The Proms (B'ham)

Around Christmas and New Year we’ve been to the UK and The Netherlands. In the UK we visited, among other activities, The Proms in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, the interior of it shown by this picture. (Thanks, L. & M. for inviting us!)

It’s a typical British tradition, so a lot of little Union Flags were distributed when buying a program. Some even wore a bowler hat in Union Flag-pattern.

Ready for take-off: the orchestra has arrived and everyone is eagerly awaiting the conductor to follow suit.

Waving the little flags and community singing during Arne’s repeated ‘Rule, Brittania!’ – see and hear the next item

Rule, Brittania!

The composer Thomas Augustine Arne (1710 – 1778) composed a version of ‘God Save the King/Queen’ but made himself immortal –at least for the British- by composing ‘Rule, Brittania!’. For anyone wanting to know more about him, see

More waving and of course community singing when Elgar’s ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ was performed, again repeated – see and hear the next item. We did not back out from the waving and singing, far from it, and expected to be awarded with a British passport at the exit. It was not to be, so we’re still in the ‘possession’ of a single nationality.

Land of Hope and Glory

Edward Elgar lived from 1857 to 1934. 'Land of Hope and Glory is a part of his ‘Pomp and Circumstance March No 1’. He’s is also known for his cello concert and the ‘Enigma Variations’ from which the very moving Variation No 9, ‘Nimrod’, is a traditional part of The Proms too. More information about Elgar: see