Last night the BBC announced that one of its summer Proms would be free.
This morning, as the phone lines turned red hot, the Proms was revealed to be the National Youth Orchestra’s performance of Beethoven’s 9th symphony. Many failed to get tickets for the old roof-raiser. And many who succeeded came away unhappy with the scheme. Here’s writer and musician Alice McVeigh:
Can anybody tell me who, at the Proms, is responsible for choosing to make (of all the possible Proms) the National Youth Orchestra Prom, with about ten choruses included due to Beethoven’s 9th, the only FREE prom? I can’t complain on my own account: 35 minutes hanging on the phone listening to rubbish music this a.m. procured Simon and me (not an exaggeration) the VERY LAST two tickets, but think of the disappointed grandparents etc. all over the country. Sold out in 35 minutes. And I bet there are other NYO PARENTS who weren’t as lucky as we were, either. It was ALWAYS going to be sold out. Why didn’t they pick a Prom NOT involving zillions of talented kids, that was never likely to be a sell-out?