"Land of Hope and Glory" has traditionally been sung by the audience amidst flag-waving at the climax of the Last Night of the BBC Proms. The lyrics were reputedly inspired by mining magnate and politician Cecil Rhodes, who has been attacked by some historians as a ruthless imperialist and white supremacist. Some critics wanted "Land of Hope And Glory" and "Rule, Britannia!
" to be removed from the 2020 Last Night Of The Proms concert in the context of the Black Lives Matter debate, so the BBC came up with a compromise. They decided the two songs would remain, but be performed instrumentally and also moved away from the event's traditional grand finale.
After a huge public outcry, the BBC backtracked on their decision a week later and announced both songs would now be sung by a select group of vocalists during the 2020 Last Night of the Proms.