Sweltering heat fails to dampen the audience’s spirits
While temperatures were in the 30s, the crowd stomped, clapped, and blew comedy horns throughout the traditional closing song.
In response to their enthusiasm, Marin Alsop ordered several impromptu encores.
The “wonderfully robust” audience was later praised by her.
There was a long line forming early in the morning to get one of the Proms’ on-the-day tickets, which only provide standing access.
Alsop marveled that he had to stand the entire time. I don’t know about you, but my feet are killing me.”
Additionally, Alsop received an extended ovation when she announced that 2023 marked her 10th anniversary as the first woman to conduct the Last Night of the Proms.
According to her, it’s worthy of inclusion in the Guinness Book of Records.
“But as silly as that may seem, it reminds me of how much work remains to build a more equitable world.”
A show of support was also shown for the Singers, who played a crucial role at the concert months after being threatened with closure.
A temporary reprieve was granted in March when external organizations suggested alternative funding models to the corporation.
Conductor Sofi Jeannin says the finer details of those discussions are still being ironed out, but she remains optimistic.
She told Radio 4’s Front Row that the corporation seeks longevity.
It has been assured to us that we will be able to continue programming in the future – and we are planning our centennial concert for next year.”