BBC proms will play rule Britannia but without words after row over offensive lyrics!

The Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia will be played at the Last Night of the Proms but without a singer.

The BBC was understood to be considering dropping the anthems from the concert on September 12 amid fears of criticism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement because of their apparent links to colonialism and slavery. 

The escalating row prompted Downing Street to tell the BBC the songs should not be dropped from the performance after the Sunday Times reported that organisers fear a backlash because of the perceived association the traditional anthems have with colonialism and slavery. 

This evening the BBC, in an attempt to defuse the ongoing row, said a new arrangement of Jerusalem will be performed, along with orchestral versions of Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia. 

In a statement the corporation said: ‘With much reduced musical forces and no live audience, the Proms will curate a concert that includes familiar, patriotic elements such as Jerusalem and the national anthem, and bring in new moments capturing the mood of this unique time, including You’ll Never Walk Alone, presenting a poignant and inclusive event for 2020.’

It added: ‘We very much regret the unjustified personal attacks on Dalia Stasevska, BBC Symphony Orchestra principal guest conductor, made on social media and elsewhere. As ever, decisions about the Proms are made by the BBC, in consultation with all artists involved.’ 

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