Emma Raducanu will kill Last Night of the Proms

Emma Raducanu will kill Last Night of the Proms


norman lebrecht

September 11, 2021

The television clash can have only one winner.

The BBC’s Last Night of the Proms goes into high-audience mode on BBC1 at 9pm.

Exactly the moment Emma Raducanu walks out to play the final of the US Open. It’s on Channel 4 and Amazon Prime.

There can only be one winner.


  • Elizabeth Owen says:

    You can use BBC IPLayer!

  • Rob says:

    Well Katie Derham just said Skelton’s Wagner backfired so it doesn’t take much…

  • Herbie G says:

    I’m not a great sports fan. As a passionate devotee of classical music since I was knee-high to a grasshopper; one who loves symphonic music; one who has enjoyed the proms for decades, and one who admires the greatest performing artists, the choice between the Last Night of the Proms and Raducanu is a no-brainer. I shall be watching our Emma and hoping that this amazing and modest schoolgirl will gain the victory she deserves.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      I was looking for some gender equality in the US Open with the women having to play the best of five for the same prize money. When they do this I’ll start watching women’s tennis. In the meantime, the men’s tennis is where all the excitement is.

      • Hornbill says:

        I would normally agree with you but on this occasion I found that watching the tennis with the sound turned down and listening to LNOTP made for a pretty satisfactory evening.

      • Hans-Dieter Glaubke says:

        Surely, you have not a clue, wherein lies excitement in tennis! If Bruckner and Mahler are “five setters”, then Satie is, surely, a “three setter”. Adding to your misunderstanding of tennis, only the majors require the possibility of five sets for men.

      • Nelson says:

        Your loss. $$$s uber alles? What a limiting way to see the world. And if you didn’t watch how would you know whether it was exciting or not. Sheesh… enjoy your judgemental snobby high ground.

      • obviously... says:

        Longer, more boring, matches?

      • Le Křenek du jour says:

        To be logically consistent, I suppose you won’t listen to symphonic music until all players have to perform the same number of notes for the same amount of money?

        In the meantime, the solo organ is where all the excitement is.

      • mary says:

        You know shit about sports.

        Which is still more than what you know about classical music.

      • True North says:

        This is a dangerously progressive opinion. Be careful: the next step is to don a red armband, a desire to sing joyfully of the fatherland, and an urge to report your neighbour for thought crimes.

    • Maria says:

      Your choice!

  • Couperin says:

    And the winner is Emma!! I saw her play this past Monday the 6th, a blistering dismantling of Shelby Rogers. Raducanu had the crowd pumped and was truly excited by the energy in the stadium.

  • Tony Sanderson says:

    Emma was the winner. What a great moment for her and the country as a whole. Leylah Fernandez played brilliantly too. Their post-match speaches showed exceptional maturity. Well done to both of them.

  • sam says:

    It’s a generational battle, the channel that wins reflects the soul of Britain today, and how much it wins by will reflect the soul of Britain tomorrow.

    Regarding the Last Night of the Proms, the most absolutely spot-on, hilarious, true take on it is the final episode of season 6 of Inside No. 9.

  • Maria says:

    I unashamedly watched the Last Night of the Proms.

  • Jackyt says:

    I expect we weren’t alone in watching the Prom on TV, while the tennis was playing (without sound) on the lap top in front of us.
    Yes, what went wrong with Skelton’s voice during the two Wagner songs?

  • Stweart says:

    A good Proms series,generally,but –
    US Open v Last Night ?
    Better have fireworks than a damp squib !

  • Miko says:


    For those watching the LNOTP, our friends at EUflagmafia helped ensure that certain traditions were preserved.

  • Rob Keeley says:

    Thank good ness for IPlayer. And what a wonderful, supercharged, joyful LNorP it was. i don’t often thank the BBC, but this was a marvellous and heartwarming event.

  • Corno di Caccia says:

    An easy choice for me as I find Tennis about as interesting as watching paint dry. The only sporting event worth my attention yesterday was Ronaldo’s return to the Theatre of Dreams. So, my evening viewing was unchallenged and I settled down to watch the Treaclefest that was the Last Night of the newly-created-politically-correct-wokist BBC Proms with that well-known classical music expert Katie Derham, the undisputed Queen of the Professional Smile, and her panel of equally knowledgeable experts; well, at least Gareth Malone – who looked as bored and underwhelmed as I was – knows what he’s on about.
    Personally, I found it the most boring Last Night I’ve ever seen. None of the programmed pieces sat well with each other and much was made of a single symphonic movement by Florence Price which was mediocre at best and that probably explains why it’s not been performed for years. Stuart Skelton was definitely not at his best in the two strangely-programmed Wagner songs (who on earth thought ‘In Treibhaus’ would work?); still, the cocktails looked nice and produced another winning professional smile from KD.
    The patriotic stuff – along with Maestro Oramo’s fine speech – were the highlights of an otherwise dreary evening and it certainly was moving to see the RAH reasonably full of people singing their hearts out again. Inspired by this, I’m writing new words to that old Thomas Arne favourite, ‘Rule Britannia’, which begins, `Goodbye Wokists, it’s time you all …… off! ‘ I hope it catches on.

    • V. Lind says:

      Like the sentiment. Good luck with the rhyme scheme. I’d try to end that first line with “woke,” if I were you — easier follow-on rhymes do jump to mind.

    • True North says:

      If progressives are “wokes”, can we start calling the regressives “sleepers”?

  • erich says:

    Probably the best thing that could happen. From the three talking heads spouting inanities, to the second rate soloists, ro rhe false bonhomie and ‘inclusivity’ of the second-rate programme, the whole thing stank.