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Question:

Which British conductor died just two weeks after making his valedictory appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in September 1967?

Response:

Sir Malcolm Sargent

Sir Thomas Beecham

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It was Malcolm Sargent. Sargent was chief conductor of the Proms from 1948 until his death.

Sir Adrian Boult

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Which piece – performed at the 2009 Last Night – is scored for three vacuum cleaners, one floor polisher and three rifles?

Response:

John Cage's 'Fifteen Domestic Minutes'

Sir Malcolm Arnold's 'A Grand, Grand Overture'

Pierre Schaffer's 'Etude aux objets'

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It was Sir Malcolm Arnold's 'A Grand Grand Overture'. Sir David Attenborough performed the part of the floor poliser while Rory Bremner played the rifle along with pianist Stephen Hough and broadcaster Martha Kearney. Violinist Jennifer Pike and DJ Goldie played the vacuum cleaner.

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A massed orchestra of what instrument played arrangements of Jerusalem, Wagner’s ‘Ride of the Valkyries’ and ‘Anarchy in the UK’ at the 2009 Proms?

Response:

Banjos

Kazoos

Ukuleles

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Correct! The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain performed a programme of Last Night favourites as they'd never been heard before.

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In 1995 a Last Night work by Harrison Birtwistle provoked a flood of angry calls to the BBC. Name the work.

Response:

Panic

Earth Dances

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It was Panic. The work was the first piece of contemporary music ever to be performed at the Last Night of the Proms. The Daily Mail and Daily Express labelled it 'a horrible cacophony' and 'unmitigated rubbish'.

The Axe Manual

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To which building did the Proms briefly relocate during World War II?

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The National Gallery

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It was Bedford Corn Exchange. The home of the Proms – the Queen's Hall in London – was destroyed by bombs in 1941. The festival moved to the Royal Albert Hall until that became too dangerous and in 1944 the Proms went to Bedford for the season.

Bedford Corn Exchange

Sheffield City Hall

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Who, scheduled to conduct the Last Night in 1990, was replaced at short notice after he made public concerns about the suitability of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ for the occasion?

Response:

Sir Andrew Davis

Sir Charles Mackerras

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It was Sir Mark Elder. Sir Andrew Davis stepped into the breach to conduct a programme which included Vaughan Williams's Overture from 'The Wasps' Suite, Rossini's 'William Tell' Overture and, yes, Elgar's 'Land of Hope and Glory'.

Sir Mark Elder

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In which decade was the Last Night’s famous closing sequence of works – ‘Rule Britannia’, Jerusalem, the National Anthem – first established?

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1950s

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Correct!

1960s

1970s

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What Proms scenario in 2005 prompted the reaction from a member of the Albert Hall staff: ‘That was quite a nerve-wracker – our biggest event, and we were in real danger of losing it.’

Response:

A power-cut caused a temporary blackout at the Albert Hall

The Albert Hall management team received word of a bomb threat

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Correct! Following a five-hour search of the venue the concert started with only a small delay.

Last Night conductor Sir Roger Norrington was taken ill shortly before the performance

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Which work, premiered at the Proms in 1943, was described by war-weary conductor Adrian Boult as providing a glimpse of a happier future ‘once this madness is over’.

Response:

Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony

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Correct! The work was begun in 1938 and despite the backdrop of the Second World War, conjures up images of the English countryside.

Suk's 'Towards a New Life'

Dale's 'The Flowing Tide'

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Name the composer and title of the Proms’ theme tune, used for the televised concerts.

Response:

Arthur Bliss's 'A Colour Symphony'

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Correct! It's 'Red' from Bliss's 'A Colour Symphony'

Sir Henry Wood's 'Fantasia on British Sea Songs'

Eugene Goossens's 'Silence'

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