Sunday, 8 September 2013

Pot of gold

I had pretty well determined that i couldn't be bothered to watch the Last Night of the Proms yesterday.

{Parenthetical explanation for those who don't know what the heck I'm talking about.  The Promenade Concerts are a series of classical music concerts held every summer at the Royal Albert Hall in London, where they have been staged for more than 100 years.  This year there were 50+ concerts in the series.  The Last Night has some traditional elements and always a party atmosphere.  The second half is the traditional bit and is broadcast on BBC.]

The Old Bat is not a classical music aficionado - despite her ever-increasing years she still favours Radio 1 - and I have watched the Last Night so many times that I have become just a little bored by the same old same old.  Anyway, the news was early to allow for the concert and I just couldn't be bothered to switch off.  So I watched the Last Night.

And there were changes!  Gone was the arrangement of sea shanties (which includes the ever-popular hornpipe) and instead we were treated to Verdi's Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves and some light music, including Some where Over the Rainbow sung by some American soprano who should have stayed at home.  She also nuked the traditional Rule, Britannia but the audience didn't seem to care. (Nothing wrong with her being American: I just didn't like her voice.)

When I looked out of the bedroom window this morning, what should I see but:-


I'd better go and seek that pot of gold!

1 comment:

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Just say the word and I'll get you a lottery ticket.