After thinking about it in some depth, I have decided not to watch the Last Night of the Proms this evening when it is broadcast on the BBC.
Ordinarily, I try to arrange my evening around being available for the event and tune in with great excitement, but over the past few years I have become increasingly disenchanted with how it is presented on television.
What was once a grand party event inside the Albert Hall for the Promenaders and which we the mere public were graciously permitted to vicariously attend, has mutated into a gigantic festival of events dotted all around the country.
Not to say that this is a bad thing – I think it is brilliant, but the television side of covering the event has changed as well, as various celeb presenters are scattered around the place and the television viewing public are lurched from Hyde Park to Cardiff to Edinburgh and back around again with such speed that it leaves me dizzy with disorientation.
The Last Night of the Proms has become a mirror of another Last Night – the one that occurs on the last day of the year, as the various televison channels compete to show the most parties, the most people screaming and pull in the most guest celebs.
I would love to be able to sit at home, and simply watch the events inside the Royal Albert Hall, without being asked to endure – for endure it is – various episodes of Irish jigs, Welsh singing and Scottish music when I would much rather be watching the events in the Hall.
Maybe the BBC will give us a “hall only” option on the Red Button next year?