Saturday, December 11, 2010

Please Stand



What an absolutely fantastic arrangement of the National Anthem.

22 comments:

Alan Douglas said...

Was that you singing away at 2:28, on the last "Queen" ?

Alan Douglas

richardwillisuk said...

Bl**dy fantastic!!

Does that make a "Mainstream" Conservative? :-)

Richard said...

Fantastic, amazing, wonderful arrangement, and superb performance. I've sung *an* arrangement of it by Britten before, which I thought was the best arrangement I had heard, but this was a better one. Thank you. Can I sit down now?

Simon Harley said...

The first verse sounded like it was being sung at a funeral. The second sounded like a march. Why couldn't they just do it in the usual manner?

JMB said...

Pity a few idiots in the crowd had to spoil it.

john in cheshire said...

Wonderful. If only we lived up to the promise that the rendition offers us.

cynicalHighlander said...

Are the wheels coming off the Union?
Iain Dale, who had been fizzing quietly with Unionist indignation, entered the discussion, saying that it was “an absolute outrage” that English taxpayers were subsidising Welsh and Scottish students at the English universities. “The only solution is devolved government for England …

I hope you still stand by that Iain.

Iain Dale said...

You seriously think I change my mind within 48 hours?

I have been advocating an English Parliament for years. It's just that you haven't noticed.

cynicalHighlander said...

"I have been advocating an English Parliament for years. It's just that you haven't noticed."

You'll have to shout louder because its the first time I have seen it and good luck because its the only fair solution for Englands residents in this disunited UK.

Euan said...

Bleuuuurrrgh!!

Johnny Norfolk said...

Great arrangement, we need more of this and less student thugs.

Anoneumouse said...

What a load of every year prom bollocks

Oh yes Iain and where is your stand?

I get my nuts out and wave a union flag of St George, st Andrew, Qatrikias; cothraige or Coithrige, Pátraic Pádraig Patrikios; Patric Padric Padrig Patric or some aeshole with an Irish accent waving an EU flag.

Dale............stand and deliver!

Chris A said...

Absolutely hideous. The best version is the Henry Wood arrangement itself

Michele said...

Usual comments from the chronically offended of course - sad really. Yes Euan, I'm talking to you.

So Just for Euan, can we have a link to 'Land of Hope and Glory' - I think he'd really like that!!

Paddy Briggs said...

Superb. Britten's arrangement - that man was a true musical master. He could do anything!

Stephen Gillespie said...

THe Gordon Jacob version is better, or indeed the Henry WOod.

Stephen Gillespie said...

I prefer the Gordon Jacob arrangement, or indeed the Henry Wood, but this ain't bad.

Steve H said...

***You seriously think I change my mind within 48 hours?***

No, Iain. Just depending on which party has been caught out in misbehaving.

Andrew said...

As Craig Revel Horwood would say, FAB-U-LOUS!

Euan said...

Sorry Michele, the only anthem I'm even remotely interested in is Flower of Scotland.

I'm still reeling over 1745.

Ian Fergus said...

To Euan,

Ah, that historic dirge written in, er, 1967.

I was at the RAH for the Last Night this year and was sitting behind the choir. I was a bit sceptical when i saw in the Programme that we were to keep quiet during the first verse. It was an unexpected pleasure.

Philip said...

Yes its absolutely fantastic. The Bliss version of the National Anthem is also excellent. Perhaps they could play at next year's LNOTP.