I’m with Nigel Farage, dump this twisted kook instead…
“So the BBC may drop Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory from The Proms because the Finnish conductor is too woke. Why not drop her instead?”
The BBC however is insisting that she had no role at all in choosing the pieces to be played, but who believes anything that the BBC has to say?
Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska, currently the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor, became the target of threats after a row over a concert playlist escalated into a highly politicised debate.
The controversy began when The Sunday Times newspaper reported that the BBC was planning to drop the traditional British anthems “Rule Britannia” and “Land of Hope and Glory” from the Last Night of The Proms, the final performance of an annual classical music festival.
The paper said organisers were making the changes because of a “perceived association with colonialism and slavery”, and added that Stasevska–the Last Night’s conductor–wanted to “modernise the evening’s repertoire and reduce the patriotic elements” because of her support for causes such as Black Lives Matter.
The issue became further politicised when Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage tweeted his indignation at the reported omission of the traditional anthems.