BBC Proms 48, 50, 52, 56 and BBC Chamber Music Prom 6
Revelling in the discovery, courtesy of new research from the department of psychology at Cambridge University, that as a "classical buff" I am "quiet, friendly, responsible and intelligent" but also "unathletic, physically unattractive and dull", I've been hard put to know how best to celebrate. It certainly takes the pressure off.
Luckily it's been a star-studded week at the Proms, with ample time to ponder these findings. Watching thousands of Prommers in the arena, not a catwalk model among them, standing motionless through stirring accounts of Shostakovich's Symphony No 8 from the LSO and Valery Gergiev or Strauss's Alpine Symphony from the Dresden Staatskapelle, one fact is clear: for such poor athletes they have strong legs. I won't say "we" as I always have a seat. True they are quiet. Who but a music buff could keep totally silent for 50 minutes of epic Strauss, entranced and transfixed?