With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, several events have been canceled, including the Last Night of the Proms and the Mercury Music Prize show.
On Saturday, the Royal Albert Hall was supposed to host the season finale of the annual Proms concert series.
According to the event’s organizers, they decided to call off the celebration out of respect.
It was planned for Thursday, but when nominees began arriving at the London site, the Mercury Music Prize ceremony was postponed.
Sam Fender and Little Simz, among others, had already arrived and begun rehearsing for the event when they heard the news of the Queen’s death. The show was scheduled to air on BBC Four.
In a statement, the organizers said, “Our thoughts and condolences are with The Royal Family at this extremely sad moment.”
Self Esteem, Wet Leg, Harry Styles, and Gwenno were also up for Album of the Year. The organizers promised to reveal the new date “as soon as we are able.”
Alan Davey, the controller of BBC Radio 3, made a brief announcement from the stage at 19:30 BST to cut short Thursday night’s Proms event.
As the event came to an abrupt end, the Philadelphia Orchestra played the national anthem and Elgar’s Nimrod.
A curtain was drawn across the back of the Royal Box seats and left closed out of respect.
Following the very sad news of the death of Her Majesty The Queen, as a mark of respect we will not be going ahead with Prom 71 on Friday 9 September, or the Last Night of the Proms on Saturday 10 September.
— BBC Proms (@bbcproms) September 8, 2022
In the meantime, the premiere of the Royal Opera House’s new staging of Mozart’s Don Giovanni was postponed.
The venue’s CEO, Alex Beard, released a statement saying, “We are immensely saddened to learn of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”
Her lengthy support of the arts was well appreciated, and it was noted that “her funding of the Royal Opera House was a source of great pleasure to all our artists and staff.”
It’s been announced that the Opera House would be closed on the day of the official burial for the Queen.
The Royal Shakespeare Company’s Richard III and Matilda the Musical performances in Stratford-upon-Avon and London, respectively, went on as scheduled despite several theatres lowering their house lights on Thursday.
The business released a statement quoting Shakespeare: “She shall be, to the bliss of England, / An ancient princess; many days shall see her / And yet no day without a deed to crown it.” This line refers to the future monarch Elizabeth I.
Adapted for modern audiences, the RSC noted that Elizabeth II “sought the happiness of England with her steady service, surely lived many days, and did a wonderful deed on everyone.”
Everyman and Playhouse theatres in Liverpool were lighted in purple out of respect for the Queen, and the Royal Exchange in Manchester launched a book of condolences. You can check out TheActiveNews.Com for the most recent and most interesting news and updates.