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The Proms are a magnificent institution and rightly celebrate diversity. But this must not come at the cost of the core classical tradition

By Martin Kettle   May 2009

The 115th season of the BBC Proms continues to bring the world’s best classical music to increasingly wide audiences. Or at least, that’s what the man in charge of the 2009 Proms, Roger Wright, says it does. That opening sentence is his, not mine, and it comes from Wright’s own published overview of this summer’s season, which starts on 17th July. But is it true? I have my doubts.

It is not my intention to knock the Proms. The Proms are wonderful. No other country has a festival to match them, especially at the price they charge. They are one…

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