As part of the Eroica analysis, it was pointed out that Richard Strauss had borrowed some of the phrases from the funeral march for his Metamorphosen – which piece was played (with music) during the first half. It was a total revelation for me. Metamorphosen was written at the end of WW II as Germany was disintegrating and Strauss was in despair at the destruction of German culture. Wonderful and very moving music, the audience completely silent for many seconds at the end.
The Beethoven was, of course, superb. The more so since we had had a masterclass in understanding how it was put together. There was as loud a roar of approval as I have ever heard at a prom when it finished. The conductor and orchestra taking bow after bow. And both conductor and orchestra were obviously enjoying the performance; when it was over, in a quite charming display of delight in their achievement, the musicians hugged each other.
I should also say that and we had excellent seats in the stalls, just yards from the stage. This provided an intimacy with the musicians while maintaining the acoustics of a large auditorium. It was a prom I shall not forget in a hurry.