I have to admit that I wasn’t concentrating on the Beethoven 9
in Prom 75 especially closely. My mind was on other things.
There are special arrangements for queueing for the Last Night
of the Proms (Prom 76). Those queueing arrangements begin at
4.00pm the day before, which also happens to be the day for
Consequently I turned up at the Albert Hall for 5.00pm, got my
name on a list of names for the Last Night of the Prom queue on
the strict understanding I turned up for a roll-call outside
the Hall at 10.15pm that night. After that I’d be required to
attend a roll call on Saturday 13 September at 10.00am and then
another at 3.00pm. I know all of this because the helpful
Albert Hall staff handed me an A4 page of instructions. It does
make for quite dry reading.
So having attended the first roll-call last night after Prom
75, I can now confirm I am sick of queueing and arrangements
and lists and having my name called out.
Not only that, I can now absolutely confirm based on personal
experience alone that gaining entry to the Last Night of the
Proms is considerably more difficult than getting into the
Eurovision Song Contest.
Still, at least I have the prospect of watching a mate play the
trumpet fanfare from Belfast live in the second half of
tonight’s Prom. Over the past three years I’ve watched him do
that on TV at home. Tonight I’ll see him on a massive screen in
That’s surely worth all the roll-calls.