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Global broadcast for Proms finale

Last Night of Proms, 2008
About 5,200 people attend the Last Night at the Royal Albert Hall

The Last Night Of The Proms is to be broadcast live to cinemas around the world, it has been announced.

Audiences in countries such as Japan and Australia will be able to join in with the flag-waving renditions of Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule, Britannia!

The 12 September broadcast has been organised by BBC Worldwide Music, part of the corporation's commercial arm.

The finale is already seen on large screens around the UK at a number of outdoor Proms In The Park events.

It is the culmination of the annual eight-week celebration of classical music, and is renowned for its audience participation and patriotic tone.

Vacuum cleaners

This year, the usual performances of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March (Land of Hope and Glory) and Rule, Britannia! will be led by David Robertson.

But the night features a more unusual offering in the shape of Malcolm Arnold's A Grand Grand Overture, which features parts for vacuum cleaners, a floor polisher and rifles.

According to BBC Worldwide, the extravaganza will be seen in 15 countries around the world, including Germany, South Africa, New Zealand, Norway and Canada.

The satellite feed will be provided in digital surround sound in order to replicate as fully as possible the atmosphere of the live show.

Audiences in the UK will also be able to tune in to the 72nd Prom on BBC Two, BBC HD and BBC Radio 3.



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