social engineering.
This manufactured decline should be a sad day for us all, however we have now reached a point where most people have not even noticed what is happening.
Well, the big day for ‘music lovers’ has come…and gone. The programme for the “largest classical music festival in the world” is out today and continues the downward trend toward some form of ‘cross-over’ music prostituting itself under the guise of ‘classical music’. There are some truly ‘classical music’ concerts, don’t get me wrong, but there is no way that the entire programme is ‘classical’ or even in some cases “music” and then there is the usual liberal dose of BBC ‘virtue signalling’…which some may call propaganda or even brainwashing. It is so sad and the abuse of Sir Henry Wood’s concept for the Proms has been hijacked and polluted by the BBC long ago. He must be turning in his grave.
I switched on BBC Radio 4 as usual this morning to listen to the over-dramatised regurgitation of the same issues as yesterday and the day before…pretending to be NEWs. Suddenly and to my amazement, I heard the dulcet tones of Billy Bragg (who I can’t abide even for a few minutes) spouting his marxist theories for the salvation of mankind. Nothing new there I thought, but as always I wondered what he was ‘selling’…a lot of the BBC output these days are in fact trailers or adverts for their forthcoming programmes. So, I was firstly dumbfounded and then horrified to hear that this was indeed a trailer, but not for a BBC programme. It was in fact for a “speech” he was giving on (marxist) economics…AT THE BANK OF ENGLAND this afternoon, in London. I almost fell off my chair…as I did when I listened to his claptrap on YouTube this afternoon, which I did in order to reassure myself of my personal assessment of this dangerous man and his ideals. I can only assume he wrote the speech…because he read it…in his opulent study in his (by most people’s measure) ‘small Marxist palace’ or, perhaps, Dacha would be a better word.
Incidentally, Billy Bragg calls himself a “musician”, so it got me thinking as to whether he would ever appear at the BBC Proms, given the direction I mentioned earlier. Given the BBC and it’s ‘leftie’ views, I guess that is highly likely.