Tomorrow night is the Last Night of the Proms.
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
The Proms are really wonderful. The Last Night tends to bring me out in hives, but I went to Mahler 3 with Susan Graham last weekend and it was spectacularly good. (My Proms hack is Upper Gallery standing tickets – you never have a long queue and the sound is probably the best in the house, plus it’s very easy to sit down when your feet start to hurt, whereas the arena is often so full that you really can’t do that…)
Ha! I love this. Decades ago I went to a taping of the Ricki Lake Show (lowbrow compared to the Proms!) but I did a similar thing and cataloged when I made an appearance!
OK … I EXIST because of the proms. My parents met in the queue!