In 1992 I was working in London and bought a season ticket to the BBC Proms Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. My season ticket allowed me to queue up each night for a chance to have a bit of floor space for whatever amazing concert was on the docket for that night. I heads tons of great music, orchestras, and soloists that year. But as a young, and die-hard, Anglophile, I was particularly interested in going to the Last Night, which is a little on the zany side. (In many ways too zany for me.) I wrote about it at length in 2010.
Recently I came across a recording from that Last Night in 1992 and showed John the numerous, grainy, times I appear on the video. And if you don’t care so much about playing Where’s Waldo with my visage, you can enjoy Dame Kiri Te Kanawa (particularly at 25:45).
Anyhoo, here are all the times that I spotted myself. (The best shot begins at the 3:40 mark.)
3:07 to 3:17 That’s me in the white shirt and glasses looking quite stern in the bottom right of the image.
3:40 to 3:45 Singing “…wider still and wider…” from Land of Hope and Glory scrolling from the bottom left to the right. Kind of hard to miss me on this one.
4:25 to 4:32 About half way up the right of the screen.
5:13 I emerge from the right side of the screen as the camera pulls out.
13:45 I appear to be looking at, then yawning behind, my program.
14:05 In profile half way up the right side of the screen.
15:08 to 15:12 I begin to appear in the middle right and then move over off the right side of the screen.
20:01 to 20:04 I appear in the upper right looking at my program and humming along.
21:37 to 21:46 At Sir Andrew Davis’ shoulder level (to the right).
25:45 Lead up to Kiri’s high P-flat at 25:48. (Obviously I don’t have perfect pitch, but the note is high.)
34:01 to 34:21 – Belting out God Save the Queen