I think the thing which got me so annoyed was the context. Set out calmly in print ss you have done the reference to Elvis Presley seems inane but (I concede) understandable. But the context was that this link between Sibelius and (let's just call it) the 1950s was Ms Derham's final sentence. Within a matter of seconds the symphony begins. Therefore the linkage or to be cruder, the image, is with the viewer/listener as the symphony opens with the magic of the drum roll ushering in the ascending strings. What can therefore appear as simply "odd" in print becomes far more discordant in the context of a thought in one's head as the first notes of Sibelius's last symphony actually begin.
Sympathy for the BBC? Yes, I have some sympathy and I acknowledge their marvellous contribution to the cause of classical music.
However, my point has been made and I do not wish to belabour it.
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