Must the BBC Proms drop Rule, Britannia?main
Chi-chi Nwanoku, founder of the Chineke! orchestra, is among the sponsors of a campaign to have Thomas Arne’s song ‘Rule, Britannia’ removed from the Last Night of the Proms because it was ‘written in 1740 at the height of British slavery, (and) is offensive in today’s society.’
The BBC should also remove ‘Jerusalem’ out of solidarity with BDS and the Henry Wood Sea-songs because they promote naval aggression.
Happily, the petition so far has gained fewer than 200 signatures.