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Re: First night of the Proms
In the 1980s and early 1990s BBC music producers from across the UK were summoned to a monthly meeting at BBC HQ in London. Any examples of an announcer introducing anything even remotely like a "personal opinion" of the performance or performers were pounced upon by the senior management and the producer responsible was given a severe dressing down. It was not the BBC's job to be "telling its listeners" what sort of critical judgement they should have. That was up to the listener himself or herself.
Now everything has changed! We are all, clearly, idiots incapable of deciding for ourselves whether a performance is good, bad or indifferent. And even if the listener is not familiar with the music or particularly knowledgeable about "classical music" in general is this any excuse for such patronising drivel?? I think not!!!
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