Russian cannon are back at the Royal Albert Hall

Russian cannon are back at the Royal Albert Hall


norman lebrecht

March 13, 2022

What could be more timely, more newsworthy, more madly insensitive than this upcoming entertainment?

The promoter, Raymond Gubbay Ltd, is owned by those nice people at Sony. Maybe someone should advise them that Russia’s thundering cannons are unwelcome anywhere on earth at the moment.


  • Alexander says:

    Will it be for the total victory over global fascism ( I mean vaccination) or just first fireworks to Mr. Ashtar Sheran and his pleiadean forces of light? Tchaik first concerto is also good for the occasion 😉
    PS …and the light finally takes its shape 😉 Norman, you made my day with your comments 😉

    • music lover says:

      Get professional help.Words from the mental asylum.

    • Dima says:

      No Sasha,
      Fascism today are NOT the vaccines that have saved countless of lives. Today to fight against fascism means to fight against Putler’s armies and missiles.

      Still, great to see you are in such a good mood today. Hope you are enjoying your TV news.

      • Alexander says:

        NBC’s main news is somewhat like “Gas theft on the rise as price soar…” If you enjoy that it is good for you. I prefer to soar over the situation …. Hope the jab you have got before won’t affect your mind and immune system seriously ….
        PS I haven’t watched TV or other political engaged propaganda for at least 7 years or so , apparently that was the reason for me to stay away from all that P.A.N.-demia et al .. cheers 😉

  • Felix says:

    Forget the thundering cannons – perhaps they’ll use Putinesque thermobaric missiles that can vaporise the audience (who probably will have walked out by then anyhow – I would).

    • Sisko24 says:

      LOL! Well, at leat give (former U.S. President) Jimmy Carter credit: he had the decency and humanity to veto the U.S. from deploying the neutron bomb which Pravda described as the perfect capitalistic weapon because it got rid of the labor while preserving the capital.

  • Peter says:

    YoU aRe aLl sUcH BrAvE aNd gReAt PeOpLe

  • Stephen Maddock says:

    Not any more. They changed the programme a couple of weeks ago, at the request of the RPO I believe:

    A good decision at this time.

  • Nurhan Arman says:

    This is what real courage looks like! Cancelling a culture or music of Tchaikovsky is not courage, it’s ignorance and hysteria.

    “Asked whether the orchestra would play Tchaikovsky compositions in the square, Herman Makarenko, the conductor, shook his head. “We don’t have enough musicians,” he explained, adding that in any case the ensemble wanted to play Ukrainian music. For decades, Ukrainians have cringed as Russians embraced Tchaikovsky as their own. Ukrainians argue that the great composer saw himself as Ukrainian and spent many years visiting Kyiv and other parts of Ukraine.”

  • Corno di Caccia says:

    Brilliant stuff. In which direction are they aiming the Cannons? I’ve got a suggestion.

  • Alun lewis says:

    Yes it should go ahead. The world has gone mad.

  • Olly says:

    If you are going to put this stuff up Norman, please keep up to date! 1812 was pulled from this program several days ago!

  • Norabide Guziak says:

    Tchaikovsky is welcome everywhere, all the time.

  • _ G says:

    Seriously? “How can you play Tchaikovsky right now?” Stop the feckless virtue signalling and grow up.

  • BassPos says:

    A cursory look at the RAH website would show that this has been pulled.

  • sonicsinfonia says:

    Did we stop playing music by German composers during WW2? Didn’t Beethoven become the symbol of the BBC and freedom? The Russian anthem contained within the 1812 Overture is the old Imperial one which even Putin hasn’t reinstated (yet!). As Stephen comments, the programme has been changed. Isn’t it better to play music to a full house than not to play? It is not the Russian people who are at fault here, just their leader.

    • Sisko24 says:

      During WWI here in the U.S., anti-German hysteria was so prevalent that playing Beethoven became almost a sign of treason. I had a neighbor, a wonderful woman, who flouted convention in her youth – she marched for women’s’ sufferance – who told me she would loudly sing or hum Beethoven tunes…at least that is when she and her ‘beau’ weren’t being hellions by riding on his newfangled motorbike! Don’t know if it was an Indian or a Harley.

  • Andrew Frankl says:

    As mentioned previously, the 1812 overture was pulled from the programme a couple of weeks ago. I am taking part in the concert this weekend and it is NOT on the list of music and has been replaced with Ravel’s Bolero.

  • Player says:

    Um, oh dear, Norman… You yourself reported on 2nd March that this item had been pulled?

    As others have pointed out, nothing has changed since.

    So what are you on about?