The BBC Henry Wood Promenade Concerts are a highlight of my summer and they have been so since my teenage years. And thanks to BBC Radio 3 I can hear each and every one of them wherever I am.
This evening’s concert, given by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Zubin Mehta, was a low point in the Proms history. The concert was disrupted by about a dozen anti-Israel protesters, and owing to the ongoing disturbance the BBC cut short the live broadcast.
But seconds before the broadcast was cut I heard the audience booing the protesters and chanting, “Out! Out! Out!” And reports tell me the protesters were wrestled to the ground by security and ejected con brio.
There may be many reasons to protest against Israel, but by protesting against musicians in a concert hall, these people did nothing but disgrace themselves and their cause.
The Proms audience in the Royal Albert Hall are not on the side of these protesters, and I’m pretty sure the overwhelming majority of the UK’s population aren’t either. In fact they’ve probably become pro-Israel because of those morons.
Radio 3 will be broadcasting tonight’s performance on Wednesday at 2:30pm without all the cretinous haranguing from that lame-brained dozen. It ended with Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” which I’m sure was greet with roaring applause.