“They obliterated it with some fatuous piece of commentary about something else,” [Orlando] Gough said. “I am incensed. It was extraordinary – so much work went into this, we spent hours and hours clearing the rights and negotiating fees and it was reduced to this. It is very, very frustrating, especially when the rest of the coverage was absolutely inane.”
The chorus of criticism of the lamentable coverage of the Jubilee River Pageant from the BBC on Sunday, this time from composers commissioned to produce special pieces of music for the event that were played on the many music barges during the event. If you watched the BBC coverage it was pretty easy to miss, indeed the piece composed by Gough got a grand total of 8 seconds coverage in the four hours of programme.
Naval reviews have been held since 1415, when Henry V surveyed the fleet gathered for the invasion of France. In this century reviews have marked the coronation of George V in 1912, the mobilisation of the fleet in 1914, the coronation of George VI in 1937, the coronation of the present Queen in 1953, her silver jubilee in 1977 and the bicentenary of Trafalgar in 2005. The Queen’s golden jubilee was another casualty of defence cuts, with no review.