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Toggy



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:35 pm    Post subject: Last Night of the Proms Reply with quote

Did anybody watch it? what did you think?

Personally I think it was a mistake to leave out the sea shanties but I have to say Nigel Kennedy was superb. I know he's a bit mad and dresses in a bin liner but my goodness when he plays he becomes a different person.

His version of the Lark Ascending last night was so moving that I seemed to have something in my eye.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For the first time in many a year I decided not to bother, and when I looked down the listings on Radio 3 in RT I noticed it was to be a bit different. It's the traditional bits that I really like so I think I made the right decision.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The traditional bits were not really any different, apart from the conductor was a lady.
They decorated her conducting podium with ribbons and balloons with "it's a girl" written on them. Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've noticed that the traditional sea songs have been missing for a few years now Toggy

I watched as I always try to do and did enjoy it and I think Marion Allsop did a great job as the first woman to conduct on the Last Night but I rather cringed when Katie Derham at the end mentioned another 'tradition' namely the singing of Old Langsyne' by the 'Prommers'

Firstly for how many years has this silly so called tradition existed - less than ten I would venture to suggest

And why has the description of the audience suddenly changed from being Promenaders to Prommers - is this yet another example of the dreadful American speak invading our British culture Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was one of the most enjoyable "Last Nights" I've ever seen. Both singers were terrific, I liked the conductor and Nigel Kennedy delivered. All in all a great programme.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 08, 2013 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I totally forgot it was on, I'll have to Iplayer it.
I'm not really a classical fan but I've always loved watching the Last Night.
Used to enjoy trying to spot the nerdy boy in the crowd doing his little train dance and looking around to see if people were watching him.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ruddlescat wrote:
I've noticed that the traditional sea songs have been missing for a few years now Toggy

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They had them last year but yes I agree when they are not included they are missed.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Last Night of the Proms Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Did anybody watch it? what did you think?

Personally I think it was a mistake to leave out the sea shanties but I have to say Nigel Kennedy was superb. I know he's a bit mad and dresses in a bin liner but my goodness when he plays he becomes a different person.

His version of the Lark Ascending last night was so moving that I seemed to have something in my eye.


I was in Hyde park for proms in the park Very Happy. It was good.
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Toggy



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It looked like a good atmosphere in Hyde Park. Think they could have done without Dame Edna though. Rolling Eyes
During the interval I saw some of it on the live internet feed, thought the Beatles guys were good, saw Bryan Ferry's first song but not over impressed so turned back to events at the RAH for the rest of the evening.

Glad it stayed dry for you.


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nod



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 5:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
It looked like a good atmosphere in Hyde Park. Think they could have done with Dame Edna though. Rolling Eyes
During the interval I saw some of it on the live internet feed, thought the Beatles guys were good, saw Bryan Ferry's first song but not over impressed so turned back to events at the RAH for the rest of the evening.

Glad it stayed dry for you.


Dame Edna was better than l expected and quite sharp and witty. Bryan Ferry was a bit mixed some good some not so good. Funniest bit was Tony Blackburn when he said 'cheer for me to stay', he got cheers, and then asked 'cheer for me to go', in my view and others near us he got louder cheers but he said he couldn't tell the difference Laughing

It was great it didn't rain and as you say a great atmosphere Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, I think Dame Edna might have been funny once about 25 years ago but not now.

The atmosphere seemed dead in Wales, slightly better but not much in Belfast. With the latter the BBC annoyed at tad me by called the venue 'Titanic slipways' it is in fact Titanic AND Olympic slipways. Not that important in the grand scheme of things I suppose but still it would have been nice if they had got it right.
There didn't seem to be very many people at the Glasgow gig, Hyde park was definitely the place to be.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Toggy wrote:
Hmm, I think Dame Edna might have been funny once about 25 years ago but not now.



She / he seemed to leave Tel behind on the jokes Wink , and was funnier than Tony B Very Happy
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