BBC to axe Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from Proms after Black Lives Matter call them 'racist hymns'

BBC bosses are reconsidering the songs’ inclusion because of their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.

The patriotic anthems Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory, which are traditionally performed on the last night of BBC Proms concert season, may be axed from this year’s program.

Both songs are favourites for Prom fans, who often enthusiastically wave the flags in thousands and sing along.

However, Black Lives Matter has condemned the songs linking them to colonialism and want them removed.

A spokeswoman for BBC Proms said: “We are still finalising arrangements for the Last Night of the Proms so that we are able to respond to the latest advice in regards to COVID-19 and deliver the best offering possible for audiences.”

She added: “Full details will be announced nearer the time of the concert.”

It has caused outrage among the English public.

The Proms were founded in 1895, and the BBC has run the concerts since 1927.

Broadcast on TV, radio and iPlayer, the final night normally attracts tens of millions of viewers and listeners around the UK.

However, it is to be at reduced capacity this year because of Covid-19.

 


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