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Orchestral versions of Land Of Hope And Glory and Rule Britannia! will be performed at the famous Last Night Of The Proms, the BBC has confirmed.

The traditional anthems had reportedly been in doubt due to their perceived association with colonialism and slavery.

The broadcaster has said the culmination of the annual celebration of classical music will include "familiar, patriotic elements".

It comes after The Sunday Times claimed organisers were considering dropping several traditional songs in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Image: The event is usually watched live at the Royal Albert Hall by an audience of over 6,000

The newspaper claimed Finnish conductor Dalia Stasevska was "keen to modernise the evening's repertoire and reduce the patriotic elements".

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And it said the BBC was "yet to agree" the final programme amid "concern" about "how to respond to the ongoing debates over race equality".

Fury then broke out about the event which usually takes place in mid-September and is watched live by more than 6,000 at the Royal Albert Hall in London – but will go ahead without an audience this year due to coronavirus.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesman intervened to say songs should not be dropped from the performance and Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted he had raised his concerns with the BBC.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster initially said they were "still finalising arrangements".

Then on Monday evening, a new statement clarified the instrumental versions of traditional songs including Land Of Hope and Glory and Rule Britannia! will still feature.

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