The broadcaster confirmed that versions of both the patriotic songs could be played following controversy over reports they would be axed from the concert. However, an outcry has been prompted by the choice to shed the lyrics.
Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen tweeted: “The BBC is reported to be considering banning the singing of patriotic songs in the proms.
“They want you to be ashamed to be British nonetheless. It merely makes me embarrassed of the BBC management.
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice blasted: “If BBC would like to cancel our patriotism & our history by not singing Rule Britannia & Land of Hope & Glory, therefore I want to cancel my license fee.
“They are in breach of their contract with the British people #DefundTheBBC.”
Former Brexit Party MEP Martin Daubney fumed: “Another nail in the coffin for the BBC since they cowardly buckle & eliminate the lyrics to patriotic’ tunes such as Rule Britannia at the Proms.
“Why will the BBC despise Britain, our legacy?
“This is pure, provocative cultural vandalism!”
Former editor of The Sun Kelvin MacKenzie hit: “Suspect there is going to be anger and resentment at BBC’s ludicrous conclusion last night to maintain the music but ditch the lyrics to Land of Hope and Glory.
“Your money is paying their wages. Defund the BBC.”
Ex-Brexit Party MEP Michael Heaver wrote: “Songs without lyrics. Additional evidence the BBC has gone completely insane.”
Mass #DefundTheBBC back “
Conservative commentator Darren Grimes added: “In censoring the patriotic anthems of our past, the BBC has sided with those who attempt to destroy the unity in our background, our cultural rituals, our customs and that precious pride in being British.
“The BBC is siding with those who decided to split and destroy what binds us.”
“Individuals will be disgusted by this level of political correctness. The one thing that requires cancelling is the BBC itself.”
The traditional anthems are played in the Last Night of the Proms as the audience enthusiastically waves, flags and sings together.
But orchestral variations without lyrics will be performed in London on September 12, which will have no audience due to coronavirus measures.
Anne Dudley) and Rule Britannia! As a Component of the Sea Songs, as Henry Wood did in 1905.”
It comes after the Sunday Times noted as organisers feared a backlash over their association with colonialism and 32, the two songs, which can be hugely popular, could be ditched.
Boris Johnson waded into the row, with a Downing Street spokesman saying the Prime Minister believes in handling the “substance” not the “symbols” of problems.
And Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden tweeted: “Rule Britannia!
“(I) Share concerns of many about their prospective removal and also have increased this with (the) BBC.
“Confident forward-looking countries don’t erase their background; they add to it.”