Britannia rules the airwaves!

Britannia rules the airwaves! Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia are sung by a choir at the Last Night of the Proms after furious backlash over lyrics being pulled due to 'colonial ties' The BBC made U-turn to include British anthems at Royal Albert Hall concert following weeks of controversy Reduced orchestra of 65 rather than the usual 300 performed live at the venue without an audience tonight  Run-up to the Last Night saw musicians and Boris Johnson weigh into the debate over the controversial lyrics 

By Faith Ridler For Mailonline

Published: 21:59 BST, 12 September 2020 | Updated: 22:22 BST, 12 September 2020

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Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! were tonight sung by a choir at the Last Night of the Proms following furious backlash over lyrics being pulled due to 'colonial ties.'

The BBC previously said the controversial pieces would be performed without lyrics at the Royal Albert Hall in London but made a dramatic U-turn following a heated debate over the decision.  

A reduced orchestra of 65 rather than the usual 300 performed live at the venue – but without an audience due to coronavirus restrictions – with the singers placed in the stalls to ensure social distancing.

The highly anticipated concert featured South African soprano Golda Schultz with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under its principal guest conductor Dalia Stasevska.

Violinist Nicola Benedetti stepped in to perform during The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams after Lisa Batiashvili pulled out due to illness.

Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! were tonight sung by a choir at the Last Night of the Proms following furious backlash over lyrics being pulled due to 'colonial ties'

Land of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! were tonight sung by a choir at the Last Night of the Proms following furious backlash over lyrics being pulled due to 'colonial ties'

The BBC made a dramatic U-turn so the traditional British anthems could be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London despite weeks of controversy over their inclusion

The BBC made a dramatic U-turn so the traditional British anthems could be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London despite weeks of controversy over their inclusion 

Introducing the show, host Katie Derham said: 'Our orchestra, singers and some very special guests are standing by for an evening of classical treats, show songs and all your traditional favourites.'

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