Land of Hope and Glory

The last Night of the Proms is one of our great British traditions, nowadays made even greater by the thousands that can join in from Hyde Park and elsewhere.

Here conductor Jiří Bělohlávek leads the BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Symphony Orchestra in a rousing rendition of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, otherwise known as Land of Hope and Glory.

Land of Hope and Glory – The Words

 

And for those of us that can’t stop ourselves singing along here are the words –

Land of hope and glory, mother of the free
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still and wider shall thy bounds be set
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet

 

Fun fact!

Elgar was a keen cyclist. In 1900 he bought the new Royal Sunbeam bicycle, which he nicknamed “Mr Phoebus”.

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