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BBC Proms 2010: Cinematic Sing-A-Long \ BBC Concert Orchestra \ Keith Lockhart

August 30, 2010

Listen carefully and you’ll probably hear all the Proms stalwarts tutting and sucking in their teeth even now about the BBC Concert Orchestra’s cinematic sing-a-long Prom, assuming you don’t hear their fingers tapping away on the keyboards writing a letter of complaint to Director of the Proms Roger Wright.

On paper, I could be one of those Proms fans. I wasn’t hugely keen on hearing Jamie Cullum do his late night gig – there’s something a little difficult to accept about what still sounds like a contrived voice. Cullum’s gig seemed a little too crossover for the Proms for me. Us Proms stalwarts are a picky bunch.The definition of Proms repertoire is difficult. Even so, Cullum’s concert was a hugely popular concert. It raised a smile amongst a lot of people. A lot of people will have left the Royal Albert Hall with a smile on their face. And that is a good thing.

So too at the end of the BBC Concert Orchestra’s Hollywood Medley in the second half of this Prom. Hearing 5000 members of the audience at the Royal Albert Hall sing some cinema classics like “As Time Goes By” and “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” was an unexpected joy and one difficult not to join in with. The number from 42nd Street after that was finger-clicking good too.

Be sure to take a listen. Remember, it’s OK to clap along to the beat at the Royal Albert Hall – especially on a Bank Holiday Monday.

:: Listen to the cinematic sing-a-long via BBC iPlayer

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