So did anyone else catch the ultra-rare Proms performance of this at the RAH last night? [The last full UK performance was in 1980, and it's only ever been performed on half a dozen occasions since it was written in 1927] I was with a group of friends stood in the centre of the arena, which I think must have been acoustically one of the plumbest spots in the house to appreciate the spatial effects at play - the gigantic orchestra in front with the multiple enormous choirs laid out above and beyond, and also around to the sides; plus the 4 vocal soloists, 8 trumpeters in the gallery and the 4 brass and timpani choirs arranged pointing sideways across the auditorium at each other in banks. Certainly, when the brass choirs all got going at once along with the onstage orchestra, the effect where we were was cataclysmic... It's just an astonishing piece of music... Most of 2 hours long, a thousand performers (including 24 trumpets, 14 trombones and 10 tubas), covering a massive range of musical scenarios, often interwoven with Havergal Brian's madly dense counterpoint, but making great play of the biggest contrasts too, in order to buttress the structures. It's still available on iPlayer if you missed it, though I doubt that a recording can recapture the occasion in all of its glory. We were wondering about the allocation of arena places - it seemed decidedly less packed than we were expecting - and this was despite about a third of the arena being taken over by the extended stage and a queue outside that looked fit to burst the arena at least twice over. Because we went to the afternoon prom too (a nice organ recital with a premiere of a Judith Bingham piece), we were shifted into a queue that was given first access to the arena, but we were near the back of that and it didn't feel as if many of the regular queue at all had got in after us. We were speculating as to whether they had simply closed the doors at or near the appointed concert start time regardless of the fullness of the arena and remaining queue (as they had been very late opening them and the concert got underway more or less on time)? If that was so, then a lot of people would have been left outside after queueing for hours. Anyone have any ideas on that? Or did we just overestimate the size of the queue? After all, it did pour down heavily with rain a couple of times during the afternoon, which must have put some off.