Monday, 13 September 2010

The Last Night

Mr DC and I had an awfully big adventure on Saturday night. See if you can guess where we went:

Does this give you a clue?


Or this?


How about this?


Yes, we were at the Last Night of the Proms!

Katie Derham in the middle!

We have a contact, you see. A lovely friend who is a member of the BBC Singers, and has the voice of an angel, has access to a few Last Night tickets every year. Up until now we've turned them down (!) but this year we said YES, and I am so glad we did. What a truly wonderful evening.


Our seats were astonishingly good - right behind the back row of the BBC Symphony Chorus, so the sound was breathtaking.



I know there are a lot of people who question whether such a display of flag waving (flags of all nations, I should add) and patriotism is really appropriate these days, but I defy anyone not to have been caught up in the atmosphere, and not to have joined in the joyous singing of Jerusalem and the rest. There have been some negative reviews of the choice of both soloists and programme, especially the replacement of the traditional hornpipe, but what can I say? I was there and it was FAB!

This was the view from our seats!

If you are both curious and completely at a loss for something to do this afternoon, we do appear in the iplayer recording at about 83 minutes in, right at the end of the National Anthem. Mr DC is the unfeasibly tall man in a red tie next to the strange people in masks, and I am the short round person next to him in the gold top.

29 comments:

  1. It looks like you had a wonderful evening! Clearly something is going on over there that we haven't seen here yet, as patriotism is a pretty big deal here.

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  2. WOW! Bet you're still up on that cloud. Hope you stay there for a good while yet, Ax

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  3. Hi Dotty,
    Sounds like a wonderful evening. I tried to see the recording, but it wouldn't work here in the US ;(. There's something so moving about hearing a full symphony orchestra in 'real life', isn't there? And what's wrong with a bit of flag waving now and then ;)?

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  4. Lucky Luck you!

    I watched the LNotP on the tv for the first time in five years. For the last four years we have sung our hearts out and waved our flags madly in Hyde Park.

    I'm a keen Promer and use to take great advantage of the £5 tickets. I love lying on the marble floor of the gallary at the very very top of the building, letting the music waft over me.

    I'm all for the pomp and celebration of the night, frankly it does bring a tear to my eye. I'm not a crazy monarchist, but I would be sad if we lost the history that goes along with the monarchy. Likewaise I think the the country would be a sadder place without the Proms and the very special last night.

    Didn't Mr DC sing at the Proms once?

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  5. Wonderful! I bet you have a sore throat from all that singing! And a sore arm from all that flag waving : )

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  6. Oh you lucky lady, I love the proms and always watch the last night. I love the flag waving and the singing. I sing along at home much to the amusment of Em!.Jane x

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  7. what fun!!! I don't think there is anything wrong with a bit of flag waving and patriotism, we don't do enough of it in this country!!

    xx

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  8. Lucky you!

    That's the second time that I've heard mention that flag waving might possibly be not appropriate. Yet over here, people complain that not enough people have the American flag up on their houses.

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  9. how fantastic and such great seats too. While out walking the dogs in the park we were asked for directions by lots of lost people heading to the Royal Albert Hall.

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  10. "Recording not available in your area." Gah! No fair! Maybe I could find it at YouTube??

    Glad you had such a wonderful time!!

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  11. Oh wow, sounds like a fab night! And, what super seats :-)

    Glad you enjoyed it and I'll bet you'll remember it for a long time to come.

    xxx

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  12. We were singing along to Jerusalem too, sadly sitting at home not in the midst of the action!

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  13. That sounds like SO much fun!!
    The photographs were fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing!

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  14. I have been listening to delayed broadcasts of the proms on abc classic fm here in oz.

    Jerusalem never fails to move me - and neither does "I vow to thee my country"

    I would love to go one day...

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  15. What fantastic fun! lucky you.

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  16. Oh, my gosh, DC!! Sooo HAPPY for you! I'm all teary-eyed here, for my hubby & I dream of experiencing a Last Night for real. We've been listening every day to the Prom via net radio and this year's Proms had been truly outstanding! We are huge BBC radio & TV fans and thank goodness for net radio to keep us up with all. I always cry when it comes time for "Jerusalem", etc. I think I was English in a previous lifetime... LOL! ;o) Such a thrill to see your photos. Thank you for sharing... WOW... ((HUGS))

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  17. What an amazing evening! And you look fabulous. Mr DC must be very tall!

    K x

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  18. It sounds like you had a fabulous evening! Lucy xx

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  19. Oh, why can't any of my friends sing? I joined in (and cried) here, as usual. When I was younger I wouldn't let my dad watch it on TV as I knew I'd end up bawling. Great seeing you in the midst of it all.

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  20. Oh wow - you're there! I just love the proms but didn't see it this year. I've just sat here watching you on iPlayer and I've come over all emotional at Land of Hope and Glory and the National Anthem - and seeing you and Mr DC there was just fantastic!

    xxx

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  21. Oh my..jealous, jealous jealous! Glad you had fun!!

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  22. Oh lucky you - I bet it was a wonderful night that you'll always remember. The atmosphere must have been awesome - I usually watch it but I'm sure the tv doesn't do it justice!

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  23. How cool! I bet you had a really fun night. What's wrong with flag waving though? It's really BIG over here!

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  24. Last Night tickets - how thrilling! I'm sure the atmosphere was terrific. So glad you had such a lovely evening.

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  25. It sounds like you had a great time. My youngest daughter really wants to go to the Proms after watching the Dr Who one on TV!

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  26. Oh wow! What a wonderful opportunity. I think the flag waving is fun and always nice to see it away from just football. I'm glad you enjoyed getting swept up in the moment :)

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  27. jealousy is such a terrible thing, but one year I WILL buy the six compulsory tickets in an attempt at a chance for the last night!

    Glad you had a fantastic time
    x

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