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BBC Proms will now use singers for anthems Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory after axing choirs

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Rule Britannia will now be performed with select singers at the BBC Proms (Picture: PA)

The BBC has announced that Last Night at the Proms will use a host of singers to perform two of their most traditional anthems after the choirs were initially axed.

Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory will now be sung using select BBC Singers, it has been confirmed.

It comes after the BBC Proms team said they would be axing the two anthems to avoid using choirs in adherence to social distancing guidelines.

A spokesperson has now said: ‘The pandemic means a different Proms this year and one of the consequences, under Covid-19 restrictions, is we are not able to bring together massed voices.

‘For that reason we took the artistic decision not to sing Rule, Britannia! and Land of Hope and Glory in the Hall. 

‘We have been looking hard at what else might be possible and we have a solution. Both pieces will now include a select group of BBC Singers. ‘

The statement continued: ‘This means the words will be sung in the Hall, and as we have always made clear, audiences will be free to sing along at home. While it can’t be a full choir, and we are unable to have audiences in the Hall, we are doing everything possible to make it special and want a Last Night truly to remember.   We hope everyone will welcome this solution.

‘We think the night itself will be a very special moment for the country – and one that is much needed after a difficult period for everyone. It will not be a usual Last Night, but it will be a night not just to look forward to, but to remember.’

Credit: Original article published here.

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