Ever since the oversight of Roger Wright, the Proms Festival has pushed its boundaries and widened its horizons.
David Pickard’s crossover programme taking Bowie’s repertoire and giving it new treatments by Anna Calvi, John Cale, Marc Almond, Laura Mvula and Elf Kid, sought to pay homage but has attracted widely and wildly diverse reactions and polarised opinion.
Here’s a sample, which just goes to show, you can’t please all of the people all of the time!
David Bowie – BBC Proms 2016………..totally amazing, emotionally and a worthy tribute to the greatest “STAR” Thank you to the BBC
Caught up with proms tribute to David Bowie. Wished I had not bothered. The great man must be turning in his grave.
BBC Proms completely destroyed David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Controversial but true. Just sing the song.BBC Proms completely destroyed David Bowie’s Space Oddity. Controversial but true. Just sing the song.
BBC proms David Bowie @MarcAlmond excellent job with Life on Mars. Pathos and beauty.
Watched majority of David Bowie celebration at the BBC Proms. I saw ‘majority’ because I couldn’t watch Marc Almond murder ‘Life on Mars’.
The David Bowie Proms were great but the bloke who sang Life on Mars butchered it and infuriated me.
Thought it’d be better than this, then again you can’t replicate a genius like Bowie!
Watching the proms tribute to David Bowie. Great arrangements for classic songs.
The Bowie Prom was superb, radical and moving at the same time. And I think I’ve fallen in love with the flautist!